The modern world encourages us to live life at a faster pace. We work harder and longer, determined to push ourselves further to make the money we need to keep up with the Joneses. No wonder rates of stress, anxiety, and depression are on the rise! Finding relief in external aids like drugs, alcohol, sex, and food may feel good for the moment, but these choices can create unhealthy habits. Looking inwards and practicing self-care is a much better way to cope with the pressures of contemporary life.

If you can't remember the last time you took a vacation, a trip away is long overdue. Set your sights on La Mesa, California, the perfect place to recharge your batteries and practice self-care.

Check in to a Top Hotel

Vacationing for self-care calls for pampering yourself. Forget about the budget hotels and choose more luxurious accommodation in La Mesa. These hotels have premium beds, so you'll get the sleep you need to really recharge. The staff will also take care of the essentials so you can focus on your self-care routine.

Connect With Nature at Mt. Helix Park

Everything seems to slow down when you're spending time outdoors. Switch off your phone, or better yet leave it in your hotel, and set off for Mt. Helix Park, La Mesa's outdoor playground. Known as the Crown of the East County, this beautiful spot boasts a historic amphitheater, hiking trail, and 360-degree hilltop views. Take your time exploring and drinking it all in.

Relax on the Water

Around 70 percent of the human body is made of water. We were surrounded by it before our birth. Now being around water tends to calm us, connecting us to time in the womb and our own bodies. That's why spending time boating is such an effective self-care activity. Local tour companies offer whale watching and deep-sea fishing tours. If you'd prefer spending time on your own, hire a boat and take a solo sail around Lake Murray.

Spend Time at the Nataraja Yoga and Meditation Center

People have known the importance of meditation for self-care for centuries. In the modern world, we're rediscovering how effectively meditation can help you calm your mind, de-stress, and stay focused on what matters most. Yoga is another great self-care activity that makes you physically and mentally stronger. You can practice both at Nataraja Yoga and Meditation Center, less than nine miles from La Mesa.

Acclaimed meditation master and founder of The Vogel Institute Erhard Vogel personally teaches classes, lectures, and workshops at the Nataraja Yoga and Meditation Center. The center also hosts special events and sells self-help books so you can continue your self-care journey when you return home. All Nataraja Yoga and Meditation Center sessions welcome experienced meditation and yoga practitioners and newcomers alike to both of these disciplines.

La Mesa is the perfect place to get away from the stresses of your everyday life and focus on self-care. Spend at least a weekend away to really improve your outlook and boost your mood.

Published by Mohsin Ahsan