Solent Mind are excited to have runners taking part in the ABP Southampton Marathon again this year raising money for our vital mental health services. Did you know that running is not just good for physical health, it is also a great way to boost mental health? Regular exercise has been proven to have a positive effect on mental health, and running is one of the best forms of exercise for this purpose.
First, running is a great way to relieve stress. When running, the body releases endorphins, which are natural feel good chemicals. This can help to reduce stress and improve overall mood. Running can also be a great way to escape from the daily stresses of life, providing a much needed break from work, relationships, and other responsibilities.
Second, running can help to improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression. Studies have shown that running has a significant impact on reducing symptoms of depression, making it a valuable tool for those who struggle with their mental health. Running can provide a sense of accomplishment and boost self-esteem, which can help to lift spirits and combat feelings of low mood.
Third, running can improve sleep quality. Exercise has been show to improve sleep quality and running is no exception. A good night’s sleep is essential for good mental health and running can help to promote healthy sleep habits. Running can also help to reduce anxiety, which can often interfere with sleep, allowing you to get a good night’s rest.
One of our regular runners, Jack, had this to say about his running experience:
“I have used running as a tool to help look after my own wellbeing for about 10 years now. In a world where it can often feel like you have little control (whether it be work, parenting, life!), I've always seen it as an opportunity to take control of a moment and give me the headspace to process my thoughts and feelings, whilst trying to remember to breathe!
I also lead a little group I founded in 2017 which is all about running together for better mental health. We're not about speed or distances but just about taking it one step at a time. We run and walk together each week and I've seen first-hand how doing this each week, as part of a community, can have such a positive impact.
I have done the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10kbefore and they're great events – the atmosphere is brilliant and the simple act of wearing a Solent Mind top as you run the route acts as an important reminder to local people that there is an incredible charity in the local area that is there to help and support them if they need it. Using it as an opportunity to fundraise to help Solent Mind in their mission is also so worthwhile.
I'm looking forward to taking on the 10k again this year, donning the new Solent Mind top!”
If you would like to run for Solent Mind this year, and receive one of our colourful new running tops, you can sign up for a pre-paid place here: