7 Ways To Relax When NYC Life Has You Stressed Out

With all the noise, the traffic, the delayed public transit and the competitive work environments, it’s easy to get stressed out in this city. Here are some things you can do to relieve all that tension:

 

1. Take a bike ride

central park biking

If you don’t already have one, you can rent a Central Park bike and helmet for only $12 on the Fever app. Take a journey and see what you find.

 

2. Drink tea

tea

Tea does wonders for relieving tension—and not sugary chai lattes, traditional tea made the way China’s always made it. You can sample the green tea at Tea Drunk and get 10 percent off any loose teas in the store when you pre-purchase on the Fever app.

 

3. Yoga

yoga

It’s no secret that yoga is a great stress reliever. It also has other health benefits like building strength and flexibility and boosting your immune system. If you don’t want to commit to a studio membership, you can purchase a single class for only $10 on the Fever app.

 

4. Meditate

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[Mind Body Green]
Meditation is another common stress-relief method. NYC has plenty of meditation centers where you can take classes. Some of the best are Kadampa Meditation, Shambhala Meditation, and Art Of Living.

 

5. Read

cat reading book

Nothing makes you forget about your troubles for a while like reading a good book. Start with one of these great books about NYC, because you need to read at least one to consider yourself a true New Yorker.

 

6. Draw

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[Waithamai/Flickr]
Adult coloring is the latest craze, but it isn’t just a fad—it really works to reduce your stress levels. Fever has drawing classes available for only $10 if you want an instructor to guide you through the basics. Or, just pick up a pencil and go for it.

 

7. Find quiet

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[Stray Boots]
The previous three things are best done in a quiet place. Check out one of these hidden quiet places in the city, where you can sit and escape the noise for a while.

 

Cover photo credit: Mike Norton/Flickr

 

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