Running Makes Me Anxious – Coping With Anxiety Problems Whilst Jogging
I’ve experienced great bouts of anxiety whilst running in the past, specifically if the going gets tough.
Negative thoughts will flood my mind. I’ll be paranoid that others are staring and laughing at my running form, if I’m out in the morning or at night I’ll dream up all sorts of scenarios where I’ll be the victim of a heinous crime or the most common, that I’ll simple won’t be able to complete the run.
Most of the time these anxious thoughts aren’t based in reality and are part of my over active imagination.
I’ve noticed that the anxiety is exacerbated by caffeine intake. With energy drinks or gels in my system my mind will be sent into overdrive and it’ll almost be impossible to enter flow.
Coping with anxiety on the run is difficult, but there are things that you can do to reduce the effect it has you.
- Know that the run won’t last forever and that sooner or later you’ll be back in your house reflecting on the run.
- Concentrate 100% on your breathing. Breathe deeply and slow down for a little while until the worst passes and then pick up your pace.
- Remember, you aren’t alone in feeling anxious. Everyone wants to run a personal best or go the extra mile in each session but sometimes it isn’t possible.
- Once in a while, run for the sake of running. Being bogged down constantly by the thought of splits, pace and distance can be stressful rather than enjoyable.
- Over time the anxiety will diminish if you’re a new runner. You’ll feel less conscious outdoors and the dysphoria will be substituted with euphoria, just keep with it and try to enjoy each outing as much as you can.