By SAMH Campaigns Officer Chloe Bellany
As the festive break draws to a close, it’s time to put down the mince pies and get back to work.
For most of us, Christmas time throws our carefully made routines into chaos; and while the break can provide a much needed opportunity to recharge our batteries, returning to normality can also be a struggle.
January is a month of short days and cold weather, and while the temptation can be to hibernate under the duvet until the spring, taking time to look after our mental wellbeing has never been so important.
While we all have different ways of doing this (see our five ways to better mental health for inspiration), getting active can be great way to release some endorphin’s and improve your quality of life. It’s definitely not for everyone, but running is a great way of doing this – it clears the mind, you get some fresh air, and best of all, it’s free!
Even with the best intentions, new habits started can easily fall by the wayside, so it’s best to set yourself a target. Signing up to an event can give you a clear goal, so why not join Team SAMH and fundraise to support the work we do? Our fundraising team can provide help and support as you progress through the challenge.
There are loads of great running events throughout the year in Scotland, from 5k’s to marathons, or if you fancy something a bit different, obstacle courses or triathlons.
The Kilomathon takes place in Edinburgh on the 9th of April, and is the perfect next step after a 5k or 10k, with the option of running 6.5k or 13.1k along cycle paths. Or if you’re looking to take on the big one this year, the brand new Stirling Marathon on the 21st of May and the famous Edinburgh Marathon on 28th of May could be for you.
Part of a weekend of running, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival offers a range of shorter distances and even a relay option over the 27th and 28th of May.
If you’re after a challenge that will test your strength, agility, stamina and mental grit, Tough Mudder takes place in Dumfries and Galloway on the 17th and 18th of June.
So what’s stopping you? Sign up to improve your physical and mental health this year.
For information about any of these activities, or other ways you can raise money for SAMH, contact the fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org