The 10 Most Relaxing Videos to Watch Online

The 10 Most Relaxing Videos to Watch Online

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Hey there, long time no talk. Lately my dreams are almost impossible to detangle from reality because reality is so damn weird. And so are my dreams.

I deduced about a week ago that I might go insane if I didn’t stop looking at Facebook and the news. It’s day 7 of my detox and I almost feel human again. But it does beg the question, how does one fill the leisure time when we can’t go outside and do normal human things?

While I enjoy Netflixing and chilling (like literally, you animals), I start to take issue with every series and movie because it’s showing me a life I can’t have right now. People leave their houses often and interact, like, in person. 

And since I’m living in a bubble I just want to watch things that make that feel normal. Ergo, all of these videos fall

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How Can We Emerge Stronger From This? Self Care in Isolation

Nyepi is a Balinese day of silence that is dedicated to meditation and introspection. There’s to be no sound, no light, no eating, no leaving the home, and they even turn cell towers off, so there’s no Internet, for one full day. This is strictly enforced by police, which might sound a bit harsh at first, but really, it’s a gift.

Can you imagine? A day of forced introspection for everyone? A united day of meditation and stillness. I can only imagine what amazing things it does for Balinese people who really go deep.

I happened upon this holiday on accident a couple of years ago while passing through Bali just for the day. I’d had no idea until I was taking off for the flight that I was about to arrive into a silent, dark Bali. What else could I do but surrender and go all in?

I kept

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Where to See the Northern Lights

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Ancient myths and legends have interpreted the northern lights to be spirits, a firefox’s tale, and even a battle of dragons. These days we know that the Aurora Borealis is actually disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind, but after seeing the lights in person, it’s easy to understand why so many legends have been made about its existence.

To see the colorful night sky is an experience so breathtaking that you’ll question if what you’re seeing is actually real. The mythical magic of the lights draws thousands of tourists every year. 

Planning an aurora hunt is more than just going north and waiting for the night. The northern lights are never a guarantee; you have to consider weather, place, season, and a lot of other factors in your destination. That’s why I decided to list the seven best places in the world to see the northern

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How to Reduce Plastic Use for Cleaner Oceans

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Lately I’ve been seeing a multitude of doomsday news articles related to the state of our planet and the formidable ways in which we’re messing it up. Though I didn’t need it becoming the hot new news topic to notice that beaches in Indonesia are overflowing with plastic and reefs are bleaching, I am glad that the collective is waking up to the issues at hand.

However, it’s normal to look at all this news and feel depressed beyond measure. Fear-inducing news has the power to negatively impact the part of our brain that allows for creative thinking and problem solving. But now more than ever, we need to take an active role in healing our planet, not least of all so that we can feel like we’re contributing in a positive way. One of the biggest issues we’re facing right now is plastic. Here’s what you might

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Thermëa Spa Winnipeg: How to Get the Most out of Your Experience

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Thermëa spa in Winnipeg can be the perfect winter oasis, and the perfect spot for relaxation in the summertime, too. Surrounded by nature and providing a variety of saunas and pools, this is how to get the most out of Thermëa Winnipeg:

A Brief History of the Nordic Sauna

The first sauna was created by Finnish nomads nearly 10,000 years ago. Its first form was primitive, just a pit dug into the earth which was heated and then covered shut with animal skin. Over time, though, these holes in the ground evolved to become little stand-alone huts, usually made of wood. Today, saunas are a huge part of Finnish culture; in fact, estimates claim that the country of 5.3 million people is home to 2 million saunas! According to a traditional, 2,000-year-old Nordic practice, one should follow time in a sauna with a plunge into an icy

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What to Pack for Backpacking in Southeast Asia

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2020 Update: After a combined 2.5 years in Southeast Asia spread out over multiple visits and every time of year, this is my revisited, more fashionable, new and improved Southeast Asia packing list. 

I’ve read about packing lists ad nauseam on the interwebs. They usually consist of various clothing options and toiletries, but lack the hindsight of someone who has been traveling around with her turtle shell — that would be, my 35L backpack — for the long haul.

After over two years of traveling in Southeast Asia, in all times of year, in various climates, and doing activities from diving to hiking, you might appreciate knowing what has turned out to be completely essential, and what I ended up ditching.

This is the essential Southeast Asia packing list:

1. Gear

The right gear will make your journey 100 times easier. For your main backpack, I highly recommend

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