Blog # 20 – Running to Wellness: How Running Improved My Mental Health
Running and Mental Health

Running is not just about pounding the pavement or conquering distances or conquering mountains and trails; it's also a journey within. It's a journey that has not only transformed my physical health but has been a lifeline for my mental well-being. In this blog, I want to share my personal story of how running and mental health are intricately connected.

Running is my therapist on the go, my counselor in shoes (One of those things on which i love to spend without thinking). The rhythmic music of my feet hitting the ground acts as a cadence for my thoughts, guiding them into a soothing rhythm. When stress mounts and anxiety looms, a run on the road or along the corniche waterfront or at voiceless trails is my escape from the hardship of life. During early morning run, the mesmerizing view of sunrise freshen your mind, soul and body (including the doze of Vitamin D). During the evening run, the sunset view takes away all the mental pressure I endured during the day. Its a win win situation for the body and mind.

The science behind it is astounding. Running releases endorphins, the body's natural stress-relievers, while reducing the production of stress hormones. It's a natural antidepressant that requires no prescription. The solitude of a solo run gives me space to reflect, to untangle the knots in my mind, and to find clarity amidst chaos. The pain during the run is the pain which is more sweeter than a sugar, more refreshing than a coconut milk, more calmer than head massage.

But it's not just about the chemistry; it's about the mental fortitude running builds. Pushing through physical barriers teaches me resilience, a skill I carry into the rest of my life, a skill which is often used during everyday hardship. During the run, drowning in sweat, when breeze touches your body, it feels like the kiss of life, appreciating your efforts and removing the burdens of life from the brain during those heavenly minutes / hours.

So, whether you're taking your first steps as a runner or you're a seasoned marathoner, remember that running isn't just about the miles; it's a powerful tool for nurturing your mental health. Lace up your shoes, hit the pavement, garden or trail and embark on a journey not just to a fitter body but to a healthier mind.

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