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Use Ambient Noise to Help You Relax
Sometimes the outside world can just be a bit too much. Whether you're looking for a break from the busy noises of the outside, or you're looking for soothing sounds to help beat the silence, then this article has all of the websites that you'll need. All of these websites have unique ambient noise aspects, some of which are designed to help with anxiety, and some simply help you to relax and de-stress.
Purrli—The Internet Has a Cat
Purrli is a website that simulates the sounds of a cat purring. You can adjust the speed of the purrs and decide which kind of purring sounds you would like to hear. There is a sliding scale from relaxed to overjoyed, and you can choose how close or distant away the purring sounds are. You can adjust the volume of the purrs and even set a timer. Purrli is perfect for if you're missing your cat and are used to having it with you when you sleep.
Rainymood plays the sounds of a heavy rain, with some ambient music in the background. It is specifically targeted to help with focus (e.g. when writing an essay), relaxation (e.g when meditating), and falling asleep. This website also has apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, which is useful if you like to shut your laptop down before going to sleep or if you're on public transport.
Calm is a website with many different features. Calm has a section on guided meditations to help you relax and relieve anxiety and stress. They also have breathing exercises to help you stay calm if you are feeling panicked and anxious. The sleep section features sleep stories (like bedtime stories but for adults) to help you get to sleep at night. Calm also features beautiful and relaxing moving nature scenes for you to look at and visualise. They also sell sleep mist which is designed to help you get to sleep better (and every $1 from purchasing sleep mist goes towards purchasing HIV medication for those in need).
Raining FM is similar to Rainymood, but has some unique features. On Raining FM you can add sounds such as rolling thunder, and heavy thunder, and you can change the intensity of them to suit your needs. You can also set a timer after which the sounds will turn off. The website also features beautiful backgrounds to match the sounds.
Raining FM also has an app that can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple App Store, which makes it perfect for listening to on the go or for night time once you have shut down your computer.
Virtual Shower has all of the sounds of having a refreshing shower without having to get wet. There are many different customizable features you can change the intensity of the sounds via changing the water pressure, you can also change the size of the room and set the length of the shower. This is especially useful for people who like to shower to clear their head but find it difficult to do so in other situations. This will allow you to recreate your shower environment.
Relaxing Snow is all about visuals. It displays a beautiful photograph of a snowy landscape with gently falling snowflakes drifting down the screen before disappearing at the bottom of the screen. The website also features relaxing music in the background to encourage relaxation, however, this feature can be volume controlled or even muted in order to allow the user to play their own music in the background if they prefer to do so.
Coffitivity is made for the kind of people who love to go to coffee shops to work on writing essays or for their projects. This website mimics the noises of gentle chatter and background noise that you would find in a public place such as a cafe. There are three different modes to choose from: a simple murmur that you might find in the early morning, a busier lunchtime rush, and a university campus cafe.
This website has been peer-reviewed and there is a section on the site that even shows all of the results of how it has been proven to boost productivity.
A Soft Murmur
A Soft Murmur is a website with a very wide variety of ambient noise, all of which can have their intensity toggled via a sliding scale and you can even get a mix of sounds, e.g. Song Birds at the River which mixes water sounds and birdsong. The sounds that can be produced on this website are rain, thunder, ocean waves, wind, fire, birds chirping, crickets, a coffee shop, a singing bowl and static white noise.
A Soft Murmur also has timers that can be set and has an app available from both Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Snowy Mood was inspired Rainymood, and has a very similar theme. Snowy Mood is a very simple website that features a slideshow of beautiful pictures of snowy scenes with the sounds of someone stepping through deep snow playing in the background. This can be paired with some calming wilderness sounds, or some ambient music, to make you feel as though you are really outside in a winter wonderland.
Rainy Cafe is like a combination of Coffitivity and Rainymood. It combines the gentle bustle and chatter of a coffee shop with the sounds of a gentle rain. These settings can be toggled so that you can have one without the other, and there is also a sliding scale that allows you to change the intensity of both sounds. The website itself claims to encourage individuals to think at a higher level and exhibit higher creativity.
The Fireplace is a very scientifically designed website that plays the sounds of a crackling fire. It is highly customizable with the ability to adjust the bass, treble and frequency of the sounds. They also have preset levels that you can choose from, examples of such are comfy, warm, and cozy, and damp logs. The website that makes The Fireplace also has many different other noise generators that you can explore at your leisure until you find something that you really love.
The Fireplace has lots of testimonials with people saying that it de-stressed them and helps them get to sleep.
Thank You for Reading
Thank you for reading my article on ambient noise websites. If you use any of these please do comment below to let me know if they were able to help you relax or be more productive. Please also comment if you use any websites that I have not mentioned that you would like to recommend that I add to this list.
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Eric Farmer from Rockford Illinois on January 03, 2018:
I use http://mynoise.net. I tend to use noise to calm down. I also use noise to block out distracting sounds. I like the sound of white noise myself.
Jessie Watson from Wenatchee Washington on December 12, 2017:
I've really been getting into Gregorian Chant lately for meditation.
Soundtracks with the least variability are better for concentration in my experience. I have a special track that I listen when I study math that gets me in the zone every time. It's just a simple middle eastern drum loop.