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Window to the World: Finding Your Zen at Work

Escapism at it's finest

Channel Islands Kelp Forest, California, USAChannel Islands Kelp Forest, California, USA

Even your dream job can be stressful, so taking a few minutes for a mental break is important. Studies done in 2013 found that the cultivation of a more relaxed and rested self actually boosts productivity and quality of work. By taking the time to take care of yourself, you’ll actually be increasing your chances of a more constructive workday.

There are some great nature webcams out there that can provide you with exactly the kind of relaxation you’re looking for. By looking into another part of the world, you can take a deep breath and imagine you’re there. Whether it’s during your lunch break, or for a few minutes between projects, watching a webcam can go a long way in de-stressing your life.

Here are some tried and true webcams to check out:

 

Channel Islands Kelp Forest, California, USA

Channel Islands Kelp Forest, California, USA
Channel Islands Kelp Forest, California, USA

This webcam features the underwater environment off the coast of Anacapa Island. The long stems of kelp sway back and forth with the waves as fish periodically dart by. Before long you’ll feel your breathing calm as the gentle movement puts you in your happy place.

 

Tiger Lake, Tampa, Florida, USA

Tiger Lake, Tampa, Florida, USA
Tiger Lake, Tampa, Florida, USA

Nothing says adorable like a napping tiger. Whether it’s curled up in the sun or just padding it’s way across the frame, these big cats are a sight to see. Just watching will make you want to take a nap right along with them.

 

Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

If you’re craving a day at the beach but are stuck in the office, this cam will make you feel like you’ve got nothing but sea breeze and sand. It’s like having a little piece of paradise on your desk.

 

Decorah Eagles, Iowa, USA

Decorah Eagles, Iowa, USA
Decorah Eagles, Iowa, USA

This webcam gives you a close-up view into the lives of a family of three eagles. The camera itself is trained on the nest and allows viewers to watch as they go about their daily lives.

 

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

You can travel thousands of miles to a whole new place from the comfort of your desk. Take in the architecture, and artistry of this historic fountain in Rome.

 

Panda Cam, San Diego Zoo, California, USA

Panda Cam, San Diego Zoo, California, USA
Panda Cam, San Diego Zoo, California, USA

Check in on the zoo’s resident pandas Gao Gao, Bai Yun, and Xiao Liwu as they climb, eat, and sleep. Pandas are a crowd favorite for a reason, and watching them for awhile is good for the soul.

 

Did these webcams help you destress? Let us know on social media or in the comments below!

 

Madeleine Hettich
Madeleine Hettich is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, and comic book artist. After graduating with a BFA degree (with an emphasis in Visual Communications Design) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer before being hired by GREY. She continues to develop independent illustration and comics projects in her own time. This background gives her a unique perspective when writing about any number of topics.

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