RED January 2019

January 14, 2019

For many people January signals the start of new things. It’s the ideal time to start a new project or to finally tick off your New Year’s resolutions. But January can also be a very tough month for most, it’s cold, dark and dreary, not forgetting the credit card bills that have been racked up from the holidays. January is considered to be the most depressing month of the year, with January 21st 2019 being known as Blue Monday claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. Short days, miserable weather and lack of money after the fun and excitement of Christmas, it's no wonder January is a tough month.

However, thousands of individuals have kick-started their 2019 in a positive way by joining in on RED January, the RED stands for Run Every Day January! You don’t necessarily have to run, you can walk, swim, cycle, jog, play football, go to the gym or do yoga. The idea is to do something active every single day throughout January to raise awareness of mental health and the positive impact exercise can have on our wellbeing.

RED January provides people with a goal and focus to help you through a characteristically difficult month, to empower, educate and support you to start the year as you mean to go on, forming healthy habits to continue throughout January and beyond, to start the year off in a positive way.

Funds raised from RED January go towards Minds vital work of providing information, advice and support while campaigning for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.

We have even created a REDder team here at We Work Well, we are all kick-starting 2019 together and supporting our mental health. We are getting up and getting active as a team to beat the January blues and to raise awareness for an incredible mental health charity.

This time of year can be a very testing time for our health and wellbeing, with motivation plummeting quicker than the temperature. As the days are shorter, darker and colder making us feel a little bit sluggish and miserable. But it's important to get out in the fresh air, especially on those days where the temptation is to stay indoors and curl up on the sofa, although, that's ok too sometimes. Exercise is essential for promoting wellbeing, it doesn’t have to be an intense workout but by going on a bike ride or a slow jog can help improve your mental health. Even going for a walk has so many benefits for our health – improving your heart health, boosting your mood and making you fitter.

Sometimes being a part of something encouraging and supportive is the motivation you need to keep going with over 60,000 people signed up for RED January to support this fantastic project and to support their own mental health. Even though RED January 2019 registration has now closed, you can still join the RED movement by getting active every day in January to kick start your wellbeing for 2019.

Good luck to all you REDders - let’s all get active together to beat the blues away one day at a time and paint January red!

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