Since the very first Run Brave challenge I’ve been pretty absent, disconnecting from the world as best I can. Ignoring emails, messages and phone calls and avoiding social media like the plague.
My default behaviour that I turn to when anything in my life becomes difficult is ‘disconnection’. Disconnection from everything and everyone. It’s important to talk about it, because that’s the whole damn point of Run Brave. Yes, Run Brave was created to inspire people that suffer with mental illness to use running as a means to live a stronger life, but it always has and always will be about creating meaningful connections. When we don’t have meaningful connections, we suffer.
We all know the basic ‘rules’ of good health; consume a healthy balanced diet, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. What we don’t hear enough about is the importance and impact of social connection on our mental health and longevity. Many studies show the amazing benefits of social connectedness to our overall wellbeing and also the detrimental effects of loneliness and lack of connection www.mhpod.gov.au