Running and mental health

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24/06/2013 at 10:50

How has running impacted on your mental health?

Following the road to happiness feature in the June issue, we want to hear your stories.

24/06/2013 at 12:58

One of the best therapies I have tried. At first it was cheaper too, but given that I now own several pairs of running shoes, a wardrobe of running clothes and end up doing some form of race at least once a month it's a new habit I have to fund!

24/06/2013 at 13:08

Agree it has kept me sane a few times over the years and continues to be the only me time I get.

24/06/2013 at 13:24

I've never really had an issue, and running keeps me relaxed, so I guess it must help.

24/06/2013 at 14:08

Running definitely keeps me sane and is the only time I truly get to switch off from the noise of day to day crap.

03/07/2013 at 20:15

I feel better while I'm running, but other times no noticeable difference. I do need to be careful not to over do it as that will make me feel worse. Suffering from serious depression/anxiety on and off for 25 years.

03/07/2013 at 21:05

It's driving me insane not being able to run - it's been a very long time now! Not quite sure that was what you wanted though!

03/07/2013 at 21:11

You know Annie, if you'd gone to the running and mental health thread started by RW forumites with mental health issues, to support each other instead of sell copies, you would have found a wealth of really useful, insightful, interesting and genuine answers.

It's called research, and a very sad indictment of the RW towers team that they either didn't know it was there, or didn't think to tap that truly genuine vein (with appropriate consultation of course, created by dedicated and consistent posters.

My guess is this comment won't feature in print. 

06/08/2013 at 21:38

Ive had somewhat of a breakdown in the last few months. it seemed like my whole life had fell apart. ive started running 2/3 times a week now as a way to take a break from feeling miserable/angry and as a way of setting myself challenges and feeling good about myself. I think all types of exercise have a great effect upon the mind, whether it just people feeling low, or those like myself who suffer from depression and find it difficult to 'bring themselves out' of the massive ravine they find themselves in.

08/08/2013 at 11:57

I was on various different SSRI's for 9 years to treat panic & anxiety, started running and it all went away after a few months, the single best thing I have ever done for myself.  Injured now so very very down!

08/08/2013 at 12:34

Well said Crazy Diamond.

Annie, have you wondered why it is that so many people seem to make their first post on a thread that a member of the RW team has started?

 

09/08/2013 at 16:07
REI78 wrote (see)

Ive had somewhat of a breakdown in the last few months. it seemed like my whole life had fell apart. ive started running 2/3 times a week now as a way to take a break from feeling miserable/angry and as a way of setting myself challenges and feeling good about myself. I think all types of exercise have a great effect upon the mind, whether it just people feeling low, or those like myself who suffer from depression and find it difficult to 'bring themselves out' of the massive ravine they find themselves in.


Going for a run can be great to clear the head, but it can be dangerous to think running alone can sort out mental wellbeing. The consequences of a minor injury could set you back weeks. Likewise, depending on your issues, becoming massively obsessed can be damaging to yourself and those around you. I've had to pull myself back in line on a couple of occassions since taking up running last year. Running is a great thing, but I'll never be the evangelist who sees it as the cure all activity.

16/11/2013 at 12:35

DEPRESSION

 

It’s a “chemical imbalance” they say –

I shouldn’t be feeling this way –

So what should I do? Pop a pill or two?

Will that keep my demons at bay?

 

 

16/11/2013 at 13:12
I suffer with depression and an obsessive ans slightly compulsive personality and running definitely helps to take the edge off by giving me something to keep me in shape, burn off nervous energy and by giving me a personal aim to work towards that does not affect others if I have a bad few days and turn hermit like.
Also having a dog that needs walking is a major help, because they don't judge you nor get arsey if you aren 't very chatty.
kittenkat    pirate
16/11/2013 at 14:43

My husband turned round to me a few weeks ago and said "without running you would have been dead by now". He's not one for grandiose statements or exaggeration. Running has hade a huge impact on my health and happiness for nearly 30 years. It has been a lifeline and now I share it with my gorgeous border collie.

 

16/11/2013 at 14:53
Nice post kk.
kittenkat    pirate
16/11/2013 at 15:05

Thank you.


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