I used to be addicted. It was great. The thing that got me out of bed in the morning; that made me feel invincible. I’ve slipped from my addiction and it’s left me feeling the opposite. The brilliant side effects of running that had become the norm to me have depleted since I stopped, leaving me feeling uncontent with my current situation.
The endorphins that exercise gives you are like a shot of dopamine straight to the brain. Running makes you feel proud of yourself and happy with the fact you’re positively affecting your life. As well as kickstarting these encouraging thoughts, in my own
unscientific logic, it also seems to tire and settle the part of the brain that anxiety and worrying stem from. Ultimately, our thoughts and emotions are choices and we decide what they are; we just battle ourselves to make them positive. Think of it as thought exercise makes our negative opponent weaker, and our true self stronger.