As the holidays come to a close, labors of love such as gift shopping, frantic traveling and cooking big family dinners have finally slowed. Now the self-improvement season has begun. Our advice: Focus on taking care of yourself. Rather than becoming hysterically goal-obsessed at the dawn of 2017, strive for some well-deserved post-holiday serenity. Here's how to do it.

Float Berlin

We have drift-off

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If your worries have been wailing a little too loudly for your liking lately, nothing frees a mind from its stresses quite like the quiet of a float tank. Float Berlin lets you soothe your thoughts in the calming embrace of an ultra-relaxing water tank, followed by an equally stress-relieving spa session.
Where: Hausvogteiplatz 11, 10117 Berlin
When: Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., by appt.
More info: 030 20143797;



Social entrepreneurship with style

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Never underestimate the difference a modest choice on your part can make for other people and the planet. Virtü is a local fashion startup that invests 50 percent of its profits in community development projects.​ The cotton and alpaca wool garments are made by Latin American producers who earn 300 percent of the minimum salary in their industry, and the company employs sustainability practices aimed at reducing environmental damage at every turn.



Sauna central

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A major sauna country, Germany offers a diverse range of experiences, most of which are available at Vabali. In this 20,000-square-meter oasis, the Balinese-inspired surroundings are serene and cozy. The fine food (the kitchen specializes in Mediterreanean and Asian dishes), sublime saunas, waterbeds and relaxation room transport you to another world. Here, forgetting that you’re in the middle of the city is of little difficulty. 

Where: Seydlitzstraße 6, 10557 Berlin
When: Daily, 9 a.m.-midnight
More info: 030 9114860;


Betahaus Woodworking

A chance to create

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After far too much click-clacking on the computer, nothing revitalizes like building something in the real world. Even if you haven't picked up a piece of wood since you were a baby slobbering all over painted blocks, the woodworking class at Betahaus will help you pluck the best of your ideas from the back of your mind and fix them firmly into reality. Learn how to plan a project, measure materials and use tools like table saws and sanders. Leave with the satisfaction of having made something tangible.

Where: Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, 10969 Berlin
When: See full schedule.
More info: 030 60980927;



Dive in

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For a more understated spa experience, where poolside unwinding is the main attraction, it doesn’t get much better than Liquidrom. Its warm saltwater pool was acoustically and visually formed to create a harmonic relationship between sound and water (it's no surprise that the space often hosts music events). Whether you're seeking a watery concert or a splendid salt sauna, Liquidrom delivers.
Where: Möckernstraße 10, 10963 Berlin
When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 9 a.m.-midnight; Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
More info: 030 258007820;


Liquid Garden

For a natural high

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Liquid Garden is the smoothie king of Prenzlauer Berg. In addition to cold-pressed green juices and vegan smoothies, this cafe and delivery service offers soul-warming, vitamin-packed soups; house-made almond milk with espresso or matcha; raw sweets like brownies and energy balls; bulletproof coffee with coconut oil; and, in summer months, organic lemonade.

Where: Stargarder Straße 72, 10437 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
More info: 0176 80003378;


Zen Yoga Berlin

Mindfulness for beginners

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When ancient practices become trendy, it's easy to get caught up in the hipness and forget about their foundations. Zen Yoga Berlin skillfully breaks down yoga and meditation basics for beginners and hones the techniques of the experienced. Teachers make a point of helping you relieve anxieties and improve cognition, which really helps if you’ve posted 20 yoga selfies and need to back up your claims. 

Where: Tempelhofer Ufer 36, 10963 Berlin
When: See class schedule.
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By Jesse Van Mouwerik

Berlin-based illustrator and columnist Jesse Van Mouwerik is an avid fan of art, whisky sours and being alive. When the aliens land, he will draw them a picture.