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Stress-Free Fridays

Need to de-stress? We've got weekly suggestions to help you unwind. 

All of these ideas are curated and brought to you by Megan Tully!

Stress-Free Fridays, May 22, 2020

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Gratitude Journaling

Research suggests that a regular gratitude journaling practice can result in a number of positive health impacts including improved mood and better sleep. Greater Good in Action, part of the University of California at Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, walks you through how to begin and why you should give gratitude journaling a try.


Stress-Free Fridays, May 15, 2020

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Smithsonian Digital Volunteers and Zooniverse

Tired of jigsaw puzzles? Out of art and craft supplies? Try unwinding and have some fun as a citizen scholar! Both Smithsonian Digital Volunteers and Zooniverse allow you to assist researchers with important projects. Try your hand at transcribing historical documents, tagging digital images for classification, and more.


Stress-Free Fridays, May 8, 2020

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Laughter Yoga

As the old adage goes, “laughter is the best medicine.” Laughter Yoga combines deep breathing and laughter exercises to get you moving and smiling. In this video, join Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Celeste Greene for a short, but impactful “workout.”


Stress-Free Fridays, May 1, 2020

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A favorite among Ames Free Library staff and patrons, Zentangle is a great way to relax and make something beautiful at the same time. Check out the official Zentangle website for tutorials and resources. Want more? Search “Zentangle” on Hoopla for a variety of guides.

Stress-Free Fridays, April 24, 2020

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5 Shaolin Qi Gong Breath Exercises

Relax, breathe deep, & strengthen your lungs with these traditional Chinese exercises.

Stress-Free Fridays, April 17, 2020

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Ambient Mixer

Getting tired of the same old background noise in your house? Check out the thousands of “audio atmospheres” available on Ambient Mixer. You’ll find a wide variety of mixes to listen to, from the traditional soothing sounds like ocean waves and rainstorms to those themed on your favorite books, TV shows, movies, and more? Close your eyes, listen, and escape to Rivendell, Hogwarts, and countless places in between.

Stress-Free Fridays, April 10, 2020

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Cosmic Kids Yoga

Join instructor Jaime “for yoga, stories, and fun” on Cosmic Yoga. While Jaime’s videos are designed with a younger audience in mind, they are fun for the whole family!

Stress-Free Fridays, April 3, 2020

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This is the adult coloring trend at its most sophisticated! Put on your pearls, grab a glass of wine, and get ready to color-in art from some of the finest institutions around the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Botanical Garden, and the New York Public Library.

Stress-Free Fridays, March 27, 2020
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Live Jelly Cam - Monterey Bay Aquarium

Take a few minutes to watch the jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and let them teach you to “go with the flow.”

Stress-Free Fridays, March 20, 2020
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Silk Interactive Generative Art

Use symmetry to draw pictures! It's a great way to spend a relaxing 10-15 minutes, or whenever you need a break.

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