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Hudson County Spots to Ground Yourself, From a Local Therapist

by Heather Rafanello
Attain Medspa
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During the next spring storm, pay attention to how nature is responding. Look to the trees, the wind, the earth. Often times, the wind is howling causing leaves to rustle and fall, all while the branches are thrust around.

People tend to be swept up in the drama of a storm, causing the true calmness of a tree to go unnoticed. Unlike its parts, the tree trunk stays solid, strong, and quiet. Rooted in the ground, while sometimes bending with the wind it is ultimately unmoved, anchored in place.

To me, as a mental health professional, staying grounded means being present-focused, or paying attention on purpose. Perhaps the cliché saying that “you cannot control the water, but you can learn to surf” has some deep life lessons to teach. Like a thunderstorm, life can be scary, chaotic, and unpredictable. It is easy to feel swept away by situations in one’s life, taken on an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs like the leaves flying around in the wind but there’s hope in knowing that one can become more like a tree, grounded and sturdy.

Some ways that our team at Growing Mindset Therapy teaches our clients to come back to the present moment is through getting creative, spending time in nature, listening to music, and by interacting with others. We’ve rounded up some local spots to help you stay grounded, pay attention on purpose, and even bloom this spring locally.

Local Spots to Get Creative:

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Reconnect With Nature, Get Some Fresh Air, or Go ‘Earthing’ at These Local Spots:

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  • Liberty State Park | 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City
  • Riverview Fisk Park has a playground for the kids, basketball courts, and amazing views of the NYC skyline | 498 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City
  • Hamilton Park | Jersey City
  • Walk Sinatra Drive | Hoboken

Live Music Spots:

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What better way to dive into the present moment than to be captivated by live music. Check out these local spots to be swept away by the sounds:

  • Fox + Crow | 594 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City
  • The Hutton | 225 Hutton Street, Jersey City
  • White Eagle Hall | 337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
  • Take Ukulele Lessons — Join Hoboken’s favorite Ukulele circle! Learn how to play with Dave Lambert every Thursday at bwè kafe | 1002 Washington Street, Hoboken

Get Out There + Mingle With the Community:



Mindful Movement:

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Photo Credit: Meghan Kramer

Mindful movement is one of our favorite ways to really tune into the present, and our bodies.

  • Rockclimbing at The Gravity Vault | 1423 Clinton Street, Hoboken
  • JCMAP’s walking tour of local Jersey City Murals
  • Join your neighbors at the ever-popular pickleball courts
  • Join the Made of Leaves Studio runners club, or its movement Monday series | 195 New York Avenue, Jersey City

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There are so many other ways to prioritize your wellness, here are some other tips:

  • Acupuncture: some of our favorite local spots are NJ Acupuncture Center in Jersey City (550 Newark Avenue Suite 201), EKAH in The Heights (7 Hutton Street), Acuworx in Downtown JC (190 Christopher Columbus Drive #3A), and Riverpoint Wellness Group in Hoboken (42 Newark Street # 203)
  • The Sage Map hosts free group Sound Bath Meditations at The Community Church | 51 Newark Suite Suite 205, Hoboken
  • The Green Room NJ CBD store | 109 14th Street + 64 Newark Street, Hoboken
  • Alivio Wellness supports patients with detoxification and education about gut health | 302 7th Street, Hoboken

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness. Our pro-tip: find a variety of ways to prioritize mindfulness that work for you and add these to your toolkit.

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