This year the World Health Organisation’s global campaign in focused on tackling depression, encouraging people to talk about it and seek help.
As well as seeking medical help, there are some more holistic approaches you can take. Meditation and mindfulness are believed to relax and calm the brain and tackle the sources of stress and other sources of mental health problems.
According to mentalhealth.org.uk, those who’ve undertaken mindfulness have shown increased activity in the area of the brain associated with positive emotions.
Here are the best places in London where you can try to find your zen.
Lunchtime Meditation: Tribeca Studios
This is your 45-minute getaway from the buzz of the city. You’ll leave this guided energy boosting meditation class feeling refreshed and brighter, ready to take on the afternoon back in the office.
Class: £11, 17 The Mall, Ealing Broadway, W5 2PJ, tribecastudios.co.uk/studio
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Practical Meditation: Inner Space
No need to worry if you have never done meditation before because this course will teach you the technique. Explore how to relax, practise positive thinking and find your inner peace. It will also guide you to harnessing your thoughts and emotions and recharging your energy tanks.
Class: free, Inner Space, 36 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AB, innerspace.org.uk
Meditation: London Buddhist Centre
Through the two main practices at the centre, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, a meditation to develop loving and kindness, you’ll learn to focus on developing calmness and positive emotion. Classes are held Monday through Wednesday and Saturday.
Classes: free, 51 Roman Road, E2 0HU, lbc.org.uk/events/meditation/meditation-classes
Harmony & Headspace: Virgin Active
During this 30-minute meditation class you’ll learn how to be present in the moment and just to switch off for a small portion of your day. The instructor shows you breathing techniques, guiding you to connect body and mind in deep relaxation.
Membership: £140 per month, Hereford House, 64 North Row, W1K 7DA, virginactive.co.uk
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Gong Bath Meditation: The Refinery
Gong bath is an ancient sound-healing practice to ease your modern problems. The 90-minute workshop takes you through different meditating techniques first then once you lie down, the unique sounds of the musical instrument will do the rest. The tones of the gong can lead to altered state of consciousness and guide you into deep relaxation.
Class: £20, 14 Collent Street, The Basement, The Ceramic Works, London E9 6SG, therefinerye9.com