I never, in my life, thought I would be a runner. I am proud to say, now I am. In addition to running being extremely beneficial to your physical health, it has had the most impact on my mental health. I feel more focused on a daily basis, happier overall, and I am feeling physically fit which contributes to everything!
I have mentioned in earlier posts how I deal with severe anxiety. I literally have panic attacks twice a week. They come out of no where, I could be at work, in the dog park, or driving my car. And holy wow, are they scary. Once you are able to recognize why you feel the way you do, it becomes easier to cope with, but they still take so much energy from your body, it is ridiculous.
I have recently found that every day I go for a run, I do not have a panic attack. So I have increased my running per week, to approximately 5 days a week. I am going to increase to 7 days next week, and see how it goes. Mind you, I will be running shorter intervals, more frequently. Working with my psychologist and primary care physician, I am getting through this terrifying part of my life.
If you have never experienced a panic attack, let me briefly explain. It literally feels like your going numb, and your surroundings are closing in on you. Voices start to sound distorted, and you can barely breath. I do not wish them upon my worst enemy, that’s how awful they are.
So, in order to cope with this, along with some osteopathic medicine, I will “just keep running”.
I will also keep in mind, the worst is over. I will never have another experience like my first panic attack, and that is something I continue to focus on.