In the summer of 2020, Chris Reeves founded Win The Morning, Win The Day (WTMWTD) after listening to a podcast about getting out of your comfort zone to help deal with the stress and mental health decline amidst COVID-19. The organisation’s mission is “To engage with our local communities in providing a shared experience of moving outside of our comfort zone, whilst raising awareness and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.”
Chris posted a video on social media about going for a walk and a swim in the Solent and it has grown exponentially from there. WTMWTD has now reached across the UK and various parts of the world.
Michelle Tucker, a Wellbeing Supervisor, saw Chris’ video on BBC’s The One Show; she contacted Chris and from there set up WTMWTD in Laleham, Surrey. The meeting place is accessible with a large car park (free before 7am), an open field and easy access to the Thames.
Most meet for the walk and talk, to connect and listen to each other in a neutral place. There is time for a poem, saying or short reading, and a minute’s reflection, followed by some braving the Thames for a short dip, although Michelle says this is not at all compulsory!
Due to national and regional lockdowns and restrictions, WTMWTD meet-ups have been limited. At the time of writing, this is set to change once groups of six can meet safely outdoors. The online WTMWTD community has grown and provides a supportive environment with positive influences for all: mental health talks, online meet-ups and photos and stories of people swimming and getting outdoors. See the following links:
Michelle is a champion for mental health, providing preventative talking support for employees in the workplace. She also provides nurturing parenting support for parents and carers in and around her community.
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