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Stress-free NYC: De-stress December tips to relax and recharge

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

MNDFL, NYC's newest meditation studio, wants to help
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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

Book an appointment for the Bitch Massage at
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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

Sensory deprivation tanks are all the rage for
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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

Wellness destination Naturopathica Chelsea Healing Arts Center and
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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

You don't need to deal with the stress
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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

You may not be ready to commit to
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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

OK, we know we promised no crowds, but
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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.

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