Pratt Fine Arts Center classes range from wood block printing to sculpting with metal. | Photo by @spitzattack
We all deserve to take a day to ourselves every once in a while. If you’re feeling less productive, anxious, and stressed out lately, you might need to take a mental health day.
Just like a sick day when our bodies are under the weather, taking a mental health day allows for a day of restfor ourmental well-being.
Here are some ways you can recharge and reset in Seattle.
Get some fresh air 🍃
Temperatures are (usually) mild year-round in the Puget Sound, which means going for a walk is almost always an option. Seward Park is full of winding trails that will give you that out-of-the-city feeling without needing to travel too far.
Looking for something less strenuous? Grab a book or some close friends and sit outside at a local park. During the summer, pick up some food and have a picnic — we love grabbing takeout and enjoying it at Golden Gardens.
Do something creative 🎨
Find something that inspires you or something you haven’t done before to experience creative freedom. Check out an art class from the Pratt Fine Arts Center, sign up for a writing or poetry workshop with Cascadia Poetics Lab, or take a Wine and Wheelpottery class at the Kirkland Arts Center.
Have a lazy day 💤
Sometimes all you need to feel like yourself again is a little R and R. Have an old-fashioned movie night with a rental from Scarecrow Video — then pair it with some gourmet popcorn from Cobb’s Popcorn. Or get extra cozy with a new throw blanket from Eighth Generation designed by Native artists.
Looking for additional information or resources about mental health?TheNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Seattle has a list of local resources for counseling, support groups, and crisis lines.
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Wine Tasting Class | Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 6-8 p.m. | The Melody Lynne Vineyard, 106 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland | $45 | Learn how to distinguish tasting notes and structural components of wines so you can figure out what you like best.
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Robert Burns Dinner | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 5-9 p.m. | Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St., Seattle | $100-$150 | Enjoy a curated four-course meal and Scotch tasting inspired by Scotland’s national poet.
BurlesKARAOKE | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 7 p.m. | Queer Bar, 1518 11th Ave., Seattle | $15-$200 | Sing with your very own burlesque backup dancers.
Thursday, Jan. 26
YG: “The Red Cup Tour” | Thursday, Jan. 26 | 8 p.m. | WAMU Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle | $55.50 | The California-based rapper released his latest album “I Got Issues” in September.
Friday, Jan. 27
Bandit Theater Presents: “Who is High?” | Friday, Jan. 27 | 9 p.m. | Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle | $15-$22.50 | In this improv set, audience members will have to guess which half of the comedians are under the influence.
Deliciousness: Downtown Pastry & Coffee Crawl | Friday, Jan. 27-Saturday, Jan. 28 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Pike Street Coffee, 1501 Western Ave. Ste. 300, Seattle | $55 | Get buzzed over some cool downtown shops while learning about the local history and architecture.
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Stevie Nicks’s voice will haunt Seattle this spring. The classic rock star just announced Climate Pledge Arena as a stop on her upcoming US tour on Wednesday, March 15. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. 🔮
Tune in, hockey fans. The Seattle Kraken are partnering with FOX 13 for a new team-focused show “What’s Kraken?” and a new hockey segment during “Good Day Seattle.” The show featuring interviews and giveawaysdebuts Wednesday, Feb. 8 and will run every Wednesday at 7 p.m. 🏒 (FOX 13)
The Bellevue School District may choose to consolidate three of its seven elementary schools following significant enrollment declines. The district is hosting listening sessions for families this week — the next two are today at Woodridge and Enatai schools. (Seattle Times)
Redmond was recently ranked by RentCafe as the ninth best city in the US for finding a new apartment this year. The real estate blog used data like the number of new apartments and average square footage to make its list. 🏘 (RentCafe)
Longtime West Seattle butcher and sandwich shop The Swinery has started a GoFundMe to save it from closure. The owners said they need to hire a full time person to handle more volume and strengthen their financial stability. 🍖 (West Seattle Blog)
Noticing some weird tree holes in Seward Park? Those are bird boxes the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Natural Resources team carved out of dead and dying trees for local wildlife. These woodland nooks, sometimes overlooked as debris, can be used as shelter or perches for small mammals or birds. 🐿
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Ice cream could be a good motivator for getting out of bed. | Photo by @matchamansea
Personally, we’re not huge fans of food rules that try to tell us when we can and can’t enjoy something — which is why we’re super big supporters of Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, coming up on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Here’s where you can grab a cone first thing in the morning, any time of year.
Matcha Man Ice Cream Co. | 6014 12th Ave. S. | Tuesday-Sunday | 9 a.m.-9 p.m. | Ube kidding us if you said taiyaki wouldn’t be the perfect morning pick-me-up.
Husky Deli | 4721 California Ave. SW | Daily | 7 a.m.-7 p.m. | Your non-celebrating friends can also pick up a sandwich if they want something a bit heartier.
Hello Robin | 2570 NE University Village St. and 522 19th Ave. E. | Daily | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Weekends, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.) | Ice cream sandwiches with some of the best cookies in town, anyone?
Today’s issue was written by Alina.
Editor’s pick: If I had to pick a favorite dessert, it would definitely be ice cream. I actually decided to enjoy a lovely, little mango ice cream bar I had been saving while writing the little mini article up above — you know, as inspiration.
My favorite spot to grab a treat is one that isn’t open in the morning (so it’s not really good for breakfast), but it’s so, so, soo delicious — Fainting Goat Gelato. The texture is beautiful and even the delicate flavors like rose don’t disappear when mixed with others (without also being overpoweringly floral). I’d def recommend.
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