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Consolidation #3 - Anxiety v Leggings

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate

The current events with coronavirus are not great if you have anxiety. In fact my anxiety got so bad this afternoon, it overcame my fear of being seen in public in running leggings. Normally I venture out under cover of darkness, but I went out for a run this afternoon.

I found it hard going but I managed 30 minutes running. I did 4km (including the warm up and cool down walks). As an unfit 46 year old asthmatic, I’ll take that. I’m knackered but I’m not anxious any more 👍

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That is so positive well done you

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

Thank you!

There's not a great deal we can do about the situation. When we're out of control its only natural to feel some trepidation. Hopefully it'll be over as quick as it began. What we can do though, is control other aspects of our lives - running is a great example. It makes us fitter and stronger in the battle against disease - especially upper respiratory tract infections. It also releases those happy endorphins. Run more. Worry less ☺

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to LittleIreland

Yes absolutely! Running is doing great things for my mental health. I wish I started years ago. Better late than never.

Jerichomile
JerichomileGraduate in reply to agirlinwinter

100% better late than never. Plus you get this runners happiness now as a lovely bonus. Your name is fab by the way - it’s a perfect minature poem 👍💐

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to Jerichomile

Aw thank you 😊

Jerichomile
JerichomileGraduate in reply to LittleIreland

LittleIreland, please can I borrow “run more, worry less” as my motto for the next few weeks?! It’s superb 👏

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate in reply to Jerichomile

Another motto for the t-shirts I think👍

LittleIreland
LittleIrelandGraduate in reply to Jerichomile

Absolutely 😁

Jerichomile
JerichomileGraduate in reply to LittleIreland

👍😁

As another 46 year old asthmatic I really admire a post like yours. Anxiety can be such a debilitating thing but you got out and did something today 🏆Be you and keep on keeping on. 30 mins is a really good time to run so well done.

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to GTFC

Thank you! I am grateful to have running to help with the anxiety. I would have just sat indoors before and got increasingly wound up.

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Ambassador

I totally empathise (anxiety issues here too ) and of course, these are tricky times for us all. Huge well done on getting out for your run despite this and great that it has eased your anxiety. I have missed a couple of runs due to a cold this week but am hoping to get back out again tomorrow - can't wait for that post- run feeling! Take care.🙂

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you. I hope you can get out again soon. It really does help with the anxiety, I find.

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Ambassador in reply to agirlinwinter

Indeed it does - I graduated Couch to 5k three and a half years ago now and have been running ever since. It has made a massive difference to my mental wellbeing...plus I just love running! 🏃🏽‍♀️😍🙂

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to Sandraj39

As someone who graduated a week ago, that’s great to hear. I’m pleased it’s helping you 🙂

Jerichomile
JerichomileGraduate in reply to Sandraj39

Great to hear the ongoing benefits Sandraj39. I graduated C25K last year, started Parkrun in December and I’m still amazed at the difference to my mental well-being. I’m still a novice but running definitely here to stay in my life. happy running everyone

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Ambassador in reply to Jerichomile

Great to hear how much it's helped you too! Keep running!👍🙂

I’m the same. My anxiety is stopping me sleeping very well but I found I felt better once I was out and running. I’m a 66 year old asthmatic and I think to myself my lungs are still probably stronger than all the non runners now 😁😜

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to limberlou

Sorry to hear that about your sleep, but running really does seem to help, doesn’t it?

Yup. My son and his friend are in Thailand at the mo, for another 10 days, and I’m worried about them... whether he’ll get back ok, and whether he’ll be infectious then.... as well as the general situation

Jazzyrunner
JazzyrunnerGraduate

Well done you, that’s fab! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to Jazzyrunner

Thank you 😊

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate

Oh agirlinwinter, I am so impressed. I love the fact you have conquered being seen out...you are a star! I am sorry to hear about how anxious you were feeling and so pleased the running helped. 🏃‍♀️🤝🏃‍♀️👍

catgirl1976
catgirl1976 in reply to Nilsam

I've been anxious as well and today thought sod it and went out for sunday lunch as planned and really enjoyed it!

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to catgirl1976

Good for you!

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate in reply to catgirl1976

That's good. 😎

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to Nilsam

Thanks Nilsam. I think you can tell how bad the anxiety must have been to have overcome the Leggings Shame 😂

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate in reply to agirlinwinter

🤣🏃‍♀️👍

Brilliant. Running is so good for our bodies and minds. Its great to get out on the fresh air too. Happy running 🏃‍♀️🌟

Wenderwoo
WenderwooGraduate

Good news on the anxiety front. It’s a shame we can’t run every day at the mo! Well done 👍😁

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to Wenderwoo

Yes indeed. I’ve got a couple of rest days now. I’ll be good but I’ll be itching to run again.

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator

Well done!! Yes, running is THE best antidote to anxiety. Look after yourself, it's difficult times.

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Yes definitely. You too.

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate

Fantastic that the run tackled your demons!

agirlinwinter
agirlinwinterGraduate in reply to Roxdog

Thanks Roxdog. Yes, running is definitely helping.

As a bloke in his late sixties I was a bit worried about being seen in public in running gear at all.....and then came winter and the tights! I used to drive 5 minutes to the local walkway car park to avoid being seen by neighbours!! No more; after nearly two years I don't give it a second thought. A few months ago I bumped into a guy who lives nearby and he said that he didn't find my get up(electric blue jacket, black shorts and tights, hooped woolly Pom Pom hat and neck buff) particularly alluring!!! The words "I am relieved for both our sakes" were out of my mouth before I even thought about it.....he just laughed and we moved on.....I mean, he would have had to be some kind of weird fetishist ( entitled to be if that is him of course). I often return from runs a different person, at peace with myself and the world. We will need lots of repeat doses in the coming months. Well done you....it gets easier and even better; just enjoy it. When you are running it is just you and your thoughts, and if you are lucky like me, a lovely environment 😊.

Papillon17
Papillon17Graduate

Congratulations and well done

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