Lifestyle Stress-free NYC: De-stress December tips to relax and recharge By MELISSA KRAVITZ email@example.com Updated December 3, 2015 2:20 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Finally fit the stereotype of stressed-out New Yorker? Welcome to the club and take a deep breath. Or many. The end of the year can bring on a lot of undue anxiety: crowds, shopping, cold weather... Take some time to treat yourself to some of New York's overlooked calming options and take the stress out of December. Here's where to relax, recharge and prepare for a calm and collected 2016. Meditate at MNDFL Photo Credit: Meditate MNDFL, NYC's newest meditation studio, wants to help New Yorkers unwind authentically. Reserve a meditation cushion for guided half-hour or 45-minute guided meditation sessions -- your first class is $10! Get Zen with a $50 unlimited membership for your first month or purchase a MNDFL Meditation Starter Kit ($250), which includes a meditation cushion set, a meditation guide, a coffee cup (of course!) and more to help you become more mindful at home. 10 E. 8th St., 212-477-0487, mndflmeditation.com B*tch it out at Haven Spa Photo Credit: Haven Spa Book an appointment for the Bitch Massage at the newly opened Haven Spa, just steps from Washington Square Park. Designed for women who are PMS-ing, even men can benefit from this 60-minute treatment designed to relieve anxiety, stress, insomnia and irritability through massage, acupressure and aromatherapy. Vocalize your complaints to your masseuse or just shout them out pre-massage in the steam room. $140, 250 Mercer St., 212-343-3515, havenspa.nyc Deprive your senses at Lift Floats Photo Credit: Life Floats Sensory deprivation tanks are all the rage for New Yorkers who hate their senses! But actually, these saltwater tanks provided optimal relaxation and physical pain relief -- think floating in the Dead Sea, but solo and with soothing music. Rest your mind and body and leave with super soft skin and a great story about that time you floated solo for an hour to tell at all upcoming holiday parties. $99 for your first float, 320 Court St., Brooklyn, 718-701-0808, liftfloats.com Revitalize holistically at Naturopathica Chelsea Photo Credit: Naturopathica Wellness destination Naturopathica Chelsea Healing Arts Center and Spa aims to help New Yorkers revitalize their mind, body and spirit. If you don't have time to indulge in a spa treatment, stop by the Vitality Bar, which serves customized healing tonics or juices or visit the Remedy Bar where hand-picked herbal teas will help soothe and heal you. 127 W. 26th St., naturopathica.com Cuddle up at NYC's newest cat cafe, Koneko Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz You don't need to deal with the stress of pet ownership but can reap its cute benefits thanks to Koneko. Book an hour to cuddle with the kitties (all adoptable, if you're ready to make the leap) and relax with dozens of cats! If you're looking for a regular "in" with the felines, Koneko is also currently hiring cattery volunteers. $15 per hour of cuddles, 26 Clinton St., konekonyc.com Breathe in at the NY Institute of Aromatherapy Photo Credit: katewares via Flickr You may not be ready to commit to becoming an aromatherapist, but if you're not enrolling in an aromatherapy course or workshop here, you can still benefit from the apothecary! Step into the NY Institute of Aromatherapy, inhale and ask for professional assistance with essential oils to calm, de-stress and revive you. 530 E. 13th St., 347-690-0957, newyorkinstituteofaromatherapy.com Indulge in some retail therapy Photo Credit: iStock OK, we know we promised no crowds, but come on, you live in New York! If shopping is your primary de-stresser, make a day of it and book an elegant lunch reservation at an in-store restaurant or visit one of NYC's seasonal pop-up shops for some out of the ordinary shopping fun. By MELISSA KRAVITZ firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Holiday gift ideas for foodies, die-hard New Yorkers, moreGo forth and shop! Made in Brooklyn: Gifts crafted in the borough of KingsBrooklynites and hangers-on alike will love gifts made in the borough of Kings. 11 perfect gifts for people you hateMaking a list and can't check anyone off it? Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.