You might notice that you feel considerably more relaxed after you’ve gone for a run, and that’s because, during your run, your body is releasing endorphins: nature’s stress reliever. They are also known as ‘feel-good’ hormones, because of the sense of well-being and relaxation that they induce.
As a result, sticking to a running schedule provides a regular outlet for the relief of tension and anxiety – and the physical exertion that you undergo releases pent-up energy, reducing the likelihood that you’ll feel restless and making you feel generally calmer. Some people even believe that the rhythmic nature of running can lull you into a meditative state that clears your mind and helps prevent thoughts racing through your head.
All these benefits together mean that making running a regular part of your routine is likely to lead to a significant reduction in stress levels, which in turn leads to an overall improved mental state.