Creates background noise tailored to what you like to hear. Personally I have problems falling asleep in silence and I live in what's basically a desert, so it use it for thunderstorms and rain sounds. Insanely relaxing.
here is a good website it has rain, thunder, waves, wind, fire, birds, crickets, coffee shop, singing bowl, and white noise just select what noise you want or play them all at the same time
I really like this combination: light rain, some thunder, little fire, smattering of crickets, singing bowls.
Just picture being inside a wooden temple at night where eastern monks are playing the singing bowls while you warm yourself by the fire after coming in from the rain.
Φίλε έχεις απόλυτο δίκιο ότι ειναι τέρμα ενοχλητικό. Είναι άτομα χαμηλού επιπέδου, χωρίς κανένα ενδιαφέρον για το αν ενοχλούν τους γύρω τους, εν ολίγοις παρτάλια που νομίζουν οτι μονο αυτοί υπάρχουν. Όπως είπαν και άλλοι, δε μπορείς να κάνεις τίποτα πέρα από ενίσχυση ηχομόνωσης και ωτοασπίδων. Μπορείς επίσης να βάζεις "white noise" όπως αυτό για να σε αποσπά από τους entitled φίλους μας. Καλή υπομονή!
Tycho or Bonobo usually. Otherwise check out A Soft Murmur. It's a website that plays ambient sounds like rain, wind, or coffee shop noises. This is my favorite website for when I need to just get shit done.
You can use the site "A soft murmur".
It has done wonders for my insomnia. You can select very specific nature sounds, or even human/social ones. You will be very pleased. Lots of choices, and lots of settings!
If I remember correctly, it also has an app for phones.
let's you create background noise for studying, meditating etc. You can mix together different types of noise like rain, thunder, waves etc
it also has an Android app
this is my personal jam: http://asoftmurmur.com/?v=1c64244b00000043001d
I like to be in a dimly lit room, with just enough light to see my keyboard or read a piece of paper in front of me. Silence is best, but if I'm in a noisy environment like a cube farm or library, I'll play A Soft Murmur or Beat Blender quietly through headphones. I keep a big jug of water and a bag of roasted nuts at hand.
I prefer to sit at a bar on a tall stool, but I don't have that at home right now, so it's just a swivel chair at a desk. In an ideal world, I'd have a wearable computer and an e-ink screen, or maybe a laser painting directly on my retina. That way I could pace around while I work. Maybe in a decade...
After using tiling windows managers for about 2 years now, I'm never going back. Desktop 1 is my main workspace, 2 is documentation (man pages, API references, etc) and notes, 5 is IRC and email, 9 is a web browser for goofing off. None of the rest have fixed uses, but may get used here and there.
My main workspace is usually vim (or more recently, spacemacs) open on the left half of the screen, and 1 or 2 terminals on the right half. Maybe one day I will embrace emacs' ability to compile/execute all my code from within a buffer, but so far this works for me.
I listen the orchestral movie scores (John Williams, Hans Zimmer, etc) on spotify while studying. Those help drown out background noise so I don't get distracted while also not distracting me themselves. Sometimes I use also use this site for white noise.
If you like this but don't want to load youtube video when you need to use it there are websites such as http://asoftmurmur.com/ that just play audio, and you can customize the kinds and volumes of sounds in the mix. There are also several excellent smartphone apps that do the same thing.
I've used both the site and apps in the past for stress relief. Just turn out all of the lights, close your eyes and get comfortable and focus your mind on the sound and nothing else. Then let every part of your body go completely limp and release it from your control. Then try to release all conscious thought and sink into the sound. This works well if you use one of the apps and set it to run for a specific duration.
I use this mixer of soothing ambient sounds to block out my SO watching tv. Once I found the right mix of sounds, it solved my issue with TV. I'm at the point now that just seeing the app on my phone calms me significantly.
My TV issue is the low pitches you hear when a TV is in another room or on another floor. You can't hear what's being said, you just hear this low murmering. I wish I could describe it better but I'm having issues articulating it. It gets in my brain and I just can't unhear it.
I've never admitted this to anyone before but sometimes when I'm having a misophonia meltdown I hear that dreaded sound and there aren't any TVs around... It's like my brain is making it all up to send me over the edge.
