Hobbies As Stress Relief
By Ciara Glynn
For as long as I can remember, I have loved to run. I would run around my house, the beach, or practically any wide open space that would allow for it. On most of my sports teams in my youth, I was the shortest and smallest, so I had to be the “fastest”. This need for speed continued throughout my childhood and into my teen years. I loved running competitively and counted down the days until cross country season would start again in the fall. Additionally to the competitive aspect of running, it was medicinal as well, running became a stress reliever for me and I relied on a good run to help gather my thoughts or feelings.
A few years ago, I began to feel pain and tightness in my hip. Running, and even walking long distances became painful. After two rounds of physical therapy, I am still unable to run like I used to. I lost the only way I had really known how to stay active and move my body. I had lost my stress reliever and my escape.
I have learned that lots of people have gone through an experience similar to my own. Since being injured, I have found various methods that I can do that provide that same stress relief as running once did. Practicing yoga, walking, and biking are all activities that I never thought I would be able to lean on, but now I enjoy them almost as much as I enjoyed running. Finding your new favorite way to stay active can be challenging, but it just takes stepping out of your comfort zone.