In May last year I signed up to the huge challenge of running 150 Miles for Mind organised by the runr team. You can read more about that here. This year I have done the same again but the challenge is feeling much more approachable. In part because I’m in better running shape and a good high average mileage each week but mainly because this year I have organised a team of other runners to support and share the journey with. I’ll be posting about that throughout the month over on Instagram but I thought I would start with a reminder of why this is so important.
[repost from Instagram]
“With Miles for Mind kicking off I thought I’d share some ways that physical activity help with mental health.
Even if you’ve never experienced a serious mental health problem (which I’m grateful I haven’t although some of my closest people have) the benefits to mood and sense of well-being after exercise are familiar to all of us and for some can make a real difference. * better sleep – by making you feel more tired at the end of the day
* better moods – movement releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and boost energy
* managing stress and anxiety – doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. It also gives your brain something to focus on which can help with intrusive or racing thoughts * better self-esteem – setting and achieving goals or just seeing improvements over time can help you feel better about yourself
* reducing the risk of depression – studies have shown that doing regular physical activity can reduce the likelihood of experiencing a period of depression
* connecting with people – doing group or team activities can help you meet new and like-minded people, and make new friends. (reference: Mind website)
Now, with the lockdown situation I think it’s really important to keep checking with how we’re doing (and those around us) and to keep active and remember it’s ok to not be ok.”