With the craziness of school and internships, it is important to remember to take care of yourself. It’s crucial to take breaks from studying, completing assignments, and even applying to internships or jobs. Work and school can often get extremely overwhelming, and taking a small break can be so beneficial to both your mental and physical health. The PR and advertising industry is especially fast-paced, so it is crucial to take a second to relax and reflect. There are many ways to escape from stress and take a little break in Fort Worth, Texas. The top places and activities that I enjoy in Fort Worth are the Trinity Trails, Trailhead Farmers Market, Fort Worth Botanical Garden, taking a goat yoga class, and visiting The Shops at Clearfork.
1. Trinity Trails
With over 100 miles of Trinity Trails, there is something for everyone! Along the trail, you can find murals, places to launch a kayak or paddleboard, spots for fishing, bike paths, and 21 parks along the trail. At Backwoods Paddlesports, which partners with Panther Island Rentals, you can reserve paddle boards, canoes and kayaks that you can then use to explore the river. Taking a long walk or run is a great way to take a break from everyday stressors and clear your mind. Along your walk, you can admire murals and then stop at a few restaurants for a quick drink or grab dinner. Some restaurants along the trinity include HG Supply Co., Ascension Coffee, Press Cafe, and Woodshed Smokehouse. With the great views and miles of tranquility, the Trinity Trails are the best place to take a break and get some fresh air.
2. Trailhead Farmers Market
There is nothing better than supporting local businesses -- especially with a coffee or beer in hand. The Trailhead Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon, and features over 25 local farmers, ranchers and artisan vendors. The Beignet Bus, featuring coffee and delicious beignets, is a favorite of mine. With the view of the Clearfork Trinity River, live music, and phenomenal vendors, I could not think of a better Saturday morning. Checkout @TheClearforkFarmersMarket on Instagram for special events and the most up to date information.
3. Fort Worth Botanical Garden
If you need a little escape from the city and a break from everyday life, the Fort Worth Botanical Garden is the place to go! The garden features over 2,500 species of plants and is known for its beautiful tropical, rose, and Japanese gardens. The moment that you step into the garden, you will feel like you’re transported elsewhere. The garden is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and you can purchase tickets and view the upcoming special events here.
4. Goat Yoga
Yoga is one of the best ways to reduce stress, so why not add some cute animals to the mix? Goat Yoga is becoming widely popular, and it’s a great way to get outdoors and have some fun! While the goats play and jump all over you, you can practice your favorite breathing exercises and yoga poses. Check out Soul Sweat Hot Yoga on Camp Bowie Boulevard to see when they have upcoming classes.
5. The Shops at Clearfork
If retail therapy is more up your alley than spending time outdoors, this one's for you! The Shops at Clearfork feature some great restaurants, department stores, boutiques, and even a movie theatre and bowling alley. Some of the shops include Tiffany + Co., Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, and Tory Burch. After all of your shopping, you’ll want to grab dinner at a restaurant like Doc. B’s, Mesero, CRÚ Food + Wine Bar, or rise nº3. After dinner, finish off your day of shopping with either a movie at the cinema or the most delicious gelato from Amorino Gelato.
Recognizing the Importance in Setting Boundaries and taking Breaks
Setting boundaries and taking breaks is crucial for so many reasons. It is so important to take care of yourself, as in the long run you will be more productive and happier overall. A little change of scenery can be so beneficial and will likely brighten up your day. So, remember to take a break and check out the best spots in Fort Worth!
Amanda Dickman is a junior studying Strategic Communication and Business at Texas Christian University. Amanda is a social media manager at Roxo, TCU’s student-run advertising and PR agency, and enjoys creating meaningful relationships between a brand and its audience. In her free time, you can find Amanda at the beach with friends, finding new places to eat in Fort Worth, listening to live music, or studying at a coffee shop. Amanda enjoys traveling and is always looking for new places to explore!