It’s over. I did it.
What did I do? I raised some money for the mental health charity Mind. I did something active every day, and felt good physically and mentally as a result. I reflected on my own mental health, and learned things about myself. I had many conversations about why I was doing this strange thing – which prompted discussion about mental health matters. And that’s the important thing.
The reason RED January appealed to me was a concern about increasing levels of mental illness. I have seen the debilitating effects of mental health conditions and disorders on people who are close to me; friends, family, work colleagues and, most worrying of all, children I have worked with. It’s often still a taboo, stigmatised subject – although things are improving. And that’s why events like RED January are so important.
If you would like more information on RED January, follow the link: https://www.mind.org.uk/redjanuary
As RED January ends, I feel a little lost.What do I do now?
Today, February 1st, I’m having a snow day. I walked The dog, which was fun, and then sat down with a hot chocolate. Suddenly, I felt tired, lethargic and hungry. Really hungry – for comfort food.
But RED January has taught me something – I got straight back up and put on an exercise video. Forty five minutes prancing about in my living room, and I’m energised again.
So I guess RED January isn’t just for January – it’s a habit I should try to cultivate all year round.