7 Ways to Relax in a Busy City

7 Ways to Relax in a Busy City

It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of living in a metropolitan area. The rat race usually feels real, and it can be hard to prioritize your mental health over the typical grind. That doesn’t mean finding ways to relax isn’t important. At the very least, relaxing and enjoying downtime are sure ways to boost your productivity and keep your creative juices flowing.

Here are 7 of my favourite ways to relax and stay sane in a busy city:



Finding the quiet, peaceful place your mind naturally keeps for you is a surefire way to recenter. Studies have indicated that meditation not only lowers blood pressure but can also amp up your immune system. Meditation takes practise to do correctly, but the time investment is beyond worth it!



Your physical health is directly connected to your mental health. Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, endorphins. I’m a sucker for a power yoga session, but anything that gets you moving, happy, and sweating is going to increase your self-confidence and reduce stress.


Disconnect from your tech

Now this is a tough one, especially for entrepreneurs. One of the big reasons it can be so difficult for business owners to take an actual vacation is that they feel the need to be connected to their business in a way that prevents them from, say, having an actual weekend off. Recenter your priorities and take a break from the “outside world” by disconnecting from your technology…


Head to the farmer’s market

Grocery shopping at farmer’s markets is a great way to connect to your food and your surroundings. A good farmer’s market should remind you of being in the countryside. Take your time shopping for your organic fruits and vegetables and enjoy the process, be present, be zen.


Pamper yourself

Spa days are easy as far as reaching your quiet, relaxed place. But if you don’t have the budget for fancy massages and saunas, indulging in a face mask or a relaxing bath at home will get you to the same place for a fraction of the cost.

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Read a book

Reading is proven to be one of the best ways to relax, even more so than listening to music or going for a walk. Six minutes of reading can be enough to reduce your stress levels by more than two thirds, according to neuropsychologist Dr Lewis’ 2009 study.

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Find the water.

Since ancient times, people have assigned healing and transformational properties to water. Find the water near you (be it a lake, pond, or ocean) and enjoy a few hours soaking up the view… Being around water gives our brains and our senses a rest from overstimulation.


There are many benefits of living in a busy city. Being overstimulated and desensitized to your mental health isn’t one of them. There is nothing more important you could be doing than taking care of yourself. Your health is precious, and truly all you have at the end of the day. Plus, there’s plenty of time to stress yourself out and aggressively dance party later! How do you like to unwind from city life?

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  • Miss Sweet & Chic

    I needed this post!! I used to meditate years ago then stopped after kids! I think I need to start again 🙂 The only way I can relax is by being outside around nature. Great post & goodness you look amazingly perfect in these pics! One of the few natural beauties left! Xoxoxo

  • Ree

    Such good tips . It’s so easy to be stressed! 😄

  • These are great tips for chilling out. I love going to Farmer’s Markets! Have a wonderful week!

  • True… So true… Especially disconnecting from all the tech stuff :)))))) easier said than done though…

  • YES YES GREAT TIPS! We’ll definitely need to do one of these when I’m back!

  • I absolutely love this post! I live in a smaller city right now but I still take time out of my day to meditate and concentrate on myself and my goals for the future!

  • I agree with a lot of your tips for relaxing when you live in the city. I’m always reading something because I am an inquisitive soul and learning about something new or immersing myself in someone else’s world soothes me. I also love soaking in long baths and luckily I live in a city perched right on the Great Lakes so I am surrounded by water.

  • Love this article! I can totally relate because I live in NYC and it’s such a busy place, but it’s always good to find sometime to unwind. 🙂


  • All of these are so true 🙂 Thank for reminding me <3
    The water part is so true for me and reading. But also meditation and working out.


  • Thanks for sharing doll!

  • Omg you are such a babe! Workout clothes have never looked so amazing <3 I need your legs love! :O xoxo, sharon

  • You are goals babe! Great tips. Thanks for the inspiration .
    Xx, Raysa

  • Tamara

    Yoga always helps me relax and unwind! Great tips!


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  • Great article. But the real thing is your about me girl! Total bombshell #stayweird

  • Loved this post Kandja! I’m just starting to get into Meditation before bed and I’m loving it! Great tips girly 🙂 xo – Mitra

  • I too live in a busy city, I am constantly feeling as though I’m falling behind or not doing enough. Thanks for this post!

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  • Adi

    Great tips!! And stunning shots!

    Adi xx

  • Love this post! I definitely need to start relaxing more!

  • Megan

    Logging off and not WANTING to check all types of media is the best feeling.


  • I definitely need to disconnect from the social media! Ugh… maybe I should shut it down on the weekends. I am addicted to my phone 🙁

  • This is such a great read and thankfully I am currently living in a small town after 17 years in the biggest city in Malaysia. Yoga for me is the best way to relax, have you been practising for long?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  • Nicole

    Great post and excellent reminders. I read regularly but I do need to remember to do everything else on this list!

  • Ashvin Nankoo

    This is a really helpful post! I live in London and life is pretty fast here, it like a racing track. I always say I will try to disconnect from my social but it is hard. I have to do it step by step! Thank you!

  • Jade

    This is an excellent post. I definitely need to learn to pamper myself and get back into my routine of reading. It’s very relaxing and an excellent way to unwind. Great tips.

    Jade |

  • Bianca Sasha

    I love going to the farmer’s market’s in my city, it feels like the country in the city!

  • Aisha Sylvester

    Great photos and great tips! I love big cities but after a few days I always need to decompress just a little bit 🙂

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    Meditating definitely helps ease the mind!

  • These are good tips, especially the meditation one! 🙂 When I go back to working in the city I’ll need to remember thse tricks! 🙂

    Hope you are having a fantastic week 🙂

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