Wellness in Wanstead


Having organised a popular Wellness Week in Wanstead six months ago, Elsa Arnold is now launching Wellness Festival 2021, a month of online events to help us all through the final straight of lockdown

After the success of the well-being week I organised in October last year, I am so excited to share that we’ve got another fabulous series of online events lined up to support people’s health and well-being through the last stretch of lockdown restrictions.

From 5 April to 14 May, you can join one of our free online events as part of our Wellness Festival 2021. The aim of the festival is to highlight the importance of taking time out to care for ourselves, and promote positive health and well-being.

It can be very easy to get caught up in our very busy and fast-paced lives, so I hope that even joining us for one of our events will help you become more aware of the benefits of taking time out to look after yourself. The festival will include events which focus on both mental and physical health, as well as giving you the opportunity to gain new skills and learn new things. All of the events are being run by individuals with small businesses, many of whom are local, and we are really pleased to be supporting them.

There is a mixture of practical activities for all ages including HIIT classes, fun dance classes, yoga and mindfulness, singing workshops and lots more, as well as some insightful talks and training opportunities for you to get involved with. Among the talks and workshops we currently have lined up are presentations on managing sleep and mental health first aid training.

We are also really pleased to be welcoming Dr Audrey Tang to our series of events, who will be running a session on motivation in May. Audrey is a very experienced psychologist with a lot of very insightful and practical advice, which I am sure many of you will find useful.

You can view the full list of events and register for them online. Spaces for some events are limited, so please make sure you sign up to save your spot!

All of the events for the festival are free. However, if you do take part and are able to, we would also like to encourage you to make a voluntary donation towards the mental health charity MIND. This summer, I am taking on the National Three Peaks Challenge – when I will be attempting to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours – in aid of MIND, who provide essential advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Anything you can give will be gratefully received and appreciated, and your donation will go directly to MIND.

For Wellness Festival 2021 event listings and booking, visit wnstd.com/well21

To sponsor Elsa in her National Three Peaks Challenge, visit wnstd.com/elsa3peaks