‘Running shoes have magic in them’ – Mina Samuels
Whoever decided that people run away from their problems got it completely wrong. In fact, we believe that running is a source of magic. With the power to heal our minds, running is about putting one foot ahead of the other and moving forward.
At the next Inverness Half Marathon, held on March 13, 2022, we ask that you put on your own magic running shoes in support of Mikeysline, and help us to move forward in our fight against suicide and mental health discrimination. Whether it’s on your own or with a team, we’d love to have you supporting us.
As one of the official charities linked to the half marathon, it couldn’t be easier to sign up. Just visit the Inverness Half Marathon website and select your event. Once you sign up, let us know and we will help you with any resources you need, including t-shirts, collection buckets, or promotional materials to let your supporters know how you are helping.
Why running can be good for your mental health
- Running helps to improve your mood
Runners often experience an emotional boost known as the ‘runner’s high’. This triggers natural feel-good energy that, in turn, elevates your mood and reduces stress. If you keep this hobby up, it has been shown that long term benefits can include alleviating the symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders.
- Running relieves stress
Much like any other form of exercise, whether in the gym or taking a brisk walk, running can help take your mind off the stresses you may be carrying. Although it may only be a short term fix, it has been said that keeping up a running routine can build your mental resilience. This in turn, can help in making those dark moments seem a little bit brighter.
- Running builds self-esteem
Regular exercise, especially running, can lead to improved perceptions of fitness and body image, both of which can have an impact on our self-esteem. There is certainly a feeling of empowerment given to those who feel confident and secure in the knowledge that their body is strong and healthy. As a result, these perceptions can transfer over into everyday obstacles or opinions we place on ourselves.
- Say goodbye to sleepless nights
Poor sleep is an ally to our feelings of anxiety and vulnerability. Without a good night of rest, our bodies and minds often suffer the consequences with increased restlessness, anxiety and pain. However, studies have shown that just 30 minutes of running a day can improve your sleep patterns and in turn, your mood. It also helps to reduce daytime fatigue and sluggishness.
Why support Mikeysline?
Mikeysline is a grassroots organisation that grew from the strength of a community that was suffering the shared burden of tragedy caused by suicide. Since 2015, the people of the Highlands and Moray have worked together to provide hope and support to all who are affected by feelings of loneliness and depression.
With an amazing team of staff and volunteers, Mikeysline strives to…
- Offer accessible support for those who need it most
- Raise awareness about mental ill-health
- Help break down the stigma and barriers surrounding mental health
- Prevent the loss of life to suicide.
Remember, sign up is simple. Just select your event via the Inverness Half Marathon website and get in touch with us for your fundraising toolkit. Your support can make the difference.