American psychotherapist Gontang nog longer has his clients lie down on a sofa! For thirty years he takes them running! But you don't necessarily need a therapist to feel better by running.
Gontang advises to take a few deep breaths before you start to run. This way your parasympatic nervous system is stimulated which helps you to become more calm.
While you're running focus on your breathing. Imagine how your breathing in all kind of good stuff, and every breath out you release your annoyances, grievances and disappointments.
Do this outside! Nature enhances the positive effects of running. Being outside makes you realise there's more to life than you and your problems. Being outside makes you glad to be alive.
When I'm running, with every outward breath I think about the bad report cards from my son Jan, I think about how my hubby's eyes glaze over when I tell him about my day, I think about all the senior citizens who pass me by.
And with every breath inward I think about how well I'm doing, how I'm running, how I'm alive!