The world we live shows no signs of slowing down. By the time we have come home from work; collected the children from school; cooked our evening meal; taken the children to extra curricula activities; got them ready for bed; tidied the house; replied to emails; we look at the clock and the day has gone.

Research has discovered that over 5 million people in the UK suffer from stress, depression or anxiety. Scientists and Psychologist agree that music can be used as a tool to improve mental health. Research has shown that slow music can be a tool to reduce stress, depression and anxiety. When we listen to music the brain releases hormones that effect our emotional response. Such hormones as dopamine and serotonin have been linked to reducing levels of stress, depression and anxiety.

Another tool to help improve mental health is to take time out. It can be very hard to find time to simply sit and be still. But finding a place to take a step back and slow down can be very beneficial to us. Psychologists such as Sherrie Bourg Carter suggest that each of us should give ourselves ‘me’ time. She suggests each of us should mark a set time to think and relax, even if it is 15 minutes a week. This allows us to think deeply about the problems we are facing because we are not distracted by others around us. If we do not spend time doing this our problems may keep piling up one after another until we become mentally overloaded.

If you would like a place of peace, the Oaks Community Church (4 Lea Road, Dronfield) are open every Wednesday between 7:30pm and 9:00pm.

All are welcome.