When you have Social Anxiety Disorder and love running outdoors..it can be a tad tricky. If I run continuously, heading out the door becomes easier but when I take a mini running hiatus, getting out the door is soooo much harder. My worries of people “watching” me tends to set in and before I know it, the little voices take over and I stay home. I hate when this happens because running is one of my favorite things to do and ironically when I feel my freest so I hate when SAD holds me hostage.
This Sunday I was DETERMINED to head out the door because Fall running is absolutely my favorite and I refused to let the season pass me by.
Here are some of my personal tips to get out the door if you suffer from SAD
- Lay out your clothes the night before so you are reminded of your goals when you wake up.
- Have a “buddy system” which can either be meeting a friend for a run or just telling your friend that you want to go for a run and ask them to keep you accountable by checking in with you.
- Try to head out the door early in the morning, the streets are less crowded.
- Dedicate your run to someone close to you.
- Listen to music (not too loud though because you want to be aware of your surroundings)
- Wear sunglasses so you don’t have to make eye contact
- Do a Virtual Fun Run (read below)
- Say “fuck it” and just have fun!
We all know that we consume a lot more calories on this day (even if we intend not to) so why not start the morning with some Cardio. You can run, walk, bike, whatever you want but just get out there and do something and have your friends and family join in. While you are partaking in this event, please remember to give thanks to this body that is capable of so much and appreciate the trees that you pass and the birds that are singing. I want this to be MORE than just a normal trot…I want your heart to be filled with gratitude. I hope you join in and make sure to use the hashtag #NamasteTrot so I can see your posts.