Spring in the City

Finding peace in the concrete jungle of New York City is important for achieving stability, sanity, and overall happiness.

Our hustle-and-bustle lifestyle definitely has its perks, including a vast range of cultural experiences, a diverse, expansive population, food and restaurants, and activities for every interest. We work to live and live to work, however, so we must make sure to find balance and peace.

Here are 10 ideas to fold into your work week, and all of these are cell phone-free! That’s right, smart phone free. Putting down your device, being present in the moment, and focusing on something other than texting, social media, and all the apps will liberate you and free your mind. The rest will follow!

1. Run. Running is free, has no time limit, and does not compete with you. You can see many new sights along the way. The endorphins that kick in give you a natural high to re-set your day. As a runner, I often come across new restaurants and other hidden gems on my treks through Brooklyn. And if you’re not able to run, then get out and walk. A brisk walk can serve the same purpose and is a great long-term investment in yourself.

2. Bike. Another great way to enjoy the city and get some exercise. There are many wonderful bike paths in both Brooklyn and Manhattan and Citi Bike makes this even easier. Just watch out for those meandering tourists walking in the bike lanes or careening down a street the wrong way!

3. Sit in a park and just observe. Or check out the view from your stoop. People-watching is fascinating and even comical. It reminds you that we are all human. And laughter is wonderful medicine for the soul.

4. Enjoy some outdoor music. There are many free outdoor music events throughout the city (https://www.nycgo.com/things-to-do/events-in-nyc/free-summer-concert-calendar). Lean back and enjoy the groove or get on your feet and dance to your heart’s content.

5. Stop and smell the flowers and observe the trees as they start to bloom; that’s if you don’t have allergies. Be grateful and appreciative of this new life.

6. Sit outside at one of NY’s wonderful cafes. Have some iced tea or coffee and relax reading a good book.

7. Go to a museum. Museums offer a wealth of thought-provoking content, as well as air-conditioned comfort. Educational and beautiful!

8. Meditate. Find a time every day to relax and meditate. Come up with a mantra that is both positive and motivational.

9. As an alternative to posting a zillion shots of your morning coffee, or a crazy dog picture to show your current mood, try making notes in an IRL journal, pen to paper. The act of writing things down can actually make your goals more likely to happen and calm the overactive parts of your brain.”

10. Sit by an open window, feel the breeze, breathe the fresh air, and just be thankful that you are both who you are and are where you are today.


Acupuncturist, herbalist, Maya abdominal practitioner, and reflexologist Christina Morris is the founder of Element Natural Healing Arts. Writing about health and wellness gives her an outlet to express her care and concern for her beloved community. She believes everyone can achieve better health and happiness–emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.