I hope that you can find something to pacify you tonight so that you can get some rest :)
This is funny, I always find orgasms put guys out, and wire girls, unless it's a G-spot orgasm in which case they're out like a dude.
Try this (I'm a doctor for what it's worth):
reddit has a white noise simulator that /u/gabemart created, it's great and you can choose the noise you want to hear.
Here ya go! It honestly helps me sleep and block out all the other noise.
Without using music, you can still use audio ambiances. The party is traveling through a windy mountain pass? Find a windy track like this. Party is having a conversation with bandits at their camp? Use a crackling fire track.
I sometimes use http://asoftmurmur.com/ when I work for some background noise, and it works pretty well for D&D too.
Have a cup of tea/glass of water/juice and read a joke book. Sounds silly but it will cheer you up. Other than that go for a short walk. When I was stuck on a hideous Maths problem at university I'd usually have a new approach to the solution within two or three minutes of leaving the house.
Normally then the walk would be cut short as I rushed back to try out the new strategy. You may be studying something completely different, but the principle stands in that perception is everything. Changing it temporarily could be a breath of fresh air to your work.
Edit: Check out A soft murmur also a great way of keeping attention up, weirdly enough.
Close your curtains and pretend it's raining with Rainymood. Alternatively, if you want a variety of background noises, like fire, coffee shop noise, or waves, try A Soft Murmur.
For future NaNoWriMos, consider moving to Britain in the last week of October.
I have a big stereo so when we play, I have ambient music going at all times. I try and build playlists and select songs based on what's happening, but I also use this:
it's great for just adding some ambiance over your music. When it's raining, it actually sounds like it's raining. Crackle some firewood during camp. It really adds something to the experience.
I also do cutscenes where I have my players close their eyes and I narrate a scene timed to a specific piece of music. It's kind of nerdy but I spend hours and hours timing my lines to breaks and falls in the piece of music I select.. I love doing it and with the help of great music you can really tie emotion to the words your speaking. I've moved players to tears. haha
Bluetooth headphones (I have these) + http://asoftmurmur.com/ works wonders. The mobile version of the app only has Rain, Thunder, Waves, and Wind available for free, but those 4 are plenty for me.
It's because Noisli streams all the audio it uses through the Soundcloud API, which serves audio from a single domain. The number of simultaneous requests to each domain is limited by the browser. It might be different for each browser, but I know for Chrome it's fairly low. So if you try to load too many sounds at once, and you don't have them saved in the browser cache, some will cut out.
Noisli also uses pretty long samples, presumably to get around the problem of an audible gap when each sample loops. This ties up the number of simultaneous requests for longer.
I run a similar ambient noise app called A Soft Murmur. Both the sites were founded about the same time. I think mine's a little older. I use domain sharding to get around the simultaneous request problem. I also use shorter samples for faster loading, and I implemented a series of triggered fades to make the looping seamless.
Noisli has a prettier design and seems to be doing a better job getting press coverage. I think the features at my site are a little better, but right now Noisli is winning pretty convincingly.
A) Anyone who uses a monty python reference is a friend of mine
B) I was on top of GTD for a while, then some projects lost priority, I got involved in others, and my system kind of went to shit. I've gotta get that set back up again.
C) I'm gonna check out Noisli, I've been using asoftmurmur.com and it looks really similar.
I'm totally going to create a "comforting" multireddit including both and whatever other subreddits I find. Any suggestions?
Here's hoping it doesn't just make me more depressed.
EDIT: also check out this website
Algumas pessoas dizem que escutar ruído branco ajuda na concentração. Esse site tem alguns sons bons, vc pode testar.
Outra dica é não ficar esperando algo acontecer pra começar a estudar. Eu às vezes falo comigo mesmo: depois de ver o reddit vou estudar. Mas isso raramente acontece.
Vc precisa começar agora já!
I reckon this was what you were looking for, but there is also Noisli, A Soft Murmur and Tabletop Audio, if you're looking for DnD audio.
