As a recent New Yorker who just moved from the midwest (St Louis), how do people incorporate nature or relaxation into their daily lives.
Dear Victor, there's the Nature Channel, too much good wine and, of course, a late afternoon romp in the sack.... (more below)
But seriously, this is actually we asked ourselves years ago when we were starting our first job in NYC and we're really stressed out. When we asked our colleagues we got blank stares. It was sort of amazing.
What do we do now? Regular exercise is essential (we do the ashtanga yoga), as is getting out into nature, whether its a park, a house in the country or a walk down to the Battery to look at the ships.
Then there is the home. We find that many overworked New Yorkers neglect their homes and this contributes to their stress. So much of the stress you feel comes from overstimulation from people, work, noise, smells, cold, heat, concrete....
To get away from this daily, you need to have a good home base. We like to cook, clean and relax at home and the more we do it, the better it becomes. We like to make it nicer and be busy around the house - even though it's tiny. We find this very relaxing. When we stay at home night after night and cook and get in bed early we feel so good we wonder why don't do it more often. Anyone else?