Take a deep breath—in, now out. In, out. In, out. There you go.
If you hadn't heard, a recent study named Houston the second-most overworked city in the country—second only to freaking Washington, D.C. So yeah, we're pretty stressed.
What better time to prioritize some #selfcare than National Mental Health Day? (That's today.) Here, we submit five ways for Houstonians to unplug, unwind, and destress—might we propose a "personal day" to try them all?
Though it may seem counter-intuitive at first blush, becoming a human pin cushion actually does wonders for your stress level. In fact, it's almost like you can feel the stress leaving your body through those dozens of tiny puncture holes. In direct response to the aforementioned study, Modern Acupuncture is now offering first-timers a free introductory session at all five Houston-area locations. Close your eyes, lay back in a zero-gravity chair in the "Zen Den," and let the acupuncturist get to work on unblocking all your energy—it's about as close as you can get to being tranquilized, and that's a good thing.
CBD proponents swear by the stuff for stress relief, so just imagine how the benefit intensifies when paired with possibly the most universally relaxing activity in the world: a massage. The spa at downtown's Hotel Alessandra has crafted a seriously tempting full-body treatment that features a decadent all-inclusive massage ($150 for 60 minutes, $240 for 90) enhanced by therapeutic CBD body oil ($15) from LEEF Organics for head-to-toe healing.
When you're floating weightlessly for an hour in a private pod with purified water and 1,200 pounds of epsom salts, it's as if time and space are totally suspended—so it's no surprise that most "floaters" find the experience aids in stress and anxiety relief, workout recovery, pain reduction, and improved mental focus. Urban Float's tagline says it all: "renew, refresh, revive." Newcomers can float for $45 for their first session (regularly $90).
Tension Relief Cocoon
It's all in the name with this luxurious treatment at The Houstonian's Trellis Spa: For 50 minutes, your tired, aching carapace will be enveloped in an "intensely active" marine mud that soothes sore tissue and tight muscles while drawing out toxins from deep within to leave you refreshed and rejuvenated. $180.
Nothing feels as good as a long, deep, slow stretch when you really need it, so no relaxation round-up would be complete without a restorative yoga class. Every Sunday evening at Yogaleena in Montrose, you can reset for the week ahead with soft music and lighting during Restore & Renew. Expect to relax muscles, focus on breath, and hold restorative poses with blocks and blankets before a long, sweet savasana. A drop-in class is $20.