The past week has been a little hectic. School is ramping up again, and spring is a busy time on campus. Many events happen during the bright and warm spring days here in California. Sometimes, through all this hustle and bustle, it’s a little difficult to stay focused and just take a few moments to calm down. Not doing anything for two minutes can really go a long way and centering back your mind. So here are a few of my favorite sites that help me de-stress in the middle of the night when all I want to do is finish my homework and go to bed!

1. – this is undoubtedly my favorite site in helping keep my inner peace. You can set a meditation timer, or just take a moment to look at the tranquil scenes that loop to gentle music. Choose from a variety of scenes, from sunsets to beaches to abstract falling glitter.

2. – Simple but effective. Rainymood plays rain, thunder and other nature noises. It’s something I listen to from time to time remind me of the Seattle rain that I miss here in dry California. Great for reading, writing or settling down before bed.

3. Pinterest – I’m not going to lie, scrolling aimlessly for a few minutes through Pinterest is often enough to help distract me from any stress I’m experiencing. Your mind relaxes, absorbing all kinds of random media content without searching for something in particular. Who knows, maybe you’ll even be inspired by something that catches your eye?

4. – This site lets you mix your own nature sounds, to listen to while you work. Mixes of white noise, animal sounds and low beats may be all you need to de-stress and get you in a centered state of mind.

5. The Thoughts Room (The Quiet Place Project) – This site lets you type in all your worries and fears into a little status bar. Once you type, the words fall off the screen, fading into nothingness. Something as simple as typing your frustrations and watching them melt away can be really satisfying.