40 Ways to Relax and Feel Better Now Around the DC Area

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We all experience stress. At times, you might feel work pressures or family tensions; the impact of heavy news stories or endless doomscrolling; anxiety, burnout, or maybe even an existential crisis looming in the distance. Overwhelmed? Inhale, exhale. Let’s start over.

Despite the madness, you can press pause and make space for your well-­being. That’s where self-care comes in. While it has become a buzzword of sorts in recent years, often used to sell a product or an experience, it remains a way to prioritize your mental and physical health.

Self-care is all about taking care of you—and that makes it subjective. For some, unwinding might look like a day at the spa or a cocktail topped with a colorful umbrella. For others, it means carving out time throughout the week to take a breath and reconnect with themselves. There’s no “right” way to find tranquility: It’s about discovering what works best for each individual.

In that spirit, we’ve compiled a variety of activities to help you feel better now. From little treats to luxe treatments, there are many ways to practice the concept of self-care. Inhale, exhale. Let’s get started.

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This article appears in the December 2023 issue of Washingtonian.

We all experience stress. At times, you might feel work pressures or family tensions; the impact of heavy news stories or endless doomscrolling; anxiety, burnout, or maybe even an existential crisis looming in the distance. Overwhelmed? Inhale, exhale. Let’s start over.

Despite the madness, you can press pause and make space for your well-­being. That’s where self-care comes in. While it has become a buzzword of sorts in recent years, often used to sell a product or an experience, it remains a way to prioritize your mental and physical health.

Self-care is all about taking care of you—and that makes it subjective. For some, unwinding might look like a day at the spa or a cocktail topped with a colorful umbrella. For others, it means carving out time throughout the week to take a breath and reconnect with themselves. There’s no “right” way to find tranquility: It’s about discovering what works best for each individual.

In that spirit, we’ve compiled a variety of activities to help you feel better now. From little treats to luxe treatments, there are many ways to practice the concept of self-care. Inhale, exhale. Let’s get started.

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3 Peaceful Places to Find a Quiet Moment Around the DC Area

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4 Things to Do When You Need to Relieve Stress Around DC

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3 Places to Snuggle With Animals Around DC to Reduce Stress

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