We all cope with stress in different ways. Folks with bottomless appetites use food to (at least momentarily) forget, while others take out their frustrations in the gym. Whatever you decide to do, whatever your relationship status or your unending problems at work, we found 6 places in Manila that will help you deal with the stress.
Treat yourself to some R&R
Take your next spa session to another level and head to The Third Eye Wellness. Their signature Transcend Treatments (P1,600 to P2,500) blend soothing massage therapies with unique healing sessions (think Reiki, Tarot Therapy, or even Past Life Regression). You can also choose to make your own heavenly treatment combination. Pair your spiritual detox with some hand and foot pampering: trust us when we say the Nirvana (P1,200) does what its name promises.
The Third Eye Wellness is at 6/F Jecoprime Building, 20th Drive Corporate Center, 20th Drive, McKinley Business Park, Bonifacio Global City (808-2984, 0917-636-2800). For more information, log on to The Third Eye Wellness' website.
Punch out your frustrations
Need to blow off some steam? Empire Boxing has friendly and accommodating staff that welcome even the most hesitant boxing newbie. Shell out an annual membership fee of P1,200 (or just P100 a month), which entitles you to one-on-ones with trainers, access to gym facilities, as well as four free boxing or three free Muay Thai sessions. Their branches in Makati, McKinley, and Fairview are open 24 hours, too!
If it's a quiet and unassuming ambience you're after, head to Book & Borders Cafe. This bookworm's sanctuary has everything you need to de-stress, from plush and inviting seats to warm reading lights and of course, shelves upon shelves of good reads. Sip a latte and immerse yourself for hours. No one will judge you!
Book & Borders Cafe has branches at 281 Tomas Morato, Diliman, Quezon City; and Unit RC-RCM Bulding 5, Tuscany, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.
Challenge yourself at the gym
Legally Blonde knew what it was talking about when Elle Woods said, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." The best (and most productive) way to let out your frustrations is to hit the gym. 360 Fitness Club's new Heart Rate Training System is a cardio strength interval class that will challenge you to push yourself and make the most of your workout. You don't need to be a fitness expert to join in, and best of all, you're burning calories up to 24 hours...even after your workout!
Even target practice rookies are welcome at Commander Shooting Range, a PNP-accredited indoor gun range that has all the required amenities and safety procedures. If you're new to the whole experience, don't worry! A certified range officer will assist you at all times, and everyone will be given basic pointers before taking on the gun range. The area also has a cafe and gun shop.
Commander Shooting Range is at No. 6 12th Avenue, Murphy Cubao, Quezon City (709-4076). For more information, log on to Commander Shooting Range's Facebook page.
Have a short getaway
You don't need to travel far to treat yourself. For a quick getaway in the bustling city, check in to B Hotel in Quezon City, where you can unwind in their spacious rooms that feature a sleek and modern aesthetic. Have your fill of juicy, grilled steaks at Johnny's Steak and Grill downstairs or take a dip in their outdoor infinity pool that boasts a gorgeous view of the city.
B Hotel is at 14 Scout Rallos Street, Barangay Laging Handa, South Triangle, Quezon City (771-8181). For more information, log on to B Hotel's website.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. See the rest of this list there.
* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.