Running has always been a helpful tool for me when dealing with mental health. I have never been diagnosed, however, I always feel whenever I am getting frustrated, anxious, or just in a sad mood a run will always cheer me up. It's a way to distract me from whatever I was dealing with before hand, and is a great way to clear my head. It's also something I feel achievement in, which is great when I think the world is collapsing around me at university haha. I have always been a runner, but never realised how helpful running was to me until my girlfriend pointed out that after a run I am always in a better mood, and then I noticed it. Whenever i'm grumpy she sends me on a run now haha. Thinking back now running has been super helpful to me over the years and has always been my go to activity to cheer me up.
The idea fascinates me, that such a simple tool like running can be so helpful. So I did some extensive reading online and found that loads of people had also benefited from running, and even on here people have spoken about the benefits running has. Even though I have always ran because I enjoyed it, I never associated it with improving my own mental health, and that was simply because I didn't know the extensive benefits running can have. This got me thinking, other people must not know about how great running is.
I am in my final year at university studying Media Production and I have to complete a graduate project. I have decided to look at the benefits running has on mental health. I am going around interviewing people on their experiences on how running was helpful in coping with their mental health. I want to share their stories in a visual medium by making short 2-4 minute videos and hopefully use these brilliant stories to inspire more people to get outside and run. A quote from someone I interviewed was "to be a runner you just have to run". I thought that was great.
I am looking for a few more inspiring stories to share, and if you would like to help raise awareness towards the benefits of running then please send me a message. I really think this is a great way to raise awareness and inspire more people to get outside and run.
Thanks for reading,