…alongside views that even Drake would be jealous of!
A workaholic, I always cram my days with chores, deadlines, happy hours, and quick brunches. In fact, I always feel so out of place with free time on my hands. The thought of nothing to do and nowhere to be not only gives me goosebumps, but also makes me extremely fidgety. Normally, I’d take that extra time to scroll through my social media–check the day’s accumulation of Snapchat stories, Instagram photos, and Facebook interactions. Recently, however, I’ve been trying to curb that habit.
As much as I want to turn a blind eye, my social media dependency isn’t always the healthiest.
Back in high school, my friends and I would go to Fort Totten Park to pass time. We’d sit on these huge rocks and stare into the water all while making short conversations, long conversations, or sometimes, no conversations at all. Sometimes, the movement of the water was enough. I’d even go there myself to de-clutter my mind after a breakup. Of course, I’d feel much better afterwards.
With social media front and center in almost every aspect of my life, I forget how important it is to just stop and appreciate nature.
Water, for one, has always given me loads of positive energy and good vibes. Being by the water can automatically de-stress and relax the brain into a more balanced and meditative state. Think of it as therapeutic downtime!
If you live in New York City, you have to check out these water vies sans social media. No excuses, we’re practically surrounded by water!
Fort Totten ParkBayside, NY
Gantry Plaza State ParkLong Island City, NY
Battery ParkNew York, NY
Okay, if you must, you can post pictures of these gorgeous views on Instagram. Your visit didn’t happen unless you uploaded evidence, amiright?
Please let me know if you have a mindful place you like to visit. I’d love to check your spot out!