Don’t worry, I am not suggesting you should run away from the problems. But something magical happens when you run. Not only during the process but also through building of the habit and discipline. Running on a cold winter morning?
Do this and I promise all your problems will half in size.
How Running Relieves Stress
Running is focus
It’s not ‘algebra homework’ focus, but you have to watch where you are going. You can still ponder on the problems you are having but they are tucked deep in the back of your head. And you know, sometimes all you need is a break and a new perspective.
Running as an exercise
Through hundreds of studies exercise has been proven to be a great way to relieve stress. For a variety of reasons, like improving your heart, which results in more oxygen to your brain.
Having a Goal
You don’t have to, but I find that I am at my best when I am training for something, like a marathon. Even if it’s only a change in the schedule, making the change feels good.
You Avoid Temptations
You know what doesn’t help solving your problems. Cigarettes. And booze. And spending too much time at the computer. So, if you get into a habit of running, you are much more likely to not flop on your promise to quit smoking. Or you limit yourself to one nice glass of wine instead of drinking until you pass out. Or gaming. Even if you go to sites like in this link, chances are you will show much better self-control than a couch potato.
How do you do it?
To start running, don’t think you must follow everyone else. If you can’t get up in the mornings, do it in the evening – you will sleep much better.
Here are a couple of my musts I do to not get bored of running.
At least once or twice a week I run in silence. I love catching up with my favorite podcasts and listening to music in general, but sometimes you should let your head wonder freely by running in complete silence.
Occasionally I will change my route. I have a running track close to my home, but a change of scenery is amazing. Although, if I run in the morning, I try to avoid most busy streets, for obvious reasons.
I will allow myself a cheat day once in a while. You will know when. But overall, try not to skip more than one day in two weeks. I’ll tell you why next.
All weather is good. When I started running, I imagined that you should not run during a rain because you will catch a cold. But sticking to my habit no matter what was the best decision I ever made. If I’d slack of during a rai, I’d probably skip snow too. And it’s a slippery slope.