There’s no two ways about it: city life is stressful. Whether you’re spending your days at a high-pressure job, or running the kids around from school to classes and play-dates, it can get exhausting.

What we love about New York, though, is that there are so many incredible and unique ways to relax. Even the most standard of shops places can offer a creative twist to make a visit worth the while.

Check out some of our favorite places to stop and breathe.

1. Access your artistic side as foolproof strategy for forgetting your weekday worries. Baked in Brooklyn offers a great studio space, a wide variety of different pottery pieces, and a whole lot of paint. Choose your own piece for example a mug, piggybank, or platter and proceed to paint your cares away.

2. Haven Salon and Spa in SoHo has everything you could possibly need, from couple’s facials to amazing “Girl’s Night Out” packages. For ultimate relaxation, try the Haven Signature Massage. The services is personalize to your needs, combining Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, and reflexology.

3. Eating chocolate is a de-stressor no-brainer, but Eve Salon in the West Village takes chocolate to a new level with their Hot Cocoa Pedicures and Manicures. They combine a cocoa soak, cocoa scrub, and cocoa butter moisturizer for a decedent spa experience. Enjoy!

4. Stop at Brooklyn’s Shen Beauty for professional advise on make-up and skin care products from a former stylist and beauty journalist. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped inside the pages of Allure magazine!

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