Mental Health Week

To end Mental Health Week, Sharon from the Holistic Dental team ran in her first 10km. She occasionally runs at different park runs when time allows.
She is happy to say that she ran the whole 10km!
Running once a week can definitely help improve mental health. Here are some ways running can benefit your mental well-being:

  1. Reduces stress: Running releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters, and helps lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone). It can help alleviate anxiety and tension.
  2. Boosts self-confidence: Regular running can lead to improvements in your physical appearance, endurance, and overall fitness, which can enhance self-esteem and self-confidence.
  3. Enhances brain function: Running increases blood flow to the brain, which improves cognitive function, memory, and focus. It can also increase production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that promotes brain health.
  4. Provides a sense of accomplishment: Setting and achieving running goals, whether it’s completing a certain distance or improving your pace, can provide a sense of achievement and boost self-esteem.
  5. Provides a break from daily stressors: Running provides an opportunity to disconnect from daily pressures and worries. It allows you to clear your mind and focus solely on the present moment, providing an escape from daily stressors.
  6. Increases social interaction: Running can be a solitary activity, but it can also be done in groups or with a running partner. Joining a running club or participating in organised races can help increase social interactions, which can improve mood and mental well-being.

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to running for mental health benefits. Make sure to listen to your body, start with a pace and distance that is comfortable for you, and gradually increase as you feel more comfortable. It’s also a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen, especially if you have underlying health conditions.