Be mindful of your library if life is stressing you out

A mindfulness guru is leading sessions in libraries across Aberdeenshire as part of Wellbeing week.

Martin Stepek will give three talks about mindfulness from 2pm to 3:30pm on Friday, May 17 at Ellon Library and then 7pm to 8:30pm at Stonehaven Library on the same day. He will also be visiting Inverurie Library from 10:30am to 12pm on Saturday, May 18.

Cllr Anne Stirling, Aberdeenshire  Council’s Communities Committee chair, said: “I am pleased to see that Live Life Aberdeenshire is supporting Wellbeing Week. Encouraging a healthy lifestyle and improving mental health is one of the council’s key priorities and Wellbeing Week very much fits in with this. I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the events.”

Cllr Anne Simpson, Aberdeenshire Council’s Culture and Sport sub-committee, said: “If you lead a busy and perhaps stressful life you may find these events to be of great benefit as Martin will take those attending through a series of mindfulness techniques.” 

The Aberdeenshire Wellbeing Festival supports Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19 and is run through partnership organisations including Live Life Aberdeenshire and NHS Grampian.

With 160 accessible activities for all ages, abilities and interests, across more than 25 venues, there’s something for everyone.

Look out for the Wellbeing Festival brochure in libraries, and community, health and leisure centres around Aberdeenshire. Full event listings are also available at and and also lists other activities in the Live Life Aberdeenshire Performance and Events Programme.