I’m always hearing that running decreases stress. So when I started going through some really tense times, I made a priority of running more to help burn off the tension. But instead of getting better I feel like it’s getting worse. Am I imagining things? Anyone else go through that? Are the benefits of running not for everyone?
I was about to tell you that no, running decreases stress. But then I was googling some research so I can link ot it and it turns out that ya, for some people, it can make things worse. If you’re already practicing good stress control, it will probably be helpful to you. But if you’re already high anxiety, running can raise your cortisol levels, which can make your tension feel worse. I’m shocked. I thought exercise of all kinds was good for stress and anxiety. I read that you should just try brisk walking instead if your stress levels are over the top.
That’s exactly what I’m confused about. It’s actually making me feel nervous that I’m making the wrong choices for my mental health. It’s so stressful at this time of year I don’t want to mess around any more with stress levels.
I’ve been thinking about this because it’s messing with my brain. I think it depends on the person and the situation. I have friends who absolutely have to run to feel better. It’s the only way they can burn off the excess energy keeping them anxious. They’re not sprinting or anything. It’s more of a jog-style. But still, it’s more than walking. I guess if you like running, you should go with trial and error.