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Running outside. Thanks from someone who has been battling her demons 😊

I just wanted to say thanks again for everyone's support here! I completed my 10th week, this week with the outside runs. I got smiles and a thumbs up from a really fit runner type 😀

I just want to give a little background to explain how this board helped me. I was diagnosed with PTSD 18 months ago, along with that comes general anxiety and some depression. I got to the point where I feared going outside getting the mail. Slowly I have worked my way back to regaining confidence and my ability to be in the real world. Last week when I posted I here about my fears about running outside, I was full to the brim with anxiety, to the point I barely slept the night before and had nightmares about running outside. But when I did wake up early that morning, I checked all the posts that had been left for me. I got my gear on with tears in my eyes and did it.

I did it 3 times this week. It's been part of my exposure therapy. It's been amazing, facing it when prepared helps cure the fear.

So thank you. You really never know what a kind word can do, for it's been life changing 😘

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Well done. I have been running for about 7 months ago and I was worried about facing people but in all that time, I have found most people just don't notice and everyone else has either said "hello" or "keep up the good work"! I am 52 and a little overweight too but I love running outside and will now even run through the busy parts of town without worrying, keep it up and your confidence can keep growing!

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Brilliant running, truly brave and inspirational! Keep building on the good work 👍🏼

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Well done Ivawillow, you've given those demons a serious spanking!

Giving up smoking, Graduating, Running outside....

Give yourself a massive pat on the back, you deserve it and we're proud of you.

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Brilliant ! You have done so well , you are a strong person to make such changes to your life.

I wish you all the very best for the future and thank you so much for sharing .

You should be so proud of yourself ! xxx

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This post made me smile. Well done on getting out there - it sounds like a major step.

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Be proud of what you have achieved! Well done! 😃😃

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So pleased for you Ivawillow..😊you have done brilliantly to overcome your anxiety and the benefits of running outside in the fresh air are great.

Well done YOU. You should be vety proud of yourself. Keep running there are plenty of new things to try out.😊

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Wow thats so fabulous!! Very brave .. well done.. hope this success keeps improving how you feel :) wish you many more wonderful outside experiences x

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