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I've held off running while The Stupid Cough(tm) was lingering.

Today I walked, and ran veeeeeeerrrrry sloooooowly, round the park at lunchtime.

Somehow, somehow, I have to remember how much better I feel after even a very few minutes of running.

I feel cheerier within a very short time (which leads to rather unrealistic goals of running for miles and miles, that somehow haven't yet come about) but it's a noticeable effect.

It doesn't matter to me if it's adrenalin or dopamine or any of the simplistic body-chemistry reasons people throw around (not convinced these explanations hold up under scrutiny).

I just feel better; I care less about worrying things; the afternoon that follows feels manageable.

I spent much of Sunday wearing clothes for running (thinking it would motivate me) without succeeding in actually getting out the door.

On Sunday, my clothes lost out against inertia and sloth. To get through I need to get out the door even for just a few minutes.

One book on running I have suggested (paraphrased):

If you're feeling tired and unmotivated, tell yourself you'll just go out for 10 minutes.

If, in 10 minutes, you still feel tired and unmotivated, then turn round and go home.

...for me, it's the getting out the door to the first 10 minutes that is really, really hard.

Date: 2015-06-09 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ethnowoman.livejournal.com
My mom taught me the ten minute trick for piano practicing... even though I really like to play, it's so hard to get started. I got through university by setting a timer for 10 minutes, then allowing myself to stop if I wanted to (I rarely did).

Also works great for writing papers. I lived by the timer in grad school. Currently I use the ten minute timer for cleanup with the kids.

Date: 2015-06-09 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siglinde99.livejournal.com
I have read a bit about "nature deficit disorder". It sounds a bit hokey to me, but there is no denying that getting out someplace with natural sun (or even rain) and some greenery can pick up moods in no time flat.

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