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FU Anxiety

In a world where the pressures of everyday life can weigh heavily on our shoulders, finding solace and clarity can sometimes feel like an impossible task. But for Paula, a member of Penkridge Runners (PR), running has been her saving grace, providing not only a means of physical exercise but also a powerful tool for managing her anxiety and gaining self-confidence.
Paula Kimberley

As a member of PR from day 1, Paula’s story began a decade ago when she decided to join the running club in search of a way to improve her fitness and connect with like-minded individuals. Little did she know that this decision would lead her on a transformative journey, both mentally and physically.

From the moment