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Chicago Self-Care Guide

Let’s face it: adulting is stressful. Between work, bills, juggling a million things, the news, your commute, and the ever looming finale of Game of Thrones (who will sit on the Iron Throne?!), it is a lot. But constantly feeling overwhelmed is serious stuff. Stress is linked to problems with depression, anxiety, sleep, appetite, and even heart disease.

In honor of National Stress Awareness month, we’ve rounded up five Chicago activities to help you schedule some much-needed self care.

Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts

You can’t solve all of your problems with ice cream, but you should at least try. Head over to Wicker Park and treat your inner child to a gelato animal cone at Eli’s Ark. This shop specializes in whimsical desserts that will bring a smile to your face. Don’t stress out from choosing between delicious flavors like nutella and avocado – get two scoops, you’ve earned it!

Eli’s Ark, 1843 W North Ave, Chicago, IL (773) 687-9072


Photo Courtesy of Bentley Hair & Beauty

Don’t pull your hair out…

Get it blown out at Bentley’s Hair and Beauty. Getting a blowout is an easy way to pamper yourself without committing to a new hairstyle or color. It’s the perfect little pick me up for midweek and there’s something very soothing about someone else washing your hair after an unmentionably long time existing on dry shampoo.

Bentley’s Hair and Beauty, 43 East Oak Street, Chicago, IL (312) 624-9315

Wine About It

Treat your work wife to a wine sesh at Enolo Wine Cafe during happy hour. Kvetch and then catch up over a cheese board and a $7 glass of wine. Enolo has happy hour weeknights from 4 p.m to 6 p.m.

Enolo Wine Cafe, 450 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL (312) 477-7674

Omm

When life gets too overwhelming, press the pause button with a floating meditation class at Exhale Gold Coast. In this class, you’ll relax in a silk hammock while an instructor guides you through poses and exercises. Classes are only thirty minutes, and you’ll leave feeling lighter, restored, and centered.

Exhale Gold Coast, 945 N State Street, Chicago, IL (312) 753-6500

Then Nom!

Don’t underestimate the stress of having to pick where your friend group is brunching this weekend. Luckily, we have you covered with our brunch finder. You can sort by neighborhood, price, and current craving. Decisions just got ten times easier.

Kirsten Ballard

Chicago Associate Food Editor

Kirsten is our Chicago Associate Food Editor & Social Bitch. From 9-5, she works at a Great Lakes nonprofit, but after hours she loves exploring Chicago, looking for dog-friendly bars and good Southern biscuits.

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