It has been 13 days since I last ran.
This is a sad statement for many, many reasons.
All the obvious that come related with not running, but mostly because it means I’m still not over this strep/cold/allergy attack/whatever it is.
I am hoping that I will *finally* get a run in this weekend, as my running shoes are starting to look quite dusty. And lonely.
Anyways, we all know that running relieves stress. But do we really know how it manages to do it?
First of all, it produces endorphins. Science speak: These are neurotransmitters that are produced in our brain… basically, they are these little things that give us that awesome runner’s high feeling that keeps us smiling and relaxed throughout the day. I don’t know about you, but I always just feel a little calmer when I’ve had a good run in the last 24 hours.
Secondly, running gives you time to think. Whether you listen to music when you run or not, the solo time away from other distractions in life is good for your mind. No phone beeping at you; no clothes screaming to be washed. There is no urgency to see if someone emailed you that super important work report, nor do you have to respond to any kids asking for your attention.
My favorite part of this part of running is just being able to organize my thoughts. I don’t know how many problems I’ve solved, articles I’ve written and to-do lists I’ve made in my head while running.
It gives you the time you need — especially in today’s busy world — to just think and process. When else do you really have time to do that?
Third, it helps you sleep better. There’s nothing like crashing in bed after a busy day started or capped off with a good run. I feel like the quality of sleep is just better. I think you fall asleep easier, sleep deeper and just have an overall better quality sleep. Which of course, does wonders for helping you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
I think we can say it’s quite obvious: running just puts you in a better mood. Granted, sometimes this doesn’t happen during the run, but you will feel the benefits of a good run for hours afterwards… and of course, all the good things for your physical health as well.
So what are you waiting for…?
How does running help you relieve stress?
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