“Empower your inner strength through the power of running”
The belief that there is a connection between body and mind dates back to ancient times (mens sana in corpore sano – a sound mind in a sound body) and it is a belief that underpins my own core values and approach in life. The body-mind connection also underpins the way I work as a therapist and coach.
We are all unique individuals, with our own particular awesomeness and experiences, that guide us in the approach we take in life. Both positive and negative experiences impact on us. Sometimes in a good way that makes us grow as individuals and sometimes in a negative way, perhaps as a result of a traumatic incident, experience and/or event. But we all ultimately hold the strength and resilience within us to shape the person we want to be and make the life we want to lead.
Running and therapy helped me get through some of the toughest periods of my life. From my own experience, research and personal accounts of people who have discovered running, I keep hearing the same story. So much evidence shows that a strong, healthy body, whether gained through running or other form of physical exercise, does really seem to impact on our well-being, our mental health and yes, indeed, our inner strength.
This is not to say that just because a person does lots of sports, they can’t experience mental health issues. In fact, a lot of active people DO struggle with emotional or psychological turmoil. Long distance runners, for example are often seen as ‘running away from their problems’. Some runners refer to running as their ‘therapy’. Recognising that we are both body and mind, and that we owe it to ourselves to keep both of these healthy, is a big step in achieving overall positive wellbeing. We are all human after all and we all experience similar life events that can impact us in one way or the other.
So whether you dream of running 5km, 10km or a marathon, are going through a relationship break up, suffering from anxiety or depression, or struggling with low self esteem and self confidence, know that within you sits the strength and determination to embark on your own journey of self discovery. And in going through this journey and finding your strength, you will feel an empowerment of body and mind. Mind and body.
“Within each of us is a hidden store of energy. Energy we can release to compete in the marathon of life. Within each of us is a hidden store of courage; courage to give us the strength to face any challenge. Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.”
– Roger Dawson