Mental illness and running

I wanted a place where we could get advice and support.

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07/12/2013 at 12:11

SC the Mk1 version seemed to be doing alright when I last looked, you give me something to aspire to.

I had an odd day feeling thin and toned but knowing that the scales had told me I had put a few pounds back on in a very short period of time. Then I felt fat and all was even and normal, but I am working on good habits to replace not helpful ones.

07/12/2013 at 12:22

Looks can be deceiving CJ, especially when you've had several years of practising hiding things.

Weight is a strange thing CJ.  I'm feeling huge today which doesn't tally with my skirt being so lose that I have to keep pulling it up.  But at least weight isn't one of my hang ups and I don't tend to weigh myself so have no idea whether I am gaining or losing.

07/12/2013 at 12:32

Shouldnt you change your username then SupeCaz given your new name?

 

07/12/2013 at 16:48

Nah, I'm still the same person, just with different goals

10/12/2013 at 11:36

I wonder how people cope with not running? I ran Cardiff Half the other week and had such a buzz from it that I think I crashed really badly afterwards. It is a while before my next 'organised distance'. The anxiety and depression could be caused by that (adding to other things of course)

My Doctor said it is because I have gone cold turkey and the endomorphins have stopped and like any brain chemical they are addictive.

How does everyone else cope with having to take time of from running - if they are injured etc?

Gareth

13/12/2013 at 00:18

Hi, welshgje.  Just catching up after a busy few days. 

I guess if there's one way in which I'm fortunate it's that I've never to date had a lengthy lay off through injury.  I do constantly find it difficult to get out there and run though that I rarely achieve the all-important buzz these days.  I have found that what works best for me though is leading runs with the running club.  If I'm able to concentrate on other people's running it means it succesfully takes my attention away from myself and I can run OK.

14/12/2013 at 17:27

I tend to deal with enforced rest by keeping busy doing other things.  At the moment I am decorating, but it could be planning a get together with friends, putting together a training plan for when I am fit again, or catching up on something around the house that I've been putting off for ages

My old running club often had several 'walking wounded' that would meet up on club nights and go for a gentle walk.  It was a good way of getting out and meeting people rather than sitting around moping.

25/01/2014 at 22:00

It seems to be about 8 weeks between posts for me, I had a bad patch at the start of December then got a call out of the blue from a former colleague saying she'd recommended me for a job at a local school - and I got it! head on car crash Christmas Eve left me with a nasty case of whiplash but the new job started in January and so far everything is going well *crosses fingers*. The meds have evened out now although sometimes I "forget" to take them oddly enough if I'm feeling very down as I'm not convinced they work when that happens. Running 4 times a week now, intending to get into double figures this week and have improved my parkrun time by 6 minutes this month. Still 6 minutes slower than I was pre operation but its good to get out. I still have to pick routes where I know I won't meet anyone but I'm getting out. Its so interesting reading other people's posts, even those who are in the depths of despair have humour in their writing even if it is it is sometimes decidedly black All power to everyone's elbows and have a good 2014 everyone, may this be the year when we all turn to the light and kick that big black dog right in the bits!!!

 

26/01/2014 at 16:49

Good to hear your making progress, Grimfoot.  I've certainly had a bad time running wise but have done a few Parkruns on the basis that it's about as far as I feel I can run non-stop at the moment.  Difficult going at first but am gaining a bit of confidence at turning up which meant I improved my PB by 51 seconds.  Even a Parkrun has been leaving me pretty exhausted for the rest of the day.  I stopped taking the anti-depressants just over a week ago because I was feeling so rubbish.  Yesterday's Parkrun may have been an indication that this was a good move - difficult to tell as there are ups and downs. 

31/01/2014 at 17:04

I have just been prescribed anti-depressants due to anxiety disorder and will be testing them out for a couple of weeks.

Hubby and I emigrated to Canada from the UK 3.5yrs ago and due to having to deal with a lot of doo doo, my nerves have been well and truly jangled.  My weight has dropped and I have a high stress job.  The doctor told me to eat more - first time I have ever heard that one.

Am doing a half marathon next weekend and then start training for a full marathon a couple of weeks after.

31/01/2014 at 20:40

Good luck with that, its good to get out, if you can. I struggled for months with anxiety but the meds really helped - eventually!

 

31/01/2014 at 22:54

Thanks Grimfoot....the kitchen table now looks like a pharmacy!

I am actively resting for a change, and have decided to take the weekend off from running etc., and RELAX.  

Will resume next week, and it should be a good race.

04/02/2014 at 10:55

Does anyone have any suggestions on meditation for managing depression / anxiety / sleep?

A combination of medical problems, relationship issues, stressed at work and growing anxiety issues has left me at times depressed - in truth suicidal. Managing better now and running helps enormously. However a major issue is struggling to stay asleep at night. Getting to sleep easy enough but rarely getting more than 4 hours. I believe that meditation might assist with this along with anxiety and panic attacks. Anyone got any ideas?

05/02/2014 at 01:21

The best person to talk to you re: meds is your doctor.  Also talk to a counsellor about what's causing your anxiety etc., I was prescribed Cipralex.  I also have a very mild sedative for really bad times.

05/02/2014 at 07:13

Sorry - not very clear. After any ideas on meditation as a method for controlling anxiety / depression.

15/07/2014 at 20:02
Hey Hillheader,
Are you feeling better now?
Hello everyone else
15/07/2014 at 20:26

Sorry Hillheader, misread your post.....I thought you said medication as opposed to meditation.

I would still talk to your Doctor and/or a counsellor and see how they can help with the anxiety/panic attacks.  I was getting panic attacks on a daily basis middle of the night, any time in fact -  it was out of control.

After 3 months of counselling with a variety of 'professionals' I have managed to get back on an even keel. 

To help me sleep I take MELATONIN, which is a natural sleep remedy.  I specifically asked my doctor to prescribe something naturally occuring.  This is really good stuff.

Hope this helps.

 

15/07/2014 at 21:54

Hi. Solb.

Good to hear you've been making progress, JC.

Been a pretty tough time but with a few more promising signs recently.  Change of medication to sertraline and to a GP who seems to be more knowledgeable about anti-depressants which is more reassuring.  I had got a point where I wasn't getting out running at all but have done a couple of Parkruns recently - even posted a PB a few weeks ago when I wasn't feeling well then went back to bed for the rest of the day.  Have still not been feeling up to getting out with running clubs but have managed short runs on my own for the last two nights.  Finished CBT sessions recently which has been of some help.  

15/07/2014 at 22:04

Hey Lincoln Runner, its funny because although I have improved in many ways, I seem to have developed social phobia and hate WORK social gatherings.

Ah well, at some point this area of life will improve, and something else will fall by the wayside.

15/07/2014 at 23:59
Hi Junglechook
Flippin fab that you've managed to find an even keel. Social phobia at work sounds tough. What do you think the difference is. I always found the opposite, hiding behind a work persona was easier than being me
I've just started parkrun too LR. Done two so far, our local one is hilly and a bit tough. First volunteering the weekend after next (I'm a bit scared)
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