What we're about

In our fast-paced and high-tech society, stress affects everyone at various levels. Stress is necessary to keep us alert and motivated, and it remains beneficial as long as we are in the driver's seat of life. Stress becomes a problem when we struggle to keep up with what is going on.

Stress is multi-faced, with effects ranging from sleepless nights, mild irritability and anxiety, to frustration, anger, and despair. Mindfulness-based exercises will help you focus on the present moment and reduce anxiety.

This meetup will help if you want to

- Explore ways to reduce daily stress and find support
- Learn to relax with mindfulness techniques
- Get tools to empower yourself to deal with life challenges
- Improve your confidence and communication skills to get the life you want
- Meet like-minded people and leave loneliness behind

The workshops are largely discussion-based and the mood is supportive, collaborative and non-judgemental. So everyone is encouraged to share their views and is listened to.

There are also social events to learn to live fully in the present moment, with relaxing walks and pub and gig nights.

Note that you should seek medical advice if you experience chronic and severe symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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What our members say:

'It was a lovely night!' - Leah

'I had lovely afternoon...' - Siham

'A very relaxing afternoon with good company. Thanks Beatrice!' - Adam

Upcoming events (3)

Autumn Deer Spotting in Richmond Park - Walk/Hike 7 miles

Richmond Station

£7.00

Come along to explore Richmond Park and see Isabella Plantation, a beautiful garden. This is also the opportunity to encounter the famous deer. Walk length 7miles/11 km approx., circular. The ground is relatively flat, though you need to be reasonably fit and be able to walk at a normal pace. We'll stop inside the park for tea/coffee and a toilet break. At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at a pub next to Richmond station (District and Overground lines). ***WEATHER POLICY*** The walk might be cancelled the day before or shortened on the day if bad weather is forecast. BBC weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather Other unforeseen circumstances might also force us to cancel at short notice. We apologise for the inconvenience it might cause. ***WALKING POLICY*** Personal Safety: The organizer will ensure that you are comfortable during the activity (e.g. toilet break, gentle pace...). However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY and need to be fit for the walk. You should let the organizer know if you have a medical condition. You need comfortable walking shoes preferably with ankle support, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks. Please let the organizer know if you need to drop off the walk, so we know you're well. Dog Walks: We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited. By attending the event you accept our policy. My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost per person: 7 pounds with PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account. Only if the walk is cancelled your payment will be fully refunded. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may pass on your spot to someone else if you cannot attend anymore. __________ This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

An Evening Along the Thames from Pimlico to Battersea Park - Short Walk & Social

Come along for an evening walk from Pimlico station (Victoria line) to Battersea Park and Clapham Junction (trains and Overground). On the way, we'll see Battersea Power station, the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park and the beautiful Albert Bridge illuminated. Walk length 3.5 miles (5.4 km) approx. linear. Though the walk is short, you need to be fit and able to walk at a normal pace. The ending time may vary, depending on the pace and weather. THE PEACE PAGODA It was erected in 1984, following a gift from the Venerable Nichidatsu Fuji, Founder of the Japanese Buddhist movement. Following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he pledged to build pagodas worldwide as shrines to peace. (Source: timeout.com) BATTERSEA POWER STATION In fact, there are two twin power stations. The first was built in 1929 and it closed down in 1975. The second was build in 1945 and closed down in 1983. The building was listed Grade II in October 1980. Battersea power station has figured on a Beatles album, and more famously on Pink Floyds 'Animals'. An inflatable pig was launched over the station but the tethering broke and the balloon had to be shot down. We'll have drinks at The Asparagus pub at the end of the walk. The nearest station is Clapham Junction (7 min approx.) for trains to Victoria, Waterloo and Overground. There is a bus stop near the pub to catch the 345 bus to Clapham Common (Northern) or Kensington across the road. Though the area is safe at that time, I'm happy to walk with you to the station if you wish. ***WEATHER POLICY*** The walk might be cancelled the day before or shortened on the day if bad weather is forecast. BBC weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather Other unforeseen circumstances might also force us to cancel at short notice. We apologise for the inconvenience it might cause. ***WALKING POLICY*** Personal Safety: The organizer will ensure that you are comfortable during the activity (e.g. toilet break, gentle pace...). However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY and need to be fit for the walk. You should let the organizer know if you have a medical condition. You need comfortable walking shoes preferably with ankle support, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks. Please let the organizer know if you need to drop off the walk, so we know you're well. Dog Walks: We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited. By attending the event you accept our policy. My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost per person: £5 payable with PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account. Only if the walk is cancelled your payment will be fully refunded. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may pass on your spot to someone else if you cannot attend anymore. ____________ This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London __________

Epping Forest in the Autumn - Walk/Hike 7 miles (11 kms)

Manor Park

£7.00

Join us for this autumn walk/hike from Manor Park (TfL rail zone 3/4) to Wanstead (Central Line). The ground is relatively flat, though you need to walk easily at a normal pace. We shall have a short break in the middle of the walk. We shall walk through Wanstead Flats and Epping Forest (south). Walk length 7 miles/11 km approx. linear. The end time may vary, depending on pace and weather. Please not that this is a full nature walk with no conveniences on the way (eg. coffee shop with toilets). There are only trees and grassland. Only RSVP if you're happy with that. WANSTEAD FLATS Sheep used to graze there. The name of a pub, 'The Golden Fleece' in Manor Park reminds us of the lucrative wool trade in Victorian times and earlier. The area included a marshland where peat was dug for house heating. In 1880 the City of London bought 184 acres of Wanstead Park from Lord Cowley, which too became part of Epping Forest. https://www.wansteadwildlife.org.uk At the end of the walk, we'll have optional drinks at the George, opposite Wanstead station. It's large and beautiful Wetherspoon pub that reminds me of a Parisian grand cafe. ***WEATHER POLICY*** The walk might be cancelled the day before or shortened on the day if bad weather is forecast. BBC weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather Other unforeseen circumstances might also force us to cancel at short notice. We apologise for the inconvenience it might cause. ***WALKING POLICY*** Personal Safety: The organizer will ensure that you are comfortable during the activity (e.g. toilet break, gentle pace...). However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY and need to be fit for the walk. You should let the organizer know if you have a medical condition. You need comfortable walking shoes preferably with ankle support, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks. Please let the organizer know if you need to drop off the walk, so we know you're well. Dog Walks: We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited. By attending the event you accept our policy. My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost per person: £7 payable with PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account. Only if the walk is cancelled your payment will be fully refunded. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may pass on your spot to someone else if you cannot attend. _________ This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London and https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials

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