Need a break? Grab one with this digital rest area.
Congratulations! You have arrived at a digital rest area.
Over the past few months, you may have come across a variation of this phrase on TikTok or Instagram, often paired with soothing video and music. These videos, and their iterations on other platforms, have become a way for social media users to encourage others to take a break from scrolling: a break from your digital journey.
This phenomenon is presented as a counterweight to doomscrolling – the compulsion to absorb bad news on social media. And as we hit the scorching days of summer, we found ourselves needing a break. We thought you, our readers, could too. With this in mind, we asked artists we admire to create moments of rest, joy and delight. Below you’ll find downloadable wallpapers, thought-provoking photos, and moments of comfort and meditation.
Enjoy this moment of calm, and of course, stay as long as you wish.
Download soothing wallpaper
Experts say the technology is addictive by design. Features like infinite scroll tap into our psychological instincts to keep us in line, often before we know what we’re doing. We hope these wallpapers can disrupt that automation and encourage moments of intention in your day.
Download Woman floating in water wallpaper here.
Download open window wallpaper here.
Download wallpaper “all timing is perfect timing” here.
Download koi fish wallpaper here.
Download hands and cup wallpaper here.
Download “never grow up” wallpaper here.
We asked animators and videographers to create media that will inspire moments of meditation, comfort and reflection.
Sit down with a peaceful comic
At this point, take a deep abdominal breath and exhale slowly. Mindful, controlled breathing is a scientifically proven way to ease tension and calm your nervous system. Sit back with this comic by Kat Schneider as you take a few mindful breaths.
Sit back with these beautiful pictures
Gender and Identity editor Lena Felton took these photos from opposite ends of the world: the first two on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California, and the last in Santorini, Greece.
“Places like these (one very close to home, another a distant destination) make me marvel at the world – they make me feel infinitely small and so privileged to bear witness,” she wrote. “I get lost in the muted colors, the confused sky and sea.”
We hope they will remind you to do the same.
We will post more of these rest areas on our instagram in the coming days. Follow us to see them in your feed.