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 (2)

River Walk from Battersea Park to Putney Bridge - 7 miles/11.2 km

Clapham Common Underground Station

£5.50

Join us for a stroll to Battersea Park and along the river to Putney Bridge. We shall walk from Clapham Common Station (Northern line) and visit Battersea Park before following the river and ending to Putney Bridge (District line). At the end, we shall have optional drinks by the river at the Rocket.

Walk length is 7 miles/11.2 km approx., linear. This is a relaxed walk, though you need to be able to walk at a normal pace. The end time may be earlier or later in function of the weather and pace.

SUB-TROPICAL GARDENS
In the age of Darwin and exploration of the natural world, weird and colourful exotic plants became a must-have and in 1863, Battersea sub-tropical gardens were created. John Gibson, Battersea Park's first superintendent had been sent earlier to India in 1835 by the Duke of Devonshire who wanted wild orchids.

The gardens were destroyed during WW2, to provide allotments to feed the population. In 2004, a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund helped restore the gardens to their former glory. Plants are covered with fleece and straw, and flowers kept in greenhouses during the winter. https://www.batterseapark.org

The area, once filled with disused workshops and run-down estates has been recently redeveloped. Still, we can easily grasp the Victorian Past.

At the end of the walk, we may have optional drinks at the Rocket, near Putney Bridge Station.

Comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended.

***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 - There are now two ways of paying:

1 - £ 5.50 with PayPal (PayPal fee included) You don't need a PayPal account. Refund is only given if the event is cancelled. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may give your spot to someone else.

2 - £ 5 payable cash on the day and before the walk starts. Please, write "I'm coming" on the event page and I'll add you to the list.

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This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common, Windmill and Woodland - Walk/Hike 7 miles

Come along for a walk through Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common. We shall walk from Putney Rail Station and finish at Wimbledon Rail Station (District line). From East Putney Station (District line), exit right and walk to Putney Station at approximately 6 minutes.

Walk length 7 miles/11km approx., Linear. The end time may be earlier or later, depending on the pace and weather.

The ground is relatively flat with some gentle slopes. You need to be reasonably fit and be able to walk at a normal pace.

Wimbledon Common is the setting for The Wombles, pointy-nosed and furry creatures created by Elisabeth Beresford and appearing in a series of children's novels between 1968 and 1976. Songs were also made on the theme, and a British Pop band named themselves 'The Wombles'.

The Womble motto is "Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish". This environmentally-friendly message was a reflection of the growing environmental movement of the 1970s. (Source: Wikipedia)

In the 16th century, the inhabitants of Wimbledon were practising archery on the common. Two centuries later, the common was a favoured spot for highwaymen and duellists.

We shall visit Wimbledon Windmill on the common (end March to end October only). This well-preserved mill is now a museum run by volunteers. The entrance is free though they welcome donations.

The building dates from 1817 and was created to serve local people who were still growing their own wheat. In 1864 the mill ceased working and became accommodation for six families. One room is preserved as it would have appeared in 1870. (Source: Wimbledon Windmill Museum)

At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at the Wibbas Down Inn pub, 8 min. from Wimbledon Station (District line and trains to Clapham Junction, Victoria and Waterloo).

***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 - There are now two ways of paying:

1 - £ 5.50 with PayPal (PayPal fee included) You don't need a PayPal account. Refund is only given if the event is cancelled. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may give your spot to someone else.

2 - £ 5 payable cash on the day and before the walk starts. Please, write "I'm coming" on the event page and I'll add you to the list.

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This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

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