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Virtual Stress Relief: Exercise & Meditation

Virtual stress relief from Eckerd College Library.

Yoga, Dance and Exercise

A group of four people doing yoga on a beach

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga with Adriene is a great YouTube channel for yoga sessions to fit your schedule.

Image attribution: "Yoga Retreat On The Beach" by WeTravel licensed under CC BY 2.0

A woman and a man performing a dance routine against a black background

Mark Morris Dance Group

YouTube dance classes from the Mark Morris Dance Group in a variety of styles and for all levels and ages! Watching on YouTube is free, but you can find out more about this dance group and make a donation if able on their website.

Image attribution: "DANCE - Complexions Contemporary Ballet" by Steven Pisano licensed under CC BY 2.0

Exercise mats and equipment

Long + Lean Pilates

Pilates fundamentals and workouts for the family from Long + Lean Pilates

Image attribution: "Two Women Doing Exercise" by Luis Quintero via Pexels

Keep Calm and Craft On

Skeins of yarn in shades of white, gray, red and blue in a brown basket

How to Knit a Scarf

It's getting chilly out there! Perhaps now is a good time to learn how to knit. Here is a starter video on how to knit a scarf from LoveCrafts. Need supplies, check out the Craft Exchange on the second floor of the Library. 

Image attribution: "Assorted color yarns on brown wicker basket" by Surene Palvie from Pexels

A striped crocheted blanket with crochet hook and string

How to Crochet for Beginners

Rather learn to crochet than knit? No problem! Try this video from ExpressionFiberArts to get started.

Left-handed? Try this video by Naztazia instead!

Image attribution: "Background crochet knitting ravel" by Asya Vlasova from Pexels

Need supplies?

Want to try some of these crafts but don't have the required supplies? Come check out our Craft Exchange on the second floor of the Library. You are free to borrow craft supplies like knitting needles, embroidery hoops, crochet hooks, and take any yarn or floss you need. We also have a collection of craft books in the T section. 

 

 

Keep Calm and Craft On cross stitch

Get into Crafting with Cross Stitch

Cross stitching is an easy way to get into crafting and once you get going, the possibilities are endless. Need supplies? Check out the Craft Exchange where you can borrow embroidery hoops, needles, and floss for your projects.

Meditation

A lake surrounded by woods during the day

Calm

Calm is an app you may have heard of, but their YouTube channel has a number of free meditation options.

From Soothing Sounds and 10-Minute Meditations to an entire series of videos with LeBron James.

Image attribution: "Photo of lake during daytime" by H. Emre from Pexels

A star-filled nighttime photo of a dark blue sky that fades to pink near the horizon of pine trees

Headspace

Headspace is a well-known meditation app, but don't miss out on their NY state of mind for free online meditations and sleep experiences!

They even have sleep meditations specifically for the kids in your life who may need some extra help getting to sleep right now.

Image attribution: "Milky Way Galaxy Night Sky Stars" by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Soothing Sounds

Blue, green and white waves curling up to break

Spotify: Nature Sounds

This album of relaxing nature sounds on Spotify can help calm you for meditation or sleep.

Image attribution: "Surf water wave sea nature" by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay

Sunrise peaking over mountains in the distance cause the sky to go from yellow-white to orange to blue with sparse clouds in the sky

Soothing Relaxation

Composer Peder B. Helland has a collection of his work available on his YouTube channel.

Image attribution: "Sunrise under cloudy sky illustration" by Public Domain Pictures from       Pexels

Shades of gray and white as rain pelts the ground and splashes back up

Relaxing White Noise

From thunderstorms to campfires and airplanes to windstorms on Mars, you are sure to find the right mix of white noise to help calm your mind.

Image attribution: "Rain water" by Tiago Cardoso from Pixabay

An image captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Hot bluish-white clusters of massive stars are scattered throughout the galaxy, interspersed with numerous dustier, reddish regions of current star formation. Massive dark clouds of gas and dust are silhouetted against the starlight.

Space: The Final Relaxation

Federation officers and ensigns! Miss the humming sound of the Enterprise's engines and ambient sounds while stationed on Earth? This 12-hour loop of Star Trek background sounds can help!

Image attribution: "Starburst in NGC 4449 (captured by the Hubble Space Telescope)" by NASA, ESA, A. Aloisi (STScI/ESA), and The Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration licensed under public domain.

Cool, dense north woods forests are a prominent part of the Pictured Rocks landscape.

Legend of Calm

Your favorite films or video games are a great way to find music that is relaxing to you!

Search YouTube or Spotify for these soundtracks. On YouTube you might also be able to find longer loops of your favorite songs: try out this ten hour loop of "Sacred Grove" from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

You may not need all ten hours, but it's there if you need it!

Image attribution: "Forests - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore" by the U.S. National Park Service licensed under public domain.

Sad Music for studying/working

Enjoy the somber taste of librarian, Nancy Schuler's Spotify playlist.

Photo by Engin Akyurt from Pexels

Origami

Origami folded stars out of paper

Origami For Everyone

Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. This historical art form inspires mindfulness, relaxation, and focus. The following links have free origami patterns that you can do at home at any skill level.

Image attribution: "Origami Stars" by emanthy licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Online Coloring

A colored illustration with a floral pattern in shades of blue, green red, pink and yellow

Colorfy

Colorfy invites you to "Color and Relax". Paint beautiful designs from thousands of designs or even create your own with just a snap! Choose from specially designed palettes, apply beautiful filters and share your creations with all your friends. The app is available for both iOS and Android.

Image attribution: "Colorfy Image Done on my Kindle" by Crystal A Murray licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Crayons arranged on a table in rainbow order

Crayola Free Coloring Pages

Crayola a huge variety of free coloring pages from popular characters to more intricate images and patters for the advanced coloring student.

Image attribution: "crayons" by Laura Taylor licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Two young boys coloring pictures at a table

Disney LOL Coloring Pages

Disney fan? Kids who are Disney fans? Disney LOL Coloring Pages is a free way to color your favorite characters online or printed out.

Image attribution: "Young boys coloring pages and drawing" by Government of Prince Edward Island licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0