Marching Like the March Hare…

Good evening tiddlypeeps. Just a quick update as to where I am with my fitness goals. Today I have walked almost 5km! And have, for the second time in about two months, smashed my 6000 step target on my Samsung Health app. I’ve also been trying to get myself to bed at the same time each night, so that I am not studying into the wee hours of the morning. Still struggling with early morning get ups, but I suppose that will come in time. And on Monday evening, I finally tried out Miranda Hart’s Maracattack DVD. It was a Christmas gift from the ex circa 2014, and at the time I did indeed have a pair of maracas to do the fitness routine, but after moving into my own abode in 2016, I have no idea where they ended up. In the junk cupboard upstairs perhaps? Anyways, I bought myself a new pair from Amazon in January. So, how did I get on? Well, I got myself through the warm-up okay, no problems there, but during the twenty minute cardio session, I found myself to be very uncoordinated. But, I enjoyed myself. I need to practice the ‘crazy crab’ moves (you have to watch the DVD to understand what I am talking about). For the bits I couldn’t do, I just walked backwards and forwards shaking the maracas in the style of Bez from the Happy Mondays. The DVD froze a little after I had trotted in a circle like a horse to the left and to the right, and waved the maracas in the air like a lasso. And I was like…’Oh no! I haven’t even got to the part where Gary (Tom Ellis) comes in!’

Over the course of the past week, mainstream and social media has been awash with the interview with Harry and Meghan with Oprah Winfrey, and subsequent reactions to it. I myself did not watch the broadcast at the time, as I felt I had seen the highlights in the week leading up to it. But that doesn’t mean to say that I didn’t take on board what was discussed in the interview. In regards to speaking out about mental health, whomever you may be, even in 2021, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. There will be plenty of people who will show empathy, however there will also be people who have no direct understanding or experience of what you have personally gone through and will give their opinions anyway. My point to this, if you do suffer from mental health issues, there are organisations out there that can help if you are struggling to find the support that you need.

https://hubofhope.co.uk/ – this website is provided by Chasing the Stigma and you can download the app from Google Play or the App Store. It offers support for a variety of mental health issues and allows you to filter services in your area by entering in your postcode in the search bar on the website/app.

https://www.itsmental.co.uk/ – a website dedicated to managing your mental wellbeing. I follow them on Instagram, and you can also access their services via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

I had tried to include the link for CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably, however I am unable to do so, and apologise for the inconvenience caused here. CALM is a nationwide helpline and resource specifically for men’s mental health. I have am not sure how to remove the broken link.

https://www.mind.org.uk/ – Promoting better mental health for everyone.

https://www.rethink.org/ – Rethink Mental Illness. Helping to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness by offering information and support.

https://www.cruse.org.uk/ – Offering support and counselling to those who are bereaved.

https://www.samaritans.org/ – 24/7 Support for those going through crisi.

These are just a selection of the services that are available here in the UK, and I am sure that many more exist via a search on Google. Remember, that there will always be someone that will listen to you no matter how big or small your problem is. Take care tiddlypeeps xxx