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Submitted by Tyneside Mind
Throughout January, Mental Health Charity, Tyneside and Northumberland Mind have been working in partnership with Northumberland Park to promote their ‘Step into January’ campaign.
The challenge to the public is to participate in 22 activities to mark the year 2022 and raise awareness on the benefits of physical activity to mental wellbeing.
From January, Sunday 9 until Sunday 30, 2022 the charity will be motivating the community to set daily personal goals to get active and mark a fresh start for 2022. Inspiring participants to celebrate the magic of movement to mental health either by themselves or with friends, family or work colleagues.
The ‘Step into January 22 for 22’ campaign aims to create a healthier physical and mental mindset for participants as well as showcase the proven benefits of exercise on the mind, including that of reducing anxiety, combating stress, sharpening focus, and improving energy levels.
The challenge harnesses the key purpose of Tyneside and Northumberland Mind which is to support the community’s mental health struggles through early intervention services and advocation for the de-stigmatisation of poor mental health.
Lee Walker, fundraising manager for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, said: “We are always inspired by the activities our fundraisers get up to during their challenges, from climbing stair mountains, running and posting their routes every morning to group challenges at work and walking 100’s of miles over the challenge.
“We are so very excited about the Step into January campaign and the impact it with inevitably have on the work that we do thanks to the continued involvement of our incredible community.
“It is great to know there are lots of fantastic fundraisers out there who are happy to support Tyneside and Northumberland Mind whilst supporting their own wellbeing.”
Whatever your capabilities the campaign asks that participants set attainable goals and put the best possible ‘step’ forward for 2022 by setting targets that will get them energised and excited for the new year. Whether it’s a session at the gym, a walk in the park, or a home workout-it all counts, and all contributes to creating a scientifically proven healthier, happier mindset.
To help achieve your objective Tyneside and Northumberland Mind will be releasing regular tips to staying active across their digital platforms including posts about the benefits of exercise to our mental wellbeing as well as new ideas to getting in that daily activity, including exclusive weekly events available only on the grounds of Northumberland Parks.
January can be a difficult month for many, especially one following the unprecedented year eclipsed by the covid-19 pandemic, which is why committing to a new workout each day, whether that be exploring the expansive grounds of Northumberland National Parks or picking up a new hobby closer to home that gets you moving, could dramatically improve feelings of mental unwellness.
Mandy Roberts, Engagement Officer at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting the ‘Step into January 22 for 22’ campaign; we work with many groups year-round with a particular focus on physical and mental wellbeing, so this is something close to our hearts here at Northumberland National Park.
“Throughout January we’ll be running four sessions at The Sill, National Landscape Discovery Centre, every Sunday from January 9, 2022. A visit to The Sill is a great way to connect with the great outdoors – just taking our easy rooftop walk then sitting with hot drink, looking out at the stunning scenery, is a start, but this January we are offering a little more.
“Reconnect with your Resolution’ days will include short, guided walks to Hadrian’s Wall, mindfulness sessions, informative talks about Northumberland Recovery College, a dreamcatcher making workshop, a photography and mindfulness session, and more.
“All these activities are free but bookings for the dreamcatcher making workshop and the photography and mindfulness session must be made via Northumberland Recovery College.”
The organisation will provide continuous support and motivation both leading up to and throughout the 22 days, including supplying resources to make participants fundraising experience the best it can be.
Step, swim, or bike your way into the new year, whatever your ‘thing’ is, and challenge yourself for 22 days whilst promoting good mental wellbeing this January 2022!
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