Skip Nav

Why Running Is Self-Care

I Started Going For a Run in the Middle of My Workday, and It's the Greatest Form of Self-Care

Mental health and wellbeing is very close to our hearts, and while we truly aim to have an always-on approach to covering all aspects of mental health, we have chosen to shine an extra bright light on #WorldMentalHealth today, and for the rest of October.

We bring you The Big Burn Out — a content series made up of honest personal essays, expert advice and practical recommendations.

A woman running outside in the  city.

I work from home a lot, and while I love the freedom it brings, it can also be challenging to be in the same environment all day, everyday. While I carefully structure my days to get my work done, there are times when I see the laundry piling up or dishes from the night before in the sink, and I start to feel overwhelmed. In those moments when my home feels like a mess and my brain is filled with deadlines and to-do lists and my phone keeps buzzing with alerts, there's only thing I want to do: turn it all off and get away. So I've started doing just that.

I lace up my running shoes, grab a water from the fridge, and head outside for a run. I bring my phone because running without music isn't fun for me, but I turn it on aeroplane mode so there are no notifications or distractions, which I've found is key to my self-care. It's just me, the Jonas Brothers, and the open road.

For me, going for a run acts as a sort of reset in the middle of the day. And without those pesky notifications or emails coming in, I can focus on just one thing. The course I take might change, but the common denominator is that I feel completely free.

The course I take might change, but the common denominator is that I feel completely free.

On days when I have a million things to do, those aeroplane-mode runs might only be 15 minutes. But those 15 minutes away from screens are just what I need. If I have more time and deadlines for projects aren't looming over my head, my runs get longer and I'm able to really clear my mind and refocus when I get back to my computer.

Now that I've started doing this, my days are even more productive, even though I'm purposefully taking a break in the middle of the day to step away from work. I feel more energized and don't need to reach for that second fourth cup of coffee to keep me going. And I don't need to spend my hard-earned money on expensive forms of self-care to feel that way — running is free. So, if you're like me and you're looking for a way to reset without mindlessly scrolling through social media, try switching your phone off and getting outside. You might be surprised at what it can do for you.

Image Source: Getty / filadendron
More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
How Is HPV Spread?
Jessica Sepel Personal Essay on Anxiety and PTSD
Why the Gym Became My Therapy During My Parents' Separation
Hangover Remedies That Work, According to a Dietitian
Antoni Porowski Opens Up About Mental Health and Body Image
The Business of Being Born Helped Me Prepare for Childbirth
30-Minute Running HIIT Workout
Elise Bialylew Personal Essay on Mindfulness
Peanut Butter Chickpea Satay Buddha Bowl Recipe
Are Probiotics Good For Your Vagina?
This Anthropologie Overnight Oats Ornament Is Too Cute
Instagram Food Calorie Comparisons

From Our Partners

Latest Health & Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds