I love chocolate.
It always used to be my comfort food.
A few years ago, I found myself in the middle of some major life challenges and struggles. Well, you can imagine that I turned to my beloved chocolate.
It got so bad that as I went through the ups and downs, my dress size went up and down as well!
If anybody opened my wardrobe at that time, they would see clothes in three different sizes!
My heath was suffering and my clothes bills were piling up…
One day, right in the midst of yet another emotional upheavel, I decided to go for a long walk. An hour later I was back home and I felt fantastic.
That is how it started.
Walking quickly became running.
The benefits I discovered were this:
Running started out as a coping mechanism for me.
I felt better every time I went for a run. No more eating chocolate as if my life depended on it.
Running is my personal time:
It helps me to clear my head and reflect on life.
I dont have to change my wardrobe every few weeks.
These are feel good hormones released in the brain after exercise. It feels amazing. You feel lifted.
Running started as a coping mechanism for me. In my mind it was a healthier alternative to chocolate but I decided to take it one step further.
When we launched the be the change initiative in 2016, I decided to start using my running to raise money for charity. I believe anyone and everyone can make a difference and this was just my little way to do that.
I have run for Cancer research, British heart foundation and other charities.
My last race was a 10K run for Cancer Research. (Thank you for your support)
Call me crazy – I am already getting ready for another race!
It is on the 19th of March 2017 and I will be running a half-marathon. I will be supporting SNAPS – A charity that helps parents of special needs children.
Please visit my page and make a donation to SNAPS. They do amazing work for children with special needs and I am proud to be associated with them. I hope I can count on your support?
A final note:
So, its your turn. What is your own coping mechanism? What do you do to help you cope with different stresses and circumstances. It may be baking or gardening or reading or knitting or exercise like me. The important thing is to pay attention and make sure that the coping mechanism has a long term positive effect on you – especially to your health. You may even be as lucky as me – to be able to cope and contribute at the same time.
This is why I always remind myself that when life gives you lemons, you can take it and make lemonade!