Today is the last day of Mental Health Awareness Week. It comes at a time where the world continues to be in a state of turbulence and change, and what comes next is somewhat unknown.

The global pandemic and crisis of Covid-19 has caused a great deal of anxiety amongst our population and all across the world. Mental health charities are experiencing a huge increase in demand for the information, support and services they supply but, at the same time, are having to navigate a way through a period when many of their income streams have disappeared – shops are closed and fundraising events are postponed or cancelled.

The London Marathon was due to take place on Sunday 26th April. I was to take part in the 26.2mile course. The event raises millions of much needed funds for our charities.

Inspired by the 2.6 charity fundraising campaign launching on Sunday 26th April, I created my own challenge to raise awareness and funds for Mind.

I committed to run 2 x 6km each day for 29 consecutive days (348km). So, 29 days later, instead of the original marathon distance of 26.2miles on one day, I have completed 216.2miles for Mind via The 29 Challenge. This has been made even more relevant as the final day of this particular challenge has coincided with the final day of Mental Health Awareness Week.

It has been quite an experience.

I am so grateful for the support that I have received along the way. I am grateful for the daily ‘PE with Joe’ sessions that have helped improve my fitness and strength, and I share his ethos around fitness and healthy eating helping to improve our mental health. I am grateful for my nutrition, coaching and personal development qualifications and experience as I worked to create a healthy eating and lifestyle plan to support my efforts.

For me, as someone who loves a goal and a focus, this challenge gave me something positive and proactive to do at a time when everything seemed to be changing on a day-by-day basis. Between the news reports (which I was minimising), home schooling and missing family and friends, I sometimes felt my energy levels dropping and my sleep was interrupted. It might seem counter-intuitive but this challenge helped turn all of that around. I have more energy, feel less stressed and more rested as each week has progressed. I have proved to myself what I instinctively knew – good nutrition combined with regular activity makes a difference to how we feel and how we can process events, situations and whatever the day may throw at us. It helps our physical and mental health.

Thank you for all the support you have given me in my continued fundraising efforts for Mind. Stay safe, stay healthy and know that you are not alone. We’re all in this together and together we can make a difference.

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