Self-Care in the City

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of the city. In fact, as Detroiters, the act of hustling is pretty much embedded in our DNA.  However, as we continue to grind, it’s important to also make time for self-care.

As a self-proclaimed hustler, I’ve found I can work seven days a week for fourteen days straight before I start to feel some burn out. At that point, I know it’s time to take a step back and take a break. With that said, here is a list of my favorite self-care activities in the city.

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Walk the Riverwalk.

On a nice day, one of my favorite self-care activities is to wake up on a Sunday morning, grab coffee to go at one of my favorite coffee shops downtown and walk the Riverwalk. Despite its lively alter-ego, I find Sunday mornings on the Riverwalk to be serene and peaceful. The water is typically calm and foot-traffic lite. Sometimes I’ll stop to relax on the steps outside of the Ren Cen and other times I’ll walk to the Dequindre Cut to check out some of the graffiti art.

Read a book in one of the public parks.

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Detroit is full of some amazing public parks. From the well-known Campus Martius Park all the way over to the East Side’s Chandler Park, there are a lot to choose from! My current favorite is Capitol Park, located just a block away from Woodward Avenue downtown. I love picking up a good book and heading to read and relax while simultaneously watching the hustle and bustle of everyone around me.

Make an appointment with Skin Bar VII.

Self-care comes in many different forms. On days I’m feeling like a little extra TLC, I love booking a facial appointment at Skin Bar VII, which is located on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion. Aside from an assortment of facials, Skin Bar VII also offers acupuncture, cupping, IV hydration, and massages.

Visit the Detroit Yoga Lab.

I find that there is no better way to relieve stress and tension than yoga. The Detroit Yoga Lab offers classes for people of all experience levels. They focus on bettering your mind while also bettering your body and offer a wide variety of classes that cater to whatever you feel your body needs.

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In Detroit, surviving and hustling go hand in hand. In a lot of instances, there is no other option than to learn how to hustle, and that makes our city unique. As a Detroiter, I’m proud to be a hustler, but as much as I love it, I know it is equally important to take care of ourselves. Whether you can give it all for a week straight, or a month, next time you are feeling a little burnt out, take a day to step back, relax and recoup.


Anna Robb is a photographer and content creator for Rock Ventures and Opportunity Detroit. Check out Anna Robb on Instagram at @AnnaRobbxo. 

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