17 Ways to Relax When the City Punches You in the Face
That don’t involve screaming at your cab driver
Hey, you, stress-eating an entire pizza from Roberta's. We know schlepping to work, getting stuck on the subway and waiting in that endless Trader Joe's line is exhausting, but there are way more awesome ways to melt away tension and find your center in NYC.
Here are 17 ways to unwind when the city is driving you completely insane.
1. Book a cushion online at MNDFL, then drop in to the West Village meditation center for a calming meditation class in front of an uber-relaxing living plant wall. There is green in the city.
2. Jump into a sensory deprivation tank at Lift: Next Level Floats in Carroll Gardens, where you’ll float in salt water and experience weightlessness for one glorious hour.
3. You know what’s totally therapeutic? Coloring. On the first Friday of every month, grab your charcoals and head to Brooklyn Craft Company’s art social night (oh, and there’s wine, which is also totally therapeutic).
4. Soothe headaches and restore balance in your body with a craniosacral therapy session at Integrate NY Physical Therapy. They’ll find tension in your skull you never even knew you had, melting away stress throughout your entire body.
5. Take an hour-long field trip to the only suburbs in the city--take the E, F, M or R train to 71st Street in Queens and walk around the gorgeous private community of Tudor homes in Forest Hills Gardens.
6. Get a boost of Zen anytime with the OMG. I Can Meditate! app--you’ll be instantly transported from the endless line at the post office to a sandy beach.
7. Take a luxurious sound bath at the Maha Rose Center for Healing in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. There’s no water involved--you soak up the sounds of singing bowls, tuning forks and sonic vibrations. (Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds.)
8. Hop on New Jersey Transit and take a day trip to Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. It’s like a giant outdoor sculpture museum in the woods.
9. Yep, this is actually in NYC: The Secret Garden at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island has its own castle and maze. Its basically everything we dreamed about when we were five years old.
10. Spend a quiet morning exploring the Met Cloisters, a Medieval art museum inside a French monastery that's nestled in the woods of Fort Tryon Park.
11. Book a reading staycation at the Library Hotel. It’s calm, quiet and each room comes complete with a shelf full of books (and if that’s not enough for you, the NYPL is right across the street).
12. Take a stroll through the beautifully manicured Japanese Zen Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
13. Kick back with purring cats at Koneko, a cat café where you pay by the hour to play with a room full of adorable kitties. Yep, you can outsource the crazy cat lady so you don’t have to actually be one.
14. Popping a Xanax isn’t the only way to relax. Learn to unwind and heal your body naturally with herbs at the New York Institute of Aromatherapy.
15. Soak in an underground hot tub at Spanish-inspired spa Aire Ancient Baths, then plunge into an ice bath (if you dare).
16. Get an Indian Champissage, a head massage with ayurvedic oils that purportedly opens the energy centers in your head, shoulders and neck.
17. Remember those years you spent begging your parents for a horse? Now you can have one (for the day) and ride it through Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Work emails? What work emails? Giddy up, Seabiscuit!