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 (5)

Nature Walk/Hike Hidden Colne Valley and the Grand Union Canal to Uxbridge, 8 mi

Join us for a walk through the Colne Valley nature reserve and alongside the Grand Union Canal to Uxbridge. The main canal line starts in London and ends in Birmingham, stretching for 137 miles (220 km) with 166 locks. Walk length 8 miles (13 km) approx., linear. The ground is flat, though you must be able to walk easily at a normal pace. The end time may vary, depending on the pace and weather. There will be a stop midway at the General Eliott pub near the canal for a toilet break and quick drink. THE GRAND UNION CANAL, as it is today, was formed in 1929 from linking several canals together. From 1857 to 1927, the original company Regent's Canal acquired the Hertford Union Canal, the Warwick and Birmingham Canal, the Old Grand Union Canal and the Junction Canal. The network was further expanded in the early twentieth century when the Grand Union company was formed. This consolidation and modernisation of network was part of an effort to face the growing competition from the railways. Several rivers (Colne, Fray...) are also part of the waterways in Uxbridge and there are some pretty river views to photograph. We start the walk from West Drayton Station (zone 6 for Oyster), West London near Heathrow and finish in Uxbridge, the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Hillingdon, fifteen miles (24.1 km) west-northwest of Charing Cross. It has been a significant commercial centre from an early age and some historical events took place there. From London Paddington Station, the 13:15 pm GWR train to Didcot Parkway, platform 3, stops at Ealing Broadway, platform 3, 13:23 pm, and arrives at West Drayton Station 13:37 pm. The time is accurate at the time of printing. Please check train and time before you travel. https://www.traintime.uk At the end of the walk, we'll stop for optional drinks at The Good Yarn, a pub next to Uxbridge Station. Comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/20970392/Weather_Policy/)-Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/21683392/Walking_Policy/) My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day This walk is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

Crystal Palace Park, Museum and Dinosaurs, some History and Walk to Forest Hill

Crystal Palace Overground Station

£3.00

Join us for a stroll in Crystal Palace Park, famous for its now lost Palace. Walk length 4miles/6.4 km approx. linear. This walk finishes at Forest Hill (Overground). The end time may vary, depending on the weather and pace. The ground is undulated with some gentle slopes. The pace is relaxed, though you need to be able to walk easily. CRYSTAL PALACE MUSEUM We shall start with a visit to the small Crystal Palace Museum near the park. No one else could give you a better picture of what the palace looked like. There are photos, memorabilia and objects that survived the fire. It's run by volunteers and they welcome donations to help keep this fascinating museum open. CRYSTAL PALACE SITE A glass and iron structure, Crystal Palace was primarily built in 1851 for the Great Exhibition which was held in Hyde Park, London. The palace reflected Victorian industrial and technological achievements. The project of an exhibition was initiated by Prince Albert who was head of the Society of Arts. The palace was expensive to maintain and faced financial hardship. It was declared bankrupt in 1911, neglected and eventually burnt to the ground in 1936. The site was used in the 1970s for car racing. DINOSAURS Crystal Palace and its surrounding grounds were aimed at both entertaining and educating visitors. The growing interest in natural history with the discovery of dinosaur fossils thirty years earlier inspired the creation of dinosaur sculptures. Though contemporary science debates their accuracy, these dinosaurs still fascinate. They are now Grade I listed. We shall walk through Sydenham Wells Park to Forest Hill where this walk finishes. At the end of the walk, we'll use the Capitol pub near Forest Hill station for optional drinks and socialising. The Capitol is a former cinema and later bingo, beautiful and very affordable. Comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/20970392/Weather_Policy/) -Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/21683392/Walking_Policy/) My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost: £3 payable cash on the day. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London ____________ SOCIAL MEDIA Join me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Follow me on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001

Bluebells and Deer in Richmond Park - Walk/Hike 7 miles

Richmond Station

£4.00

Come along to explore Richmond Park and see bluebells in 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). Comfortable walking shoes, preferably with ankle support, and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/20970392/Weather_Policy/) - Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/21683392/Walking_Policy/) My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day. __________ SOCIAL MEDIA http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001 http://www.beatricesetze.com

River Walk from Kew Gardens to Putney Bridge and Battersea Park - 6 or 8 miles

Join us for this classic river stroll from Kew Gardens to Putney with the option to carry on to Battersea Park. We'll walk from Kew Gardens Station (District line, Overground) to Putney Bridge. There will be a stop there at the Rocket, a riverside pub, for a quick drink and toilet break. We'll then walk to Battersea Park and visit the tropical gardens. The walk finishes at the Asparagus, near Clapham Junction station. Walk length is 6 miles/9.5km approx., linear. form Kew Gardens to Putney Bridge or 8 miles/13 km approx. to Battersea. 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. On our way, we'll see the following: MORTLAKE BREWERY Built on the site of two former smaller breweries in 1869, this eight-storey high brewery closed in 2015. It belonged to Courage and was sold, shortly before its closure. In the 1960s, Mortlake Brewery employed around 1,400 people. There are now proposals for the redevelopment of the Mortlake Brewery site, strongly opposed by local residents and small businesses They formed the Mortlake Brewery Community Group (MBCG) https://www.mbcg.org.uk LEG O' MUTTON (LONSDALE ROAD RESERVOIR) Built in 1838 for Thames Water, this reservoir provided water locally until 1960 and became disused. Housing was planned on the site, but local residents fiercely opposed it. The Council purchased the site in 1970 and it became a local Nature Reserve in 1990, now Grade 1 importance for nature conservation. http://www.barnes-ca.org/leg-o-mutton-reservoir/ At the end of the walk, we'll have optional drinks at The Asparagus, near Clapham Junction station (8 min. walk approx.), bus 345 (2 min. walk) takes you to Clapham Common Underground (Northern) or South Kensington (District, Piccadilly). BATTERSEA PARK 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 If you wish to drop off in Putney, the Rocket pub is near East Putney station (District line, 6 min. walk), bus 337 from East Putney to Clapham Junction Station. At the end of the walk, we'll have optional drinks at The Asparagus, near Clapham Junction station (8 min. walk approx.), bus 345 (2 min. walk) takes you to Clapham Common Underground (Northern) or South Kensington (District, Piccadilly). Comfortable walking shoes with ankle protection and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/20970392/Weather_Policy/)-Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/21683392/Walking_Policy/) My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London and https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials ------------------------------ SOCIAL MEDIA Join me Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/beatricesetze Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001 LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze http://www.beatricesetze.com

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