What To Do In New York City When You're Burned Out Or Heartbroken


Kate Paguinto

Thanks for following us across the globe with our London Mend Guide. Today we’re heading back to the states to share our favorite ways to mend burnout or heartbreak in New York. In case you missed it, we’ve also shared how to mend in San Francisco, Westside LA, Eastside LA, and Central LA.

Without further ado, The Mend Guide to New York City…

Unwind And Relax

For elevated and affordable pampering, make an appointment at one of four tenoverten NYC locations for a manicure and pedicure in a beautifully-designed, relaxing space with highly trained staff and non-toxic polishes. And you can enjoy this self-care activity totally guilt-free because all tenoverten products are vegan and cruelty free.

Holistic Healing For Heartbreak

Can’t decide on a self-care activity? Maha Rose in Brooklyn is a one-stop shop for all your healing needs. They offer a variety of workshops and trainings such as acupuncture, reiki, breathwork, hypnotherapy, meditation, dance, and yoga so you can try all sorts of healing and find what works best for you.

Check out Maha Rose’s upcoming events. We recommend the Practical Magic Workshop to incorporate spirituality into your daily self-care rituals or Psychic Hygiene 101 to clear your aura and ground your energy.

Do A Digital Detox

Turn off your phone and spend the afternoon getting lost in books and magazines at the iconic New York Public Library. Enjoy the simplicity of a good story without letting the distractions from email, Snapchat, and Instagram creep in.

Slough Off The Old, In With The New

If you’re down for a field trip, nothing marks a new chapter like getting a traditional Korean scrub at Spa Castle. This 5-story spa in College Point offers luxurious spa services like scrubs, hydrotherapy, reflexology and lavender treatments.

Some of the most notable features include a hydrotherapy pool with jets that target pressure points to ease aches and pains as well as a color therapy room to balance energy within the mind. For as little as $40, you can also indulge in amenities such as a Himalayan salt sauna, a healing zone, and aqua/tonic bar.

Conscious Comfort Food

by CHLOE has taken the vegan restaurant scene in New York by storm. Started by Chef Chloe Coscarelli (of Cupcake Wars fame) and Creative Director Sam Wasserman, this restaurant boasts an incredibly delicious 100% plant based, vegan and kosher menu in a bright and cheery space that will leave you feeling energized. Currently in the West Village and Flatiron, they are set to open their Soho, Rock Center and Williamsburg locations soon.

For comfort food, we recommend their Mac N’ Cheese and one of Chloe’s famous cupcakes. For something lighter, we recommend their Avocado Pesto Pasta and Kale Cookies + Cream ice cream.

Pro tip: Their menu offers goodies for pets like Pupcakes so your furry friend can have a treat too!

Mend Mindfully

Burnout and breakups can do a number on your mind and body. From low energy days to sleepless nights, it’s not always easy to recover. Drop into MNDFL and find the perfect meditation class for your post-heartbreak healing. Each 30 to 45 minute class features a different theme so you can choose what would be most helpful to your day.

Try the Sleep class to help you transition into sweet dreams if you’re battling insomnia or trade-in the caffeine for a morning Energy class to keep you awake and active all day. MNDFL even has a Sound class so you can learn to use the sirens and street noise of NYC as a form of meditation.

Take A Sound Bath

Ready to add a little spice to your yoga practice? Take a class at Sky Ting Yoga, where highly trained instructors combine different forms of yoga to create a unique yoga experience in a bright Chinatown studio. If you’re in the mood for a mini restorative retreat, sign up for one of their upcoming Sound Bath workshops for rejuvenation.

If you’re experiencing tension in your body  we recommend signing up for the Katonah + Pranayama class, which eases your joints and regulates your mood to help you get “unstuck.” They also offer an Advanced Tings class for any yogis who are ready to move at a faster pace.

(Aroma)Therapy Session

Did you know that scents can calm you down and make you feel better? At the New York Institute of Aromatherapy, you can not only learn about the benefits of different scents, but you can also create your own. NYIOA aims to help people begin a relationship with plants, oils, and aroma-based healing so you can create a scent that excites your spirit and mind.

You can sign up for a variety of workshops that will teach you how to make your own soaps, facial serums, fizzing bath balls, and more.

Bonus: If you decide to take this new hobby to the next level, NYIOA offers certification classes so you can launch a career in aromatherapy.

Have A Quiet Morning at MoMA

Get ready to beat those humpday blues. Every Wednesday in October, the Museum of Modern Art hosts Quiet Mornings, which allows visitors to view collections without the crowds. Guests are encouraged to silence their phones and take time to admire the work slowly so they can clear their heads and get inspiration for the day or week ahead.

Afterward, the museum offers a drop-in meditation session in the Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, overlooking the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Taking time to enjoy art and mindfulness can be the perfect cure when you’re living in a big city.

Return To The Woom

We know how easy it is to fall into zombie-mode during a period of burnout or heartbreak. You can be totally awake without truly being present. If you’re struggling to get out of that funk, check out Woom Center.

Unlike traditional yoga studios, Woom is a multi-sensory yoga, meditation, and movement experience that aims to help students explore higher states of consciousness naturally and safely. This studio blends yoga with dance, music, and fresh, organic nutrition to create a unique and transformative experience that will help you feel more connected to yourself and those around you.

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