Firstly, I wish you a happy, healthy, and fulfilling 2019!
I’ve started this New Year on a bit of a back-foot…
Having spent many hours in hospital over Christmas visiting my poorly Uncle, and then losing him a few days ago after a 40 year battle with Parkinson’s, I’ve now picked up a cold too. A sniffly, teary start to the New Year wasn’t quite what I’d envisaged that’s for sure!
Heading into January, we can all be prone to the blues with the short days and as we get back into the swing of work after Christmas. Add a bereavement and a cold on top of that, and a low mood is almost inevitable!
So, one of my strategies for January selfcare is to take part in ‘RED January’ which is being run in partnership with the mental health charity, Mind – “a community initiative that encourages you to support your mental health by doing something active every single day.”
I heard about it via a social media post by Dr. Chatterjee recently and I immediately resonated with it… I’ve long known that being out in nature presses my ‘Reset’ button, and yet, it can be so easy to fall into a sedentary routine, especially when it’s winter, we work in an office, and we’re just ‘too busy’, right? (I say this from personal experience, trust me!)
The good news is that we all have the power to implement a positive change in our nutrition and lifestyle, big or small, at any moment, which can help us to feel better…and often for free!
So, I’m committing to being active every single day of January, even if sometimes it’s just a brisk walk at lunchtime, and to re-establish a daily routine which I hope to continue for the rest of the year to benefit every aspect of my health.
Want to join me? Here’s how – https://www.mind.org.uk/redjanuary
Starting with today!
Today, my wife and I decided to stay local (rather than go for an outdoor adventure further afield which we usually do) and explore our local parks.
We ended up walking just over 12,000 steps (approximately 4 miles), spending the majority of our day outside in nearby woodland (who knew there was so much woodland in Birmingham?!), and catching a beautiful sunset. My spirits feel lifted already!
Here are some snaps from our day:
So, go on! Get active every day in January, whether it’s walking to work some days, popping out for a brisk walk on your lunch break, or going for a swim or jog, and see how much better you feel by the start of February! That’s what I’ll be doing!
Hope you have a great start to the year, and if it’s started off a bit wobbly just like mine, try to turn it into an opportunity for self-care and growth.