It's 3:13 AM in my time zone, but I am currently in my 5th hour of learning 4 weeks worth of Calc II lessons. For some reason, I can zip through it if I'm by myself, but as soon as I'm supposed to go at the same pace as everyone else in a classroom, it's like I can't understand a thing. It is a truly rare day when I can follow along in a lecture.
It's a bad habit to squish all of the lessons together instead of spreading them out over time, but once I actually get started, it's like I can't stop.
As far as distractions go, I can't even listen to music while I work. Earplugs and white noise have been my best friends throughout my academic career.
This is one of my very favorite sites to help me concentrate.
> Regengeräusche hör ich mir gerne mal an, aber nicht weil da irgendwas getriggert wird sondern weil es tatsächlich beruhigend ist.
Wenn du sowas magst, schau dir mal A soft murmur an, die Seite ist super.
This is one of the best playlists ever for tabletop games. The Horror and Dungeons playlists are specifically nice for Ravenloft. I'd add a few soundtracks to the Horror playlist. Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, Bram Stokers Dracula, Interview with a Vampire are all great additions.
This is good for background ambiance and minimal music.
And this is great just for some basic sound effects. I'll often use it over the background music from the first link above.
If you like audio, also check out http://mynoise.net/ - all the audio pages are free, and if you donate you get things like a multi-page mixer and randomizers.
Another one that I've used is http://asoftmurmur.com/ --despite having fewer options, it's a little easier to mix them.
Check out A Soft Murmur, it is an ambient noise generator that lets you customize the levels of various things, like white noise, coffee shop conversation, fire crackling, crickets, storms, and rain.
There is another similar site called Noisli, the same thing but with more options. There are probably many similar sites.
It might have the opposite effect at first, because you have to set the levels. If you try A Soft Murmur, I'll recommend just a tiny amount of coffee shop, fire and singing bowls. And just a bit more waves and thunder than the first three.
Often I just pull up a white noise generator like A Soft Murmur, or lately I've been playing the soundtrack for Child of Light on repeat. Much more than that and I can't concentrate.
You're too far away.
Here's some soothing noises
here's some jazz, fire, and rain (I recommend setting the jazz to half volume)
http://asoftmurmur.com/ I use this website and turn the white noise all the way up. I kid you not, it perfectly masks my tinnitus. Literally matches the frequency almost exactly. Since discovering this my sleep has improved dramatically
It depends what I need that day. If the anxiety is teaming up with depression to tell me I suck and that's why I'm stressed, I'll listen to What's the Difference because it can help remind me that I'm still awesome.
If I need calm though, I put on A Soft Murmur](http://asoftmurmur.com/) and turn the rain, waves, and fire up with a little of the singing bowls. It's a great site if you're a fan of the kind of white-noise sound.
I'll also sometimes put on some koto music like Stream/Flow -Satomi Saeki. But I love the koto and find it very relaxing- it might irritate other people.
You can play almost any ambient sounds. Great for some nice background sound instead of music. Great for people studying or just chilling.
Not useful as such but still cool. You basically paint onto a black canvas and create cool custom art. You can turn them into a wallpaper.
My most reliable coping mechanisms are the following in combination:
Remind myself that this is only a panic attack. Nothing is physically wrong with me. The experience, while truly awful in the moment, is temporary (most only last for 15-30 minutes) and will be over soon.
Wrap myself up in a heavy comforter or blanket. There are specifically designed weighted blankets for exactly this, but they can cost quite a bit. I find a heavier comforter to work more or less the same. Bonus points if it's warm from the dryer.
If I have the mental capacity to do anything more than sit down and focus exclusively on not dying, I'll also make a nice warm cup of decaffeinated herbal tea (chamomile for example).
Ambient sounds and meditation. Imagine each intrusive thought as a cloud passing by overhead, then dissipating into nothingness. They can't hurt you. They're only thoughts passing by...
Hope this helps!
I don't know if this'll work for you, but I personally use this site with earphones. It blocks everything else out and simulates a sort of peaceful place. I personally go for crickets and fire. Sometimes rain, thunder, or waves for relaxation.
