We’ve come a long way, mental health is discussed more openly than ever. But while this is an encouraging fact, the statistics are still bleak; 1 in 4 of us will suffer with poor mental health in our lifetime, with suicide being the leading cause of death in men under 50. So, it’s likely that someone you care about is suffering from poor mental health right now, perhaps even you.
Of course, if you are suffering from poor mental health the first thing you should do is reach out to a professional who can ensure you are correctly supported. It’s important to remember that mental health and physical health are extremely akin, in the same way that we must stay active to maintain our physical health it’s important to take steps to maintain our mental health on a daily basis, before we reach crisis point.
Exercise is a proven way of managing mental health, particularly running. The natural endorphins released through running are often referred to as a “runners high”, with good reason. That feeling of utter euphoria after completing a run is unparalleled and many people feel it sets the tone for the remainder of their day. Not only this, but running provides much needed respite from the stresses of daily life; it’s an opportunity to connect with nature and experience true peace as you pound the pavement with no distractions. Despite being considered a solo sport, you’ll never feel alone when out for a run, there is always a fellow runner ready with a smile and a nod to spur you on, it truly is the most supportive community to be a part of!
With so many clear synergies between running and mental health, here at Runderwear we were incredibly excited to be supporting community group Mental Health Mates as part of our Festival of Running. Mental Health Mates was set up by Bryony Gordon and their mission is to provide a safe place for people to come together and connect without fear or judgement by taking part in community walks. For many people, the gateway to running is walking, which is why the alignment between Runderwear and Mental Health Mates felt so natural to us. You may feel that the idea of going for a run is completely overwhelming, whether that’s because of your physical fitness or the battles you are facing with your mental health. So, go for a walk. Take each step at a time and when you feel ready try a gentle jog and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!