Fitness & Health

Coping With the Stresses of Working in the Big Apple

April 13, 2023 | BTSNYC
People crossing the street on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York City - Behind the Scenes NYC

Are you having a hard time balancing your daily life? It’s pretty hard if you’re working in the Big Apple day in, day out! So, let us give you some tips!

People crossing the street on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York City - Behind the Scenes NYC

Working in the Big Apple, like doing pretty much anything else in the City, can be a lot more intense than doing it elsewhere.

You’re usually working in more competitive environments, dealing with tougher commutes, working longer hours, and getting less time at home.

For some people, it can be the perfect environment to get the very best out of their potential, but it can come with a lot of stress.

Here, we’re going to look at steps you can take to address it. Working in the Big Apple might just get a little bit easier now!

Master the commute

If you’re driving in the city, you really need to prioritize your parking. There are apps that can help you find the most available and cost-effective parking options near your workplace.

But, you might also want to consider opting for other kinds of transportation, given how bad traffic can be.

Relying on public transportation a little more often can take away the stress of driving as well as help you find a better commute. There are pros and cons for both, so be sure to evaluate them and figure out what works best for you.

New York is known for its subway system – which get you pretty much anywhere. So, you might want to let you car in the garage a few times a week.

Be surrounded by like-minded people

Sometimes, the pressure of feeling like you’re in it alone can get to you.

When that happens, you have to look at your surroundings and look at your peers and make sure that you have those who can identify with your struggles, your goals, and offer you the support that you need.

Coworking and social spots like the Freehold – that we enjoy so much – can be not only great places to get some work done, but can be excellent places to meet and share a drink with those who can become fellow travelers on the road of the hustle in future.

The city is all full of other activities to find your “peeps” – from hot yoga, pilates and running, to painting and cooking classes. It’s easier to find like-minded people in environments you love since it’s an easy way to start a conversation with someone new!

Take some time to relax

It might sound easier said than done, with deadlines and pressure on all sides, but you have to be able to find the time to center yourself and find a bit of peace and calm.

If you can schedule a little time every day for some mindfulness meditation, and even a little something from CBDistillery, to help calm you in the middle of a busy and demanding day.

Scheduling it in advance allows you to make sure that you don’t end up pencilling in anything there that might clash with it and stop you from getting that all-important relaxation time.

Also, another great way is exploring places with meditation classes in town to relax! Take a look at Inscape, for example!

This beautiful community space offers not only meditation and relaxation classes, but also mind opening events and a great store! You can browse and find some of the best modern wellness products.

Get some more movement in your routine

Exercise is by far one of the best things when it comes to dealing with stress.You can work out all the tension in the body and the rush of endorphins can be a huge mood booster.

Slot in some gym time before you get home, find some exercises to do at your desk, or get a little more movement into your commute, be it by walking, biking, or otherwise.

It can help you feel refreshed, be it at the beginning of the workday, so you can get more done, or at the end, so that you can really relax when you get home.


Working in NYC isn’t easy, but it can be worth it. Just make sure that you take the time to address those stresses, or they can and will overwhelm you.

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