I'm usually listening to either a Noise generator (either Defonic or A Soft Murmur) or a bunch of music from my playlists. I listen to a lot of Classic Rock and Japanese Rock/Metal/Indie music along with a much of video game soundtracks. Currently, I'm pretty into the OCRemix of FF9, 5, and 6. Fantastic stuff there and I really like it but my heart's with the rock music lol.
As always, my subreddit, /r/Syraphia and my Inkitt page. Feel free to read whatever's on there. I've even got a fanfic on there lol.
Non-verbal sound is like a fidget ball for your mind. I like sound that's structured enough to be interesting and in the right band to jam any background noise.
I use http://asoftmurmur.com/ at work. Set the rain, waves and fire at 50%, turn the thunder down to 20%, and pretend I'm in a lonely cottage on the coast of England. It's nice there.
You'd be surprised how psychological some problems can be. It's not that you can't do them, its that you expect you can't. You get anxious, and find them daunting, and this all makes it very easy to give up and do something else, this makes you feel worse and the cycle continues. An I right? You are not 'bad' at anything, you are just on the first steps to becoming good.
If you keep a clear head, and a positive attitude, the problems genuinely seem easier to do, and you'll feel good once you finish them. Like, you stood up to the challenge, and met it. That's learning. If you can learn to learn, you will just keep getting better.
Apart from that, physics isn't like writing an essay or learning a language. It's deep thought, and that takes a different sort of concentration altogether, and you need to practice it, and find out what works best for you. For example, I can't work with music, or other noise around because I need to juggle a lot about in my head. If I do I use something like http://asoftmurmur.com/ for background sound.
I personally haven't experienced tingles either but they are still relaxing. Earphones help to enhance the experience. You could possibly try out "A Soft Mumur". You can control the volume of the varying sounds and everything.
More laundry? How much do you have! Ohhh yes please put up the next few chapters. I'm currently up to Chapter 5. Honestly I'm sometimes too distracted by your voice to really focus on what you're saying but oh well. Playing games sounds like a good plan! I possess 0 hand eye coordination to play them but I find it enjoyable to watch others.
I had a pretty average day today. Spent the majority of it at work. As for tomorrow I'll probably be studying :(
Enjoy your Sunday while you can.
Fellow tinnitus sufferer here. I've been playing with A Soft Murmur lately, to help me read. I adore the sounds of rain, so getting to listen to a thunderstorm while reading is a blast for me. Especially where I live - they don't happen naturally.
I am close to the same way, where instrumental music is helpful and silence is the best. I use the instrumental music for very light reading, and then I use noise generators when I actually want to concentrate on what I'm reading. Mainly non-distracting noise, as there isn't information or rhythm that your brain tries to pick up on.
I know you said you can't stand background noise, though I am assuming that you weren't referring to this stuff. I don't know if it will help, but if you want to give them a shot, here are some sites I use:
I agree, Two Steps From Hell songs really take battles to another level. I really like to use this webpage for background effects. You can create wonderful atmosphere for almost any occasion.
I'm quite partial to http://asoftmurmur.com/. It also has "coffee shop" for background talking and chatter. it has several volume controls, so you can play multiple sounds at varying volumes to tailor it to your game.
For you, you can have some light rain and waves, maybe wind depending on how windy it is as well.
I tend to take a power nap once a day. I just lean back in my chair and put on A Soft Murmur and doze off for about 30 - 45. Makes me much more alert and rested throughout the day.
I really like A Soft Murmur. I don't actually listen to anything during meditation, but I think it's appropriate to leave here. I like to use it for study and sometimes when I go to sleep.
I like having some noise while I study, but white noise doesn't do it for me. Sites such as http://asoftmurmur.com/ and http://www.noisli.com/ are great.
http://www.ambient-mixer.com/ is pretty cool, because you can make or load complicated atmospheres with a specific theme.
When I was little, I described the "sound of silence" to my mum. She thought I was crazy, and bam, Tinnitus.
I get around it by doing absolutely anything to be distracted. Podcasts, books, showers, humming, games, anything.
I would suggest a site like Soft Murmur that has loads of droning sounds. It helps my Tinnitus anyway.
Heh - yeah, there might be combinations that would have interesting results. I remember one that was clinking glasses and low buzzing conversation. That'd go well with the jazz. Birds would go nicely with rain though, huh?
