03/07/2016 12:05 EST | Updated 03/08/2016 08:59 EST

Time To Recharge! Five Amazing Examples Of Relaxation

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Quick: when was the last time you took time out for yourself that didn’t involve glancing at your phone for a work email or bringing your laptop on lunch “break?” With all this technology keeping us connected 24/7, it’s become so easy to lose yourself in the work week whirlwind.

Thankfully, the innovators of the world have been brewing up new and fresh ways to make your day more relaxing and recharged. From surrounding yourself with furry friends to completely isolating yourself in a sensory deprivation tank, here are five quirky establishments that aim to turn your ‘we’ time into much-needed ‘me’ time.

  • Puppies And Kitties And Pastries, Oh My!
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    If you’re having a ruff time with your busy schedule, perhaps you’d like to hit the paws button and indulge in some fluffy animal therapy. The concept of animal- themed cafes have been around for years in places like Japan and South Korea where patrons enjoy four-legged companionship along with a beverage during free time. Not only have studies shown that spending quality time with animals helps reduce stress, but animal cafes also provide an outlet for animal lovers who might not, for whatever reason, be able to have pets.
  • And We’ll All Float On, Alright
    Float Toronto’s sensory deprivation pods offer quite the unique experience. Dubbing their method REST Therapy (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique), guests are invited to entomb themselves in a soundproof, lightproof pod filled with body temperature water to find some peace and quiet. Though the idea of literally shutting yourself out from the outside world may be unnerving at first, being completely alone with your thoughts in these sensory deprivation spas can be an adventurous new way to meditate.
  • Finding Peace In A Pod
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    Nap pods have been around for decades in Japan, where the combination of a rising population, limited real estate, and the demand for cheap overnight accommodations birthed the ‘Capsule Hotel’ phenomenon. Initially intended for those who needed minimal amenities and maximum sleep, capsule hotels are now being more frequented by those looking to squeeze a quick power nap in a comfortable bed between work hours, which has proven to have a recharging effect not unlike a cool shower or a cup of warm tea.
  • Shiver Me Timbers (But In The Good Way)
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    Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ‘ASMR,’ is described as an involuntary tingling sensation that is triggered by a set of specific sounds that causes a relaxing effect on the listener. ASMR artists on YouTube – many armed with binaural microphones, state-of-the-art video cameras, and infectious personalities – churn out unique soundscapes for their viewing, er, listening audience. From simulated spa experiences to recordings of mundane daily activities amplified by high-quality microphones, you might find a few audial relaxers to chill you out.
  • This Isn’t Your Parents’ Rec Room
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    In a move that is both accommodating and considerate, more and more high-profile employers are opting to create the optimal relaxation space right at work. Moving away from the predictable cookie-cutter staff room format, these modern-day rec rooms are geared towards providing a chill space for workers to wind down and take a break alongside their coworkers in an interactive, colourful setting with stimulating activities and refreshments. And keeping your employees happy is also a great way to keep them around.

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