4 Ways to Let Nature De-Stress You

Four great ways for urban-dwellers to get back into nature and regain sanity (with NYC-specific tips).


Lunch Hour Circuit

As long as the humidity isn’t soaring, a lunchtime walk feels great. Even a gentle outdoor afternoon stroll can immediately boost your mood, help you to digest, and give you a better ability to deal with work stress. Busy working women, kick your heels to the curb, lace up your sneakers and find a public park near your office to quickly get your mind right.

4 Ways to Let Nature De-Stress You

Me, taking an afternoon stroll in The Ramble, Central Park


Some good parks with walking paths in Manhattan include:

  • Riverside Park along the Upper West Side
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • The High Line on Manhattan’s West Side
  • Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District
  • Central Park

Great for busy working women, students.

Got more time? Here are two more ideas:

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 72 Comments

  1. Avatar of Sasha Smith

    Just looking at green tree’s relaxes our body and mind. Being in a forest should work wonders for our bodies.

  2. Avatar of Charleen Washington

    Charleen Washington

    I totally love these tips! It’s very important and much needed to take a break from the busy routined lifestyle! Try to avoid your cell phone as much as you can. No laptops, No Tv. Try and stay away from every gadget that connects you with the world. Just go on a hike. Take your camera along! Capture everything you wish to. It’ll work like a miracle, and you’ll feel so much better. 🙂

  3. Avatar of Shelley Donalds

    Shelley Donalds

    Sometimes the big city life really depresses me, so I need to take a break and I go to the nearest park and just admire the nature. Just sit in an open area where I can see the nature (trees, birds, may be hills,water etc.) And think, without them, what would be world like? Then I start feeling more relaxed and appreciative about everything in my life.

  4. Avatar of Ingrid Winston

    Ingrid Winston

    I had a major bird watching weekend! On Saturday I went on the bird watching tour in Prospect Park and Sunday my husband and I went to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. It’s warbler migration time and I saw several kinds in both parks. I am just a beginner which is why it’s good to go with the tour, to hear from the experts. Everyone seemed to be out enjoying nature. 🙂

  5. Avatar of Winona Miller

    Winona Miller

    The Madison Square Park is EVERYTHING! A true treasure in the city! There is always something interesting going on in this well kept park. Free wifi, live events, sculpture displays, pretty flowers & fall foliage. Pick up your lunch, sit here, enjoy the people watching. The squirrels are uber friendly. Don’t be surprised if one climbs up your leg or jumps on your shoulder to see what you’re eating.

  6. Avatar of Brenda Nelson

    Brenda Nelson

    Great tips for those who enjoy a hike or a jog out in the nature! If you are lazy, and don’t enjoy hiking, these may not be the places for you. 😉 Great places to relax and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

  7. Avatar of Leah Helms

    Leah Helms

    Great post, however some of these places are not that well known, and almost a secret spot for some. Places are kept secret for a reason. The unwanted and unappreciative people are the reason why these amazing spots are getting destroyed… I can see your good intnetions, but spreading the word about cherished paradises does more damage than good.

  8. Avatar of Loraine Aguilar

    Loraine Aguilar

    Great piece, love. Such great tips too. I have enjoyed many of these spots. Brought out lots of memories. As much as I’m having a lot of fun during my current visit to Asia, I can’t wait to go back home to New York!

  9. Avatar of Teresa Tanner

    Teresa Tanner

    I love these! But I don’t get to spend enough time in New York to do these. I only visit once a week every month for work meetings. I would love to see a San Francisco version of this guide! PLEASE! 🙂

  10. Avatar of Carolyn Robertson

    Carolyn Robertson

    No lie, I just got a little jealous because of how beautiful and tranquil these places were. Thank you for posting this. I’ll take some time off the busy city life and enjoy a day off at one of these beautiful parks this weekend, even for a few hours. 🙂

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