Okay, crickets, birds, rain, and your station. It's good.
Not really music, but I like to listen to background ambient noise. Here are a couple of my latest favorites, but there are others:
I can't stand silence, so I usually need something in the bg and these really help me concentrate.
Sounds like a good idea.
In fact, there's this webpage: http://asoftmurmur.com/ That can give a bunch of different ambient sounds, I'm sure that would go great with Gallow (even has a chatter sound!)
I have an interesting way of chilling out that technically isn't alone, but it recharges me.
I like walking through a shopping centre during the weekdays with my headphones in with chill out sounds (normally this http://asoftmurmur.com). It's like I'm around people while being completely distance from them. It's the sound people make that drains me, if that makes sense. If I don't have my headphones that blocks the sounds, then I get restless and drained.
Made a perfect Soft Murmur mix for myself; supposed to be listened to with a lo-fi hiphop playlist. Made so I can actually concentrate more on my homework that I should've finished days ago...
I'm an exceptionally troubled sleeper, and I find white noise really helpful. I use this website: asoftmurmur.com. I also go to bed at least an hour before I want to sleep, and I dim the lights but I don't turn them off. I chill in bed, I read or sometimes watch stuff that won't energize me (screens are not recommended, I know, but it really helps me stop thinking so it works for me). I usually doze off. If I wake up after dozing off and feel awake, I lay on my stomach with my eyes closed and think about how comfortable I am, or something along those lines.
For anxiety, I look around the room I'm in, I count the walls and I tell myself I'm here in this room and this is my reality. This usually helps me calm down, especially when I'm having racing thoughts.
I started with strattera 2 weeks ago and also had quite a lot of trouble sleeping in the beginning. I didn't sleep at all on the first and third night, and only slept 3-5 hours on the others (with the occasional 7).
There are however a couple of strategies that my psych gave me that have helped me and I now actually sleep somewhat better than ~~when~~ before I started.
Disclaimer Obviously not a psychiatrist, these may/will not work for everyone. Talk to your psych for advice on sleeping strategies/sleep hygiene.
These are just meant as advice from which you might draw some inspiration.
Don't take this as gospel, just a few strategies that might help. The side effects will probably subside but it might take a week or 2. Best of luck! :D
Hehe, I'll get the hang of including centigrade measurements one of these days...
I love listened to A Soft Murmur whenever I can't sleep. I couldn't listen to PTA; I'm weird and get turned on by any kind of affection lol. Not exactly conducive to sleepytimes.
Not to undermine the humor in this joke, but if you're having problems with anxiety and sleep, I'd like to suggest you take a look into ASMR, mindful meditation, and ambient sounds like A Soft Murmur (my personal favorite) to help you relax.
This with this with some relaxing music that you like (the animal crossing ost works for me but it's a bit weird tbh)
Hello! Not sure if you have spotify but this playlist has helped me a lot at work.
And sometimes I add this one, http://asoftmurmur.com/
Combine it with A Soft Mur Mur then i'm set for anything .
My preferences on the website are:
There's no number dials on them, these are just my rough estimate .
(I commented this on OP's post on the anxiety subreddit)
Perhaps you could use a few activities or evening rituals in between finishing your work and going to bed. Some examples I can think of are...
These sort of 'evening warm-down' activities have greatly improved my sleep.
Unfortunately we don't have any bridges nearby other than the steel and concrete one used for the highway, not exactly the most ideal location for a sit and think lol
Do you use any sound generators while meditating? Like this one? It's not the same as actually sitting in my spot contemplating whatever random crap I'm dealing with at the time while the rain comes down, but it gets the job done for me!
Hmm, not really music, but I've found this to help me with focusing: http://asoftmurmur.com/
Usually music that I like gets me into it and I get distract and start dancing or something along those lines.
If you like rainymood, then you're gonna love A Soft Murmur. It has way more controls so you can set the volume for different things like rain, thunder, wind, etc. It also has an app for Android phones!
Alright, just made my nanowrimo account and put up a book title and synopsis, so that's something, right? First time doing this, but I've had this idea in my head (and on various pages) too long to be stifled by a mere sense of perfectionism.
