By Erica Bray
We live in a digital world. For the most part, that’s a great thing. We’re connected globally like never before and can purchase anything we want with a few clicks or swipes. But there’s a flip side to this access: the stress of keeping up with it.
This constant plugged-in-ness has put a digital twist on “living in the now."
That's because “now” suddenly extends to staying on top of your email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, SnapChat and more. Information is in-the-moment and ever-flowing.
Add to this the offline stress that comes with money, work and family responsibilities, and it's no wonder that we have a National Stress Awareness Month (April) to address this, along with an ever-expanding assortment of businesses to help us find our center.
All this stress is a boon for the health and wellness industry, which includes healthy eating, nutrition, mind-body fitness, wellness tourism and preventative health. It's ballooned to a $3.4 trillion dollar industry globally -- that's more than three times the size of the global pharmaceutical industry, according to the Global Wellness Institute.
Many of these businesses -- surprise, surprise -- can be found online. After all, what better way to reach those with a digitally-induced stress headache than on the Internet. (Oh, the irony.)
To help inspire some serenity, we've collected a handful of websites with a wellness spin that also reside on a “not-com” domain names. They each feature one of the newest extensions available, from 'dot-guru' (.guru) to 'dot-care' (.care) to 'dot-life' (.life).
These domain names are simple and straightforward -- a far cry from the long-winded and multi-hyphenated 'dot-com' URLs that can further incite stress.
So scroll down, and unwind.
Sooth your stress with sound. Listen to the continuous melody of a rain shower -- for free! -- via this website sure to bring you into a zen state of mind.
Gift yourself or a loved one a monthly reminder of all that's good in life with this subscription box service that delivers curated goodies meant to inspire smiles. Themed subscriptions include gratitude, good karma and blissful sleep. Subscribe at the website Betterbox.life.
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Download this app from the website Breathing.zone for a therapeutic breathing exercise that will guide you to a better mood in just a few minutes. Inhale, exhale ... ahhhh.
This website immediately asks the question: "Want to feel happier?" Our answer: "Yes, please." Sample this meditation app from Meditation the Hare Krishna Way (hence the name, "MHK"). MHK.today teaches mantra-based techniques dating back some 5,000 years, and the website says people often feel the benefits in less than three weeks.
Sometimes you just need to get away. The website Retreat.guru features retreat vacations around the world that focus on yoga, meditation and wellness.
Sometimes you're so stressed out, just need to punch something. We won't judge. This website lets you indulge in that urge by (virtually) punching the s&*% out of multimillion-dollar Monet paintings.
Bookmark Happytimes.world for a daily dose of positivity. This collection of inspiration articles and videos from health and wellness luminaries should inspire a positive boost to an otherwise crappy day.
Lavender has remained a timeless remedy for reducing stress. This family-run farm based in Washington state grows fields of lavender that it transforms into body spray, soap, potpourri -- even beard balm. All products are available for sale on its website countrygarden.farm.
"Sattva" means purity, balance and harmony in the Sanskrit language. It's also a key quality to strive for in the Ayurvedic tradition, the ancient health-and-wellness science of India that can help to relieve people's stress, anxiety and exhaustion. The Sattva line of drinks are grounded in this 5,000-year-old tradition, with flavors such as Tulsa ("rich in adaptogens, which help the body prevent and combat many of the damaging effects of everyday stressors") and Ashwagandha ("glorified throughout history for its dual capacity to both energize and calm at the same time"). The website also features a free meditation timer and tracker app.
Put grown-up responsibilities on pause and rediscover your inner child. This three-day sleep-away camp for adults features yoga, guided meditation, dance classes, arts and crafts and inspirational lectures. Soul Camp is held in two camp locations, California and Pennsylvania. (Camp Towanda in Pennsylania was the setting for the movie "Wet Hot American Summer.") Sign up at Soul.camp. For those who can't sneak away to camp, Soul Camp 365 offers free online webinars and tips to create a "soul-filled life."
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Essential oils have long been used for their healing benefits. Breathe these scents in, and it's amazing what effect they can have on the psyche and mood. This website features a variety from the Young Living brand -- from thieves (to promote a healthy immune system) to peppermint (to promote healthy digestion). There's even one called "Stress Away," a combination of lime, vanilla, copaiba and lavender.
Even man's best friend needs to de-stress. This website sells the AKC Calming Coat, described as "the most effective solution to dog anxiety and nervousness." It comes in three colors: grey, pink or blue.
Browse more than 4,000 antique Buddha statues on this website -- and perhaps order yourself one as a permanent reminder of inner serenity. This team spends months traveling Asia seeking out beautiful antique statues that can ultimately provide in-home solace. Until then, Antiquebuddhastatues.gallery is fun to explore.
True happiness begins with you and your lens on the world. But if you're so stressed out that you think a shift in geography might do the trick, consider moving to the countries ranked high on this global "happiness" index.