Do the holidays make anyone else feel the need to hibernate for a month straight? After running around trying to find the perfect gifts, hosting guests, and eating like it was your part-time job over the holidays, you could use some time to devote a little TLC to yourself. After all, what are all those visa gift cards for if not to spend on yourself? As a huge self-care advocate, I decided to compile a list of New York City activities for those of us who need a little me-time to reflect or connect. Or maybe for those of us who are still unsure of what day/year it is! I made this post New York City specific but if you don’t live in New York you might be able to find similar ideas in your own hometown.
Of course, I was gonna start with a Spa recommendation. Seriously, the Sojo Spa Club is just a quick stop over the river in New Jersey, they provide a complimentary shuttle bus. You will then arrive at what I call the adult playground of relaxation. I went as a plus one with my bestie who’s a beauty writer and this place was HEAVEN! For the small price of $60-55 dollars, you can purchase a day pass which includes access to an array of amenities including pools, hot tubs, saunas. Plus, you can get buried in volcanic ash, an ancient Japanese beauty practice that feels like what I would describe as a messy gravity blanket sauna. Of course, you can purchase other spa packages, at an additional cost, ranging from massages to acupressure, facials, and my personal favorite, the Korean body scrub. They also have a café so you never have to leave the facility and get the most out of your spa day!
The Wrecking Club
This one is a little out there but honestly some of the best good-ol fashioned fun I’ve had in a while. The Wrecking Club is essentially a place where you rent a room with x amount of stuff to smash. Yea, you read that right. I bought the “double dip” package which included two electronics and one bucket of dishes. In the room, we had crowbars and baseball bats to smash our goods and an aux cord to play the music of your choosing. You can also add more to your package via “à la carte” should you destroy all of your electronics too quickly. I ended up purchasing another bucket of dishes and felt that was enough. This was a great way to blow off steam post-holiday stress. Maybe even cheaper than therapy, just saying.
Escape to the mountains. You won’t find Wifi but you will find a better connection. Getting in touch with nature is a great way to decompress from the everyday chaotic city life and a great way to just unplug/relax. I’m planning a trip up to Hudson, NY and plan on doing a day ski-trip to Hunter Mountain. Even if you don’t ski, there’s plenty of fun to be had at the lodge with cozy fireplaces and plenty of cocktails. Hunter Mountain is only a few hours from the city and is easier to access than you might think. I’ll update this post after my trip with more details of course, however, highly recommend you get into the upstate New York vibes. You won’t regret it.
Yoga to the People
So for those of you who don’t know, although you probably do, Yoga to the People is a donation based yoga studio that offers a variety of yoga classes. If you’re like me and have a love-hate relationship with the gym or find juice cleanses appalling, this a great way to move your body, detox some sweat, and clear your head. I’m not a yogi by any means but this place is truly a gem. The recommended donation amount is $10 dollars but their policy is “give what you can.” Perfect if you’re on a budget or don’t know if you want to commit to the yogi life yet. Plus, they have several locations around the city so it shouldn’t be hard to hard to find one in your area. Na-Ima-stay in the realm of positivity/sunshine as should you.