There has been much research into the positive effects of exercise on mental health and many of us have experienced the state of relaxation and happiness created by the so called ‘runner’s high’. Whilst we are not – and do not pretend to be – mental health professionals, we do support each other to promote not only the physical benefits of running as part of a club, but the mental benefits too.
Like physical wellbeing, it is perfectly normal for your mental wellbeing to fluctuate. Likewise, it is normal to have off days, and most people sometimes find themselves feeling anxious, stressed and down. However, if ‘sometimes’ becomes ‘often’ you may begin to feel overwhelmed by it and then it’s time for you to reach out for some support.
In the first instance, why not contact one of our three Mental Health Champions who will be happy to support you when needed?
Often chatting things through with someone is enough to get you back on track but sometimes you may need professional help. Here are a few suggested websites that offer a range of support to suit your circumstances – what one person finds helpful may not suit everyone, but the important part is taking that first step towards good mental wellbeing.
|NHS – Every Mind Matters||https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters|
|Men's Sheds Association||https://menssheds.org.uk|
|Andy's Man Club||https://andysmanclub.co.uk|
|Hub of Hope||https://hubofhope.co.uk|
|CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)||https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help|
Download/Read England Athletics Literature: Athletics, Running and Mental Health
Once the Covid related restrictions are lifted and we can meet as a club again, remember that our #RunAndTalk nights are always on the second Thursday of the month. We offer a social run with 2 and 5 mile options, or just walking and talking if required. This is followed by cake and a chat in Magnets. It’s very informal and friendly, let one of the Mental Health Champions know to look out for you, or just turn up before 6.45pm.
Hope to see you soon!