After failing to walk across Spain earlier this year I abandoned my blog and deleted 5 posts that I had scheduled to come out. It’s pretty fair to say I was disappointed. Fast forward four months and I’ve just signed up to #REDJanuary for Mind – The Mental Health Charity.
What is it?
R.E.D January stands for Run Every Day January – Luckily for me there are no rules and you can run, walk, swim, or do some other form of exercise. The aim is to be active everyday throughout January to help raise vital funds for Mind Charity while also helping yourself to feel good.
I will walk everyday for the 31 days of January with the aim of raising £100 for Mind Mental Health Charity. While I don’t want to set a daily target, I hope to walk a minimum of 100 miles over the course of the month and will use the Strava App to record this.
Why haven’t I set a daily target?
As you already know, I struggle with my own mental health. I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and struggle with anxiety and depression associated with that. While in France recently I did a lot of walking which reminded me of the benefits to my own well-being of actually getting outside and getting some exercise. I even made a video explaining that when I get home I want to carry on walking everyday. You can find that video at the bottom of this post. (Video no longer available)
But guess what – I’ve been home for around three weeks and have only been out for a walk once. Anxiety has already crept back and I’m now at a stage where leaving the house alone is a challenge again. When I stumbled on a post about Red January on twitter two days ago it sounded like the perfect excuse to get back out and so I signed up straight away. At the back of my mind though I was worrying, “what if I’m too anxious to go out one day?”
So I decided not to give myself a daily target, but to make sure that even if I’m having a bad day I will at the very least walk for 5 minutes. If I’m still not feeling well after 5 minutes of walking I can go home, although what will probably happen is that after being out for 5 minutes I will realise there was nothing to worry about and will carry on walking! That’s the plan anyway…
How can you help?
Now comes the bit where I ask you to part with your hard earned cash!
It would really mean a lot to me if I can reach my target of £100 in order to help Mind Mental Health Charity continue their great work of campaigning for, and offering assistance to people suffering with their mental health. If I can beat my target all the better!
If you can afford to spare a few quid, or even £1, it will help me on my way to reaching my target. But don’t worry if you can’t – you can still help me by sharing this blog post or by sharing my JustGiving page with your friends and family on your social media accounts. Every share will bring me closer to reaching my goal. To make a donation please use the button below.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post – please don’t forget to share my fundraising page!