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Decompress and de-stress with these five regional activites

Everybody buckles down and tries to push through the day, but there’s always time to take a break and decompress. Stress is on the rise, and if you don’t take a moment to appreciate the little things, it only leads to burnout. Here are some little things that you can do to take a break from the work day.

Eaton Rapids Outdoor Recreation Center

Take a trip through the rapids at Mill Pointe Park. The Rapids Project, a community-based investment, removed a low-head sanitation dam and replaced it with a series of nature rack weirs with fish and kayak passage lanes. This natural beauty fills the area with the sights and sounds of bubbling water only Mother Nature can provide. Visit cityofeatonrapids.com/visit/parks-recreation.

Park Lake Creamery

The gourmet chocolate, ice-cream and coffee shop is nestled on a quiet lake in Bath Township. Everything served is made from scratch and from simple ingredients. The lake is peaceful and charming and provides the perfect setting for the dessert shop experience. While there, you can rent a kayak, canoe or standup board. Visit parklakecreamery.com.

Laylin Park in Mason

There is plenty of room to walk in Laylin Park, a 7.2-acre space on the east side of the city. The park has a unique resource of two stocked fishing ponds with fishing docks. Fishing is available on a catch-and- release basis. The park is used predominantly for small-group and family picnics and has a shelter with restrooms, picnic tables, grills and playground equipment. Visit mason.mi.us.

Shop Old Town and REO Town

Lansing has two unique shopping districts in Old Town and REO Town that offer store and boutique options for whatever you may be seeking. Whether you’re on a specific purchase mission or simply window shopping for the next idea, the region has what you need. You can even cast a wider net in other shopping districts in the region. Visit lansing.org/things-to-do/shopping/downtown-shopping-districts/.

Charlotte Bluegrass Festival

Music sooths the soul, and Michigan’s premier bluegrass festival will celebrate 51 years of bluegrass tradition June 22-24. The Charlotte Bluegrass Festival presents a week of camping, jamming, workshops and three big days of top-tier bluegrass entertainment with some of the biggest names in bluegrass. Visit charlottebluegrassfestival.com for all the details.

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