As a panster who's tried to force an acceptable outline, though, I think I'm just going to have to take the "they're more of just guidelines" advice very liberally. For me, the characters have to discover themselves, and that's what drives the story.
(Hopefully this time I won't start procrastinating by by watching videos on HOW NOT TO PROCRASTINATE. Those, and writing and plotting videos. Interesting, yes, but not exactly the best of mentalities)
Obligatory reddit-found white noise soundtrack: http://asoftmurmur.com/
Feel free to buddy up: phantom_socrates
Bose sound-canceling headphones, not plugged into anything. I get silence, and nobody bothers me because it looks like I'm unreachable.
When editing I read aloud to myself. Best trick I ever learned.
Edit: http://asoftmurmur.com/ has customizable ambient noise. Also good.
I love calm music, mostly electronic stuff. Dark dnb, chillout, psydub, psybient. It's like melodic white noise to me. It's not distracting, it doesn't steal a chunk of your attention, yet there's "something".
Maybe actual white noise could work for you?
When you're tired is the moment when you're the less likely to solve your problems. You have to find a way to let them go for the night. Put this background noise, with a bit of crickets and the fire sound. Imagine yourself sitting at the fire. The air around is cool but the fire keeps you warm. When you look up, you can see more stars that you've ever seen. Keep building on that scenario, and never put any of your real-life problems in it. That's how I sleep.
<em>Casualties of Cool</em> by Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval. Slow burning country new-age that occasionally uses rain effects of it's own, but I usually use A Soft Murmur with it. Never a bad choice.
Kenny G, tipo acho muito chato e me dá muito sono.
Mas se for algo para relaxar eu tenho o costume de escutar blues com white noise de chuva (geralmente eu usava o moodyrain mas postaram esse soft murmur com mais opções então linkei ele)
Cool, I'm glad to hear! If you're into the background noise solution try this: http://asoftmurmur.com when you're tired of the wind. Has a bunch of sounds that you can mix together. My personal favorite is fire and crickets! :D
If there's a lot of background noise and I need to concentrate, I like to put on some headphones and open up http://asoftmurmur.com/ in a tab. It's actually pretty great for focusing in my experience!
The two I use the most are the Brain Wave app (http://www.banzailabs.com/brainwaveapps.html) and the Pzizz app. I use these the most because they are on my phone and iPod, so I don't need to be in front of my computer to use them, making them more convenient. I haven't done an exhaustive search for what is the best. My choice is more based on convenience and these apps being two of the first ones available.
The Web-based ones mentioned in this thread are great as well. I listened to http://asoftmurmur.com/ for hours yesterday.
While at my computer I am more likely to listen to wordless music, sometimes at the same time while listening to binaural noise on headphones.
http://asoftmurmur.com/ - I enjoy this from time to time, just a bunch of controllable background noises.
Ephemeral rift is my favorite ASMRist, I don't know many but you could try out MassageASMR and the french whisperer
There's a man I work with in what must be his late 40s. I enjoy working with him most of the time, but he has a very serious soda addiction. We're talking 4 or 5 mountain dews a day. Which, ordinarily I'm like "whatever it's your life", but he always gets a fountain drink from the cafeteria. When he's done drinking it he chews the ice... loudly... with his mouth open... Let me tell you, nothing makes me more productive on Monday morning at 8 am like the sound of a mouth full of ice.
One of my tabs that opens automatically with chrome is now: http://asoftmurmur.com/ if that tells you anything. T.T
This Mutha Fucka right here paired with either some old school Art Bell or A soft Murmur
/u/Listener-of-Sithis and /u/jacobgrey mentioned two of my goto music options with Midnight Syndicate and Tabletop Audio. Both are great. I prefer having straight up moody music so I use Midnight Syndicate in the background a lot for Ravenloft adventures.
This neat little site is good for simple ambient sounds that you can mix and match. If you're using background music like Midnight Syndicate, you can use asoftmurmer.com to add in game effects like rain, wind, campfire, etc. However that's mostly outdoor stuff and tabletop audio has a lot of low music, creepy ambient stuff fitting for dungeons.
