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Virtual Calming Room

The Virtual Calming Room is a space for students, teachers, caregivers, and people of all ages to take a brain break, and to find tools for managing stress and other big emotions. Sometimes life is overwhelming and it can be difficult to work through heavy feelings. The Virtual Calming Room was designed to assist in selecting healthy strategies for coping. We hope these tools will provide helpful outlets and practices for managing stress when life feels tough.

Disclaimer: The following links are purely for community and educational support purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional. 
 
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    Soothing Soundscapes

Soothing SoundScapes

Soundscape Collage

A calming mix of swamp sounds, forest birds, rainstorms, rivers, and much more.

Soothing Soundscapes

Cottage by the Sea

Cozy cottage by the sea ambience with soothing rain, fireplace, and ocean sounds for relaxation.

Soothing Soundscapes

Spring Meadow

Spring morning on a calm sunny day, in a beautiful flowery meadow with the healing sounds of nature and birds singing.

Soothing Soundscapes

Campfire by the Lake

Campfire by the lake ambience with 8 hours of crackling fire, crickets, owls, lapping water, and other forest night sounds.

Soothing Soundscapes

Beach Waves

Ocean white noise from Meads Bay on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. A huge bay that sparkles in a million shades of blue.

Soothing Soundscapes

Coffee Shop

A quaint café with smooth jazz piano.

Soothing Soundscapes

Abstract Liquid

High definition liquified color accompanied by peaceful music.

Soothing Soundscapes

Kaleidoscope

Hypnotic geometric color kaleidoscope with ambient meditative music.

    Animal Live Cams

Animal Live Cams

Bald Eagle Nest

Shared by the American Eagle Foundation, the nest at the North East Florida Eagle Cam (NEFL) is home to bald eagles Samson and Gabrielle.

Animal Live Cams

Manatee Cam

Live stream of the underwater manatee cam at Homosassa Springs, FL. With calming music.

Animal Live Cams

Panda Cam

Wolong Grove panda cam live at the Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center in China's Wolong Valley.

Animal Live Cams

Jelly Cam

Live jelly cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA with ethereal music. Get an up-close look at the delicate sea nettles. Watch as their long tentacles and lacey mouth-arms move smoothly through the water.

Animal Live Cams

Elephant Cam

Live Africam in Tembe Elephant Park, situated in an area that was once the ancient ‘Ivory Route' linking Mozambique and Zululand.

Animal Live Cams

Penguin Cam

Watch live on the Kansas City Zoo penguin cam.

Animal Live Cams

Coral Reefs

Colorful sea life in the Red Sea, with relaxing music.

    Around the World Cams

Around The World Cams

Earth Webcams

Beautiful and unique cities from around the world.

Around The World Cams

The Planet Earth

Live NASA video feed of Earth from the International Space Station.

    Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness Moment

Take a brief break to breathe and check-in, calm your body, and guide your focus. Use short mindful moment videos created by the Michigan Learning Channel anytime it feels needed, or work it into a daily routine.

Mindfulness and Meditation

POP Check

Mindful practices for social-emotional learning are tools we can use when we need to:
PAUSE and take a breath
OWN what we are feeling, and
PRACTICE a quick stretch or something relaxing.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Headspace

Headspace offers guided and unguided meditation practice, with background science and other resources.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Guided Meditation

Floating on a cloud guided meditation with a soothing female voice, for stress and anxiety relief.

    Journaling

Journaling

Free Write

The Michigan Learning Channel's Free Write videos are short, open-ended writing prompts that invite students to reflect on their experiences.

JOURNALING

Visual Thinking Strategies

Delivered by the Michigan Learning Channel and adapted from the visible thinking strategies resources available through Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, these short videos will guide learners through research-based strategies for active processing as they view, read, or experience something new.

    Coloring

Coloring

Mandala Coloring Pages

Free printable coloring pages from Monday Mandala.

Coloring

Coloring Book Pages

Free printable coloring book pages.

Coloring

Digital Coloring

Color digitally with online coloring books and pages.

    Emotional and Mental Health

Emotional and Mental Health

How to Build Good Emotional Health

An article from Healthline about the importance of emotional health, and how to create self-awareness, resilience, and contentment.

Emotional and Mental Health

What is Mental Health?

MentalHealth.gov offers information on what is mental health, early warning signs of mental illness, and how to be well and stay well.

    Resources for Help