Tea & sympathy at the listening cafe

Imagine a place you can take your stress – and leave it behind. The rise in popularity of special after-hours sessions in mainstream cafes is proving how good it feels to talk, says Laura Day.

Community cafes that help groups of like-minded people to connect are on the rise. But one, in particular, is embracing the simple notion that talking can reduce stress. We’ve all felt the cathartic effects of meeting a friend for a cuppa and a chat. Between catching up on each other’s lives, you might use the time to share your worries – maybe it’s stress at work, relationships or money problems that call for a listening ear and some much needed advice.

But what if you’re dealing with a general feeling of anxiety or you’re just having a bad week? What if friends or family are the source of your worries? Or if ‘it’ is nothing in particular, or everything all at once, and you don’t want to be a burden? Or maybe you just feel you have no one to turn to.

This is where Frazzled Cafe, a charity founded by mental health campaigner and comedian, Ruby Wax, could help.

This feature originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of Healthy Food Guide Magazine
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