If you go to youtube and search for Ravenloft playlists, you will find several that are pretty darn good for any creepy settings.
Try using this to sleep to ambient noise.
Edit: If your work involves the computer I also suggest installing flux so there is less strain on your eyes before you sleep.
Here's an app for some simple ambient sounds you can mix and match like on Ambientmixer: http://asoftmurmur.com/
(Rain, Thunder, Waves, Wind, Fire, Birds, Crickets, Coffee shop, Singing bowl, White noise)
Open both of these up at the same time, sit back, and relax
Edit: or this one if you wanted more choices
I have a soft murmur as well and it definitely mixes the sounds. If it's not working, just go straight to the website and try it there. They may have restricted some of the features in the app.
http://asoftmurmur.com/ Try this! It really helps me sleep because for some reason i can't sleep witout some kind of background noise. I didnt know about this until this summmer where i noticed that i would sleep much better with heavy rain/storm or thunderstorm outside.
A couple of people have said: " Lay in the dark, take long slow deliberate breaths, and tense then relax your muscles one by one starting at your feet then moving up your body." Which is very similar to what I do, and I find it works well.
Also, background (or ambient) sounds can be helpful; someone recommended http://asoftmurmur.com/ here (Reddit) a couple of months ago, I use it pretty regularly now. (i also use it as background noise when I'm reading... those times that music distracts me.)
I've got a crackling fire noise on A Soft Murmur right now, and my new Christmas lights on over the back of my armchair in the corner of my study, and I'm feeling pretty Christmassy. Also yesterday I spoke to one of the members of the local folk band I always go to see in early December for their Christmas gig. So I'm in quite a Christmassy mood too.
Edit: oh yes, and I just remembered, a customer in the shop I work at (which sells dried fruit and nuts and similar items) yesterday came in and bought a bunch of dried fruit and told me she was using it in her Christmas pud!
This is nice, i like this atmosphere as well, i had in mind more something indoors, i put this fridge sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu7DkbwWQJ8 together with just the coffee shop sound from here http://asoftmurmur.com/ ...thats the direction im thinking.
Go sit somewhere comfortable, but with few distractions. Put on something on asoftmurmur if it's too quiet and just observe things: people, nature, your pet, whatever. Have some water to drink and fruit in small pieces and eat slowly.
I don't like the random people noises, but I know some people love it. I prefer nature sounds: http://asoftmurmur.com/
Classical music, too, but I need to do more research to find the mellow stuff I prefer for writing. Piano, strings, guitar, without a lot of fuss and crash.
Firstly, yes! How amazing is Betrayal at House on the Hill! One of my groups favourites. I have 3 tips, two of which others have mentioned:
1) Yes audio is always great. If you can't find the right music, may I suggest two options:
a) use a soundscape type thing. http://asoftmurmur.com/ for example can make some really haunting sounds that you can play infinitely. (There is also an app!)
b) As a pianist I have played several pieces of music which sound super haunting and would be perfect! Carl Vine's Five Bagatelles for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrbGRRbBrLs. Just listen to the first min of that and you'll agree it's perfect. Also Debussy (a soundscape type composer) wrote some really haunting stuff if you want to go digging through YouTube :)
2) Candles! One next to each player so they can read their cards by candle light, and a couple around the main tiles. Let your eyes adjust and it'll be perfect.
3) Smell! I haven't used these but I saw them on Kickstarter a while ago.. rpg adventure scents: http://adventurescents.com/store/. If you've already got hearing and sight covered, what better sense to play with next but smell!
Hope this adds some atmosphere to your environment; my mates and I have had a couple of moments playing this game we will never forget! Happy gaming :)
Here is their website. It has all the available sounds for free in browser.
The app and website have very useful options which you should checkout. Things like timers, meander mode and saving mixes.
TIP: If you have pets that get nervous when left alone, they may find this soothing when you have to go out.
TIL there's an Audible app. Thanks dude.
The only other thing I like listening to is ambient noise. Not really music, but living in Seattle I got used to falling asleep to rainfall so stuff like http://asoftmurmur.com/ is really nice. (Found that on some Askreddit thread like a month or two ago.)
Movie soundtracks are designed in a way that they help you focus on the plot, without distracting you from what is happening. I listen to a lot of Hans Zimmer while studying to help me focus on my work without having to sit through dead silence.
White noise helps a lot as well. A Soft Murmur is a white noise website that allows you to choose the sounds you want to hear. I find this useful because some white noises distract me, but this website lets me adjust the sound levels and sound types for a really pleasant experience.
If you're just doing housework, podcasts are the way to go. It enriches your brain, and makes boring housework a lot more fun. I listen to various podcasts whenever I do dishes!
I thought the same when I first played.
A few tips. Play without looking up anything about the game/FAQs/guides/etc. It's a much cooler experience to discover everything about the game on your own.
Play with the black background, more calming.
Since the game doesn't have any audio, play with A Soft Murmur. I like using a blend of only the fire and thunder.
Use a ton of resources available to you.
I've got ADHD as well and what worked for me was putting a youtube video of a fireplace on my television (through my PS4) and then using this website for wind/rain sounds. I would also usually have a glass of tea.
Sometimes I would read 10 chapters in a row, sometimes I would only get through 1. It took me a while to finish, but I'm really glad that I did finish. I also found that if I didn't take my medication previously on that day then I would either finish just one chapter or finish a ton of chapters. Whenever I took my medicine I pretty much always finished 2-4 chapters.
Try listening to some white noise. Basic static completely wipes out my ability to hold a thought for more than a few seconds, while some of the other sounds on the site I linked I just find relaxing, which helps in quieting the occasional inner-voice fits of "YOU AND EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS GOING TO DIE AND YOU'RE HUNGRY AND YOU NEED TO BE AWAKE SOON AND YOU DON'T HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES ^and ^you ^said ^something ^stupid ^in ^class, ^remember?"
Nice giveaway, OP! This is an interesting one.
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A song that I like is here. It's "Kalypso" by Sorrow. A site that I like is here. It's pretty relaxing. It's like Rainy Mood that /u/TalkManEUW posted, but a bit better in my opinion. It has different sliders for different things like crickets, thunder, rain, wind, etc so you can control the volume of each.
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I like the music element they add to it! Here's another one if you're interested: A Soft Murmur It's got a few more types of sound you can throw into the mix. I prefer a heady mix of 0.25 rain, 1/3 thunder, 1/3 waves and 100% fire. Makes me feel like I'm at a cozy beach house in Maine snuggled up next to a fire during a thunder storm.
My living space is not conducive to reading or sleep. It's loud, and there are people outside all the time having conversations you can clearly hear, especially at night. This has caused a great deal of stress for me, since I'm unable to do anything without being reminded of other things going on.
Try variations of white noise. I use this webpage with the rain and thunder settings to drown out ambient noise. So far, it's working pretty well where reading is concerned. If I can't hear distractions, it becomes easier to lose myself in a story.
Also, if you still have trouble concentrating I would recommend different authors to ease back into it, such as novels that are more easily accessible (as in using language/material that won't require further research) but still paints a good picture in your mind.
Rain is the best, especially when combined with really chill music. Nothing is more soothing. Sadly it never rains enough. So in the meantime I must make do.
Crickets at 5%
Thunder at 10%
Waves at 15%
Wind at 25%
Fire at 55%
Sitting on a beach by the fire listening to a distant storm
You're welcome :)
http://asoftmurmur.com/ - For natural sounds that block out other noises. Really great for when your neighbor plays loud and shitty music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdhsVgdpSa0 - Classical music. I love it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyG6YMLEWus - Video game music and especially atmospheric music is per definition really good for studying because it is not made to take your attention away towards it, but rather to provide an atmosphere.
http://asoftmurmur.com/ - Could be good... it's mostly just a collection of ambient sounds you can tailor.
http://tabletopaudio.com/ - Might be better and I'd probably recommend it for what you need... it's was mostly created for tabletop games and contains music and ambient sounds. My friends and I have actually used this (particularly the 'Goblin Caves' track in HotDQ).
http://www.calm.com/ - Basically calming and relaxing ambience and music.
I can't remember where I found these, imgur, I think.
Hope it helps.