Making changes in January

Written by on 1st January 2018

Starting the year off with a health kick? Charlotte Price has two big trends that might be for you this January.

Making lifestyle changes in January may seem cliché to some, but for others it not only helps them, mentally and physically but also helps raise awareness and money for many things.

There is a long list of things you could do to make changes in your life in January – and not only then, but to carry on throughout the year.

Dry January

Dry January is an annual movement which millions of people across the country give up alcohol for the whole month. By doing this, it enables you to take control of your ‘relationship with alcohol’ and makes you think about what alcohol does and how it can affect you as a person.

The movement is in partnership with Alcohol Concern who bring together charities who work on issues surrounding alcohol to reduce the harm caused by it.

But why would you take part in Dry January? – There are lots of reasons! I take part in Dry January every year to detox my body, save money and to make me realise why I don’t need alcohol to have a good time. Here are some of the reasons why people take part in Dry January:

  • Make you realise that you don’t need alcohol
  • New Year, a new YOU – change your lifestyle and feel great!
  • Get a better night’s sleep and healthier skin
  • Loose a few of those Christmas pounds
  • Save money!

Dry January offers support throughout the month of January, so if you feel like you’re struggling, you can reach out for help and advice.

RED January

Run Every Day January is a brilliant way to kick-start the New Year, New You. But this isn’t just for your own health benefit, it’s also to raise money for Mind and raise awareness and ‘open up the conversation’ of mental health.

To fundraise you have to run or walk every day in January – which is great to get yourself out and moving and if you are like me that can sometimes be a struggle!

Tegan Groombridge, a 33-years-old from Bristol, said: “Running has given me positive mental health, freedom and headspace. It has helped me lose three stone and become fitter and stronger.

“By running in 2018 I am giving back to every coach, every run buddy and every person that supported by 2017 journey.

“By February I’ll be 155kms closer to an even better me.”

Everyone who takes part will find a new them. I run for RED January to give back to Mind and help them continue to support those with mental health issues.

All money raised will fun Mind’s vital work, such as the Mind Infoline, information and advice service and help campaign to make sure that everyone experiencing mental health problems get access to the support that they need and deserve.

It costs Mind six pounds to answer one call, so all money that is raised will make a huge difference to someone’s life.

Article Originally Appeared in Spark Magazine


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