I moved states recently, which is v stressful, so some of my first QC explorations were all about self-care. Obviously, I'm not alone, a lot of us are stressed out for a bunch of reasons. According to a recent study, around 75% of Americans reported to the American Psychological Association that they've had a physical or mental symptom of stress in the last month.

This seemingly neverending pandemic hasn't helped any of this either, as more stats go on to show almost 8 out of 10 Americans are stressed out due to the coronavirus. That's affected everyone I know-my teacher friends who have been (and some returning to) virtual instruction, my friends in healthcare, and I think we've all felt a stressor from it in some way.

Work, family pressure, life situations, it can all just be a lot. We know that feeling when you've done too much and hit a proverbial brick wall.

As one who deals with anxiety often, it's great to be and feel productive but we all need a hot minute to unwind. The Sunday face mask, some form of exercise, mediation, or even just 10 minutes outdoors. I'm also a 30% better person after I have my nails and hair done (that's probably an accurate statistic, actually).

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So that's why I checked out some spots in Davenport and Bettendorf. I still have many more places to explore in the QC but here's what I found within my first week and what I tried at each spot. So if you too need to take a break, here's some suggestions right here in our area.

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