In the past few weeks, our family has experienced some heavy losses, and I’ve found that running eases grief. The act of moving my body in a physically strenuous way is one coping mechanism that never fails to make me feel a little better. What else does running do for me in times of deep sadness? Keep reading for details.
Running Provides Much Needed Alone Time
When I am hurting and heartbroken, I want to be alone. Going out for a run gives me the space and distance I need. It’s sacred time, and I can get lost in the miles to help keep my sadness at bay.
Running Can Offer Time For Reflection
The act of running allows me time to let my brain run wild and reflect. With the rhythm of my feet on the pavement, I can get lost in memories and deep thoughts. Running is a great vehicle to let those things happen.
Running Releases Endorphins
No matter how sad I may be, running releases the endorphins that helps boost my mood. Don’t get me wrong, those endorphins don’t mend a broken heart, but they do allow for a little bit of lightness. It’s not a fix, but it does help snap me out of sadness for at least a little while.
Running Helps Me Escape
I can escape in a good run. With the right location and mindset, running is the perfect escape from all the feelings and weight of mourning. I don’t have to have a plan, but instead, can go where my feet and my heart take me. While I can’t escape my feelings forever, it’s nice to detach for at least a little while.
Running Gives Purpose
Whenever I feel lost or unmoored, running helps give me purpose. The very act of putting one foot in front of the other allows me to focus on something tangible and physical. I have a destination, a goal, and the need to zero in on the needs of my lungs and body. When I have a purpose, I can move forward with other aspects of my life, which in turn, helps further my healing.
Does running help you when you are grieving?
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Please note, while running can be a great coping mechanism, it is no replacement for counseling and therapy. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to either one of those if you are struggling and need help.