Even in the city that never sleeps, we all need to catch a break from time to time. As much as the hustle and bustle of New York City excites us, it can be overwhelming. We all need mental resets—not only to prep ourselves to finish tackling our workload, but for the sake of self-care. Although working nonstop is how most people picture life in New York, there are definitely still spots to go to for relaxation. So put on your relaxation uniform (our Meditate + Manifest tee will do the trick) and hit these five places to de-stress in NYC.
1. Pottery Painting at Painted Pot
Unwind and let your creativity flow by pottery painting at Painted Pot. Painted Pot is a creative arts studio with three locations, all in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill). Pottery painting is super therapeutic and fun for all ages, alone or with a bunch of friends. It’s also a rewarding experience—to be able to set aside time for your artsy side and later being able to take home art to call yours. At Painted Pot, you can attend classes and workshops that you can register beforehand or just walk-in without a reservation—no prior skills necessary! They also offer canvas painting and mosaics as other options if you feel more called to them.
2. Meditation at the Rubin Museum of Art
Tackle art and meditation all at once at the Rubin Museum of Art. The museum has a “Mindful Meditation” series where an expert comes to lead a 45-minute mediation session each week. It takes place from 1:00pm to 1:45pm and will fit easily into your lunch break. Whether you’re a master meditator or a first-timer, the session is open to all. What makes meditation here so special is that each session is inspired by a different section of the Rubin. And if you can’t attend a session, a podcast recording of the session will be uploaded to their website for you to download and decompress on your own schedule.
3. A Walk Through Fort Washington Park
Taking a stroll through a park is probably one of the most common ways to de-stress. NYC is a concrete jungle, but there are still some beautiful parks if you are trying to zen out—here comes Fort Washington Park of Washington Heights. Fort Washington Park is home to the iconic little red lighthouse some of us may remember from the children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and The Great Gray Bridge. Walking in the park, you’ll get a beautiful view of the George Washington Bridge and the Hudson River. The breeze off the Hudson as well as its scent and sound is a great stress-reliever.
4. Yoga at Y7 Studio
Feeling stressed? Sweat it out at a yoga studio! Get your heart pumping and challenge yourself at Y7 Studio. They’re not too hard to find, with several locations scattered around Brooklyn and Manhattan. What’s amazing about Y7 is their culture —Y7 seeks to build a “tribe” to make yoga more inclusive and accessible for all. As for their classes, you’re bound to find something that’ll interest you. From #HipHopWednesday to Slow Burn, you won’t be getting bored.
5. Halotherapy at BREATHE Salt Rooms
If you’re down to splurge a bit, treat yourself to a dry salt therapy (aka halotherapy) session at BREATHE Salt Rooms on Fifth Avenue. What you’ll be doing is lounging in a room that’s entirely salt. Yep, you read that right. Beyond the salt walls and floors, even the air is salted with a Halogenerator that releases ultra-fine salt particles. The salt has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-viral healing properties that supposedly cleanses sinuses, improves skin, and more. With Himalayan pink salt trending in beauty, home decor, and health, a halotherapy session is something you should try out, even just for its novelty.
What are your ultimate de-stressing spots in NYC? Let us know in the comments!