Running as therapy

You can’t run away from your problems.  Problems have a way of quickly finding you and devouring you like a candy bar during PMS. Stress builds and takes over your every thought until you’re a hot mess.  I’ve been there, actually I am there.  I could go to the doctor, get a prescription, maybe go into therapy.  I’ve chosen not to do that.  Not that there is anything wrong with seeking help, it’s not.  Some people can’t manage their symptoms on their own.  I wish my brother had sought help before he decided to take his own life.  Maybe he would still be here.  And maybe our family wouldn’t still be hurting after many years. 

In my case I’ve decided to go towards a more natural approach to my anxiety/minor depression.

I started running.

Running, whether it’s on a street or a treadmill, can act as an antidepressant.  The physical activity of pounding foot to ground is stress relieving in itself.  Running boosts brain activity and mental clarity like nothing else in this world.  After I have a good run I notice I’m way more productive for the rest of the day.  I feel more on my game.  And the sadness that I have built up inside of me, well it’s not there at least for awhile.  I leave all my worries and my problems on that street or treadmill as many days a week as I can manage.  Taking the steps I have with my diet as well has helped.  Going vegan and upping the plant foods I eat has had an extremely positive effect on my brain.  Between this and the running, managing my thoughts has gotten a lot easier.  Not to say that I don’t still get sad from time to time, it’s just easier to deal with especially when I can hit the treadmill in the basement and run it out. 

So, if you have feelings like mine or just need a better way to deal with this world try running and maintaining a plant based diet.  If you’re anything like me it will change your world immensely.

Best wishes for a great weekend,

Denise