Tucson monsoon

Monsoon sunset over the cactus forest of the Saguaro National Park West, Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

Feeling bogged down by everything that still needs to be done, keeping the future mother-in-law happy and worrying you'll forget the rings?

Take a minute to step away and breathe. It's going to be ok.

Especially after you've found some peace at one of these local places.

Practice yoga

You'll forget about all of your problems, at least for an hour, while you practice yoga, since it's all about living in the moment and letting things go, as well as taking care of your body. 

YogaOasis offers Yoga Hour — an hour long flow class for all levels. It's a little rigorous, but you'll really appreciate Shavasana at the end, which is a 2-5 minute time of rest at the end of your practice. Trust us, it's amazing. 

The yoga studio also offers a restorative class which promotes relaxation. 

What: YogaHour

Where: YogaOasis (there are three locations)

When: There are several YogaHour sessions throughout the day, depending on which location you choose. 

Cost: $5 cash; $6 card

Get a massage

Calming music, a dimly lit room and a professional massage therapist can melt the stress away in the matter of an hour.

If you want a little more, try hot stone therapy or an exfoliating massage for extra soft skin.

What: Full body massage

Where: Gadabout SalonSpas. Click here for the location nearest you

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Cost: $40 to $160

Info: Click here

Enjoy the sunrise or sunset from Tumamoc Hill

After walking up Tumamoc Hill, Laura and Armando Cornidez enjoy the sunrise at the top. The couple says they've been walking Tumamoc Hill for three months. The first few times it took them 40 minutes to reach the top, they now make it in 25 minutes. Photo taken: Monday November 10, 2014

Not much beats moving your body for peace of mind. Except for maybe watching a gorgeous Tucson sunset. You can do both on Tumamoc Hill.

The road up and down the hill is paved and gains about 700 feet in elevation. The 1.5 mile trek up is a great workout, with breathtaking views of the city as your reward.

Give yourself a minute to take it all in when you get up there. Your stress will melt away.

Where: West of downtown and A Mountain, near North Silverbell and West Anklam Roads. Click here for a map.

When: You can walk anytime before 7:30 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sit by the water

A painter works next to the main pond at Agua Caliente Park.

We know. It's Tucson. But, you can enjoy the soul soothing effects of sitting by a pond and watching the turtles and birds at Agua Caliente Park. While you're there, wander the walking paths, practice your photography or painting skills or simply sit on one of the benches or the lush green grass and read a book.

What: Agua Caliente Park

Where: 12325 E. Roger Rd.

When: 7 a.m. to sunset daily

Cost: Free

Take in the view from "A" Mountain

Look what you can see from "A" Mountain: A lightning bolt touches down in the Catalina Mountains as afternoon monsoon storm cells roll through the range as seen from Sentinel Peak on July 18 in Tucson, Ariz.

Being out in nature and surrounding yourself with beauty are sure ways to feel at peace. 

Head west of downtown to "A" Mountain, park your car and wander. There's a gazebo on the west side of the mountain, which makes a nice spot to sit and take it all in. 

What: "A" Mountain or Sentinel Peak Park

Where: 1000 S. Sentinel Peak Rd.

Cost: Free

Info: Click here

Angela Pittenger | This Is Tucson