I hope everyone has had a good week and is ready for a weekend filled with fun? This week has been such a busy one with the kids being on half term that I’ve not had much chance to take photos, review things and get outdoors so thought I’d write a little bit about why running for my mental health is my new favourite thing.
Recently I wrote a piece on my blog for mental health awareness week and for the first time shared a little insight into my own mental health with the world. It was quite a big deal as I’ve been striving to make my blog and online presence as positive as I can but with a recent relapse and increase in medication I thought I may as well bite the bullet and share it.
This probably isn’t going to be the longest post I’ve ever written but at least it’s honest and means something to me. I hope it will help you if you are also suffering with a mental health illness as it is amazing how a new hobby can change your opinion on things and your outlook on your illness too.
I started running after my husband had a heart attack. I decided to enrol myself in a few races and entered a 10k last November. This meant that I had to start training as prior to this I had no fitness experience at all, well not since I was 15 anyway.
Running is one of the only activities I feel 100% confident in doing alone. I can’t even go the shops on my own some days. I love the way it feels. The way my body feels when I start to increase speed and get my blood pumping. How I can feel myself coming to life and embrace all weathers just to get a feel of the cool morning or evening air in my face. The confidence when I push myself past boundaries and achieve new targets. I always finish a run (and a workout) with a huge sweaty smile on my face and I feel like I’m flying.
Honestly, I don’t even know why I feel this way or why it’s running that does it, but it works. For me, that’s all I need to know.
What makes you feel really alive?
– Emma Allen –
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