Having issues dealing with stress lately?  You are not alone.  Here's an interesting way to relax in Kalamazoo.

A recent study from the American Psychological Association (APA) found that 78% of American adults count the pandemic as a significant source of stress while 60% feel completely overwhelmed.  The APA goes as far as stating that we're in the middle of a growing national mental health crisis.

I don't know about you, but I feel it.  Many of us in Southwest Michigan are not only feeling the economic effects.  We're also underwater emotionally.  As companies have laid off or furloughed workers, the people still employed are now doing the work of multiple people.  So, what can we do to take care of our mental health during the pandemic?

It was just a coincidence that The Zen Dens opened in Kalamazoo in February of 2020.  However, the timing for some stress relief is right on.  It's important to note that I have not been to the Zen Dens nor have I tried similar services to what they offer.  But I couldn't help to find this interesting as I too am feeling overwhelmed.

The Zen Dens offers Float Therapy, Salt Therapy and Red Light Therapy.  Their website describes Float Therapy as a type of meditation,

Unplug from the noise to heal, relax, reduce your stress, improve your sleep, replenish your magnesium, and find
your zen.

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At $70 for your first float, it does seem a little pricey, however it maybe worth every penny.  I'm anxious to check it out myself.  You can get more info on this interesting new-ish business on Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo by clicking here.

The Northwest Primary Care blog suggests taking these 5 steps to reduce stress right now:

#1 Make exercise a priority.
#2 Take a break from news and social media.
#3 Practice mindfulness like meditation.
#4 Connect virtually with loved ones.
#5 Take your physical and mental health seriously.

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