Running has a positive impact on our mental health so lets shout it from the rooftops this Mental Health Awareness week and feel good running!
This Mental Health Awareness week we want to make it clear that the running community are here to help.
We will be talking to some of our runners that have experienced mental health issues in their past. They will be sharing their inspirational stories and providing us with tips on emotional well-being and running.
But first let's see some of these so-called benefits!
There is a direct correlation between your physical and emotional health. A lack of physical activity and eating poorly can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and depression. So if you want to improve your mental health, pop on your running shoes and get active.
Running encourages higher quality sleep, which translates into better ZZZs all night long. According to Mind, a better night’s sleep will reduce the impacts of numerous mental health problems including depression and anxiety.
People with depression have reported that running 2-3 times a week lifts their energy and motivation. Just one run can wake you up, increase your energy levels and decrease fatigue.
Ready to pull your hair out? Not only does running boost the brain’s serotonin levels, regular exercise might actually remodel the brain, making it calmer and more stress resistant.
Physical activity is thought to release ‘happy’ endorphins which cause a chemical change in the brain, which can help to positively change your mood.
Taking part in local park runs is a great way to meet people, make friends and develop relationships. Check out the #runandtalk campaign! England Athletic's affiliated clubs and RunTogether Groups organise runs across the UK to help everyone and anyone improve their mental health through running. Most runs will have a volunteer Mental Health Champion taking part who has experienced mental health problems themselves or through close family or friends. They are there to talk to if you need support or just want to let of some steam. Find out more about #RunandTalk