7 Stress relieving activities you never knew you could do at the CBD

The Central Business District (affectionately known to its dwellers as the CBD) is famously known for work, work and work.

Getting stressed is nothing foreign, but what’s important is how you deal with it. Stress-relieving activities might seem an improbable task in a district full of office towers, but we’ve got you covered with a couple of places you never knew existed at the CBD, or nearby. So here are 7 quirky, stress relieving activities you can fit in during your lunch break.

1. Get lost between the pages of your next literary adventure.

These quirky bookstores not only have a quaint, calming feel to their interiors, but they’re stocked to the top shelf with books that’ll transport you to another world, leaving all the stresses of this one behind.

BooksActually is a quirky little store that has 3 resident cats for you to read to as you browse their large collection of books. Littered with Books is another such bookstore with rare literary finds that you can’t get at your regular Popular bookstores.

BooksActually, 9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645
Littered with Books, 20 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089486

2. Have fun with some furry friends.

Feel the stress melt away with cats at a cat cafe. You’ll have a ball of a time watching the kitties scurry after toys. Also, a cat’s purr is scientifically proven to relieve stress because of its low pitch purrs that rumble between the frequency range of 20-140 Hz.

Not only are they stress relieving, there are 8 other scientifically-proven benefits to playing with a cat.

TheCatCafe, 241B Victoria Street, Level 3, Singapore 188030
Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa, 54A Boat Quay, Level 2, Singapore 049843
Meomi Cat Café, 668 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188801
The Cat Museum, 8 Purvis St #02-02, Singapore 188587 (Ceases operations on 10th June 2018)

3. Sip tea in the same chair the queen did.

In 1989, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip patronised the Tea Chapter during their visit to Singapore. Get to experience Tea Chapter’s loose-leaf teas prepared the traditional way. The teas are aromatic and calming, a great way to de-stress. They’ve got a wide assortment of teas sold as well in the adjoining shop.

Tea Chapter, 9 & 11 Neil Road, Singapore 088808

4. Get a backrub or a foot rub.

You can get a quick 30-minute massage at Chop! Chop! Massage Express to rub out that ache in your shoulder for being hunched in front of the computer the whole day, or that pain in your bottom from sitting in your office chair for hours.

Chop! Chop! Massage Express, Marina Bay Link Mall, #B2-73/74, Singapore 048622

5. Lose yourself in the magic of a musical box museum.

Get lost in the rich history of these enormous musical boxes and how Singapore played a huge role in their history at the Singapore Musical Box Museum. These magical music boxes will tinkle and pull your heartstrings in an emotional wave of nostalgic, magic and childishness and the stress from the work that has been mounting on your desk can soon be forgotten.

Singapore Musical Box Museum, 168 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068619

6. Soak up this incredible view.

The Pinnacle@Duxton is a 50-storey HDB (Housing Development Board) complex with an amazing view. At just $6 you can gain access to a panoramic view of the skyscrapers that outline Singapore’s sky. Soak up the breathtaking view at a sky garden and leave the stresses of work behind.

Pinnacle@Duxton, 1 Cantonment Road, 080001

7. Chill out at your apartment.

If you live close by, why not head back for a quick nap or a homemade lunch? Take a break from the busyness of work and sit back to enjoy the comforts of your home. View serviced apartments in Singapore conveniently located close to the CBD area over here.