Are you one of the 83 percent of Americans who report feeling stressed about their job? Learn some valuable information and coping strategies during April, which is designated as National Stress Awareness Month.
What Is National Stress Awareness Month?
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of National Stress Awareness Month, which was founded by the Health Resource Network. This non-profit organization has a mission to educate the public about stress and effective ways to deal with it.
1. The Village Spa 8862 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester 513.755.9241 4.1 miles from Springs at West Chester
The Village bills itself as "A Total Body Retreat," and you'll begin to relax as soon as you enter the spa, which is housed in a charming historic carriage house. Curl up by the fireplace in the winter and sip a cool drink on the deck during summer. Enjoy head-to-toe pampering with hair care, waxing and tinting, facials, massages and mani-pedis.
2. FITWORKS 7060 Ridgetop Dr, West Chester 513.273.1775 3.5 miles from Springs at West Chester
It might sound surprising, but vigorous physical activity actually releases chemicals in your brain that reduce stress and leave you with an overall pleasant feeling. Whatever your exercise preference is, you'll find it at FITWORKS. Get your heart pumping in the cardio theater that features a 15-foot movie screen, take a ride in the private spinning studio or enjoy a soothing yoga session. Relax afterwards in the locker room lounge that includes a fireplace. FITWORKS is open around the clock from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
3. Kings Island 6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason 8.3 miles from Springs at Liberty Township
Do you envy the carefree attitude of children? Everyone's a kid again at Kings Island, one of the top amusement parks in the Midwest. Mystic Timbers, this year's addition to their acclaimed group of roller coasters, tops out at 109 feet high and weaves through a forest full of cliffs, ravines and water. The park opens on April 15, just in time to celebrate National Stress Awareness Day on April 16.
4. Wetlands Park 5119 Grandin Ridge Dr, Liberty Township 4.3 miles from Springs at Liberty Township
Spending time surrounded by nature is a wonderful way to gain perspective and serenity. Wetlands Park's 42 acres includes four unique ponds that are home to a wide variety of wildlife, so keep your eyes open as you travel the hiking and biking paths. Fishing is also available for anyone holding a valid state fishing license.
Do you have a favorite activity to add to the list? Tell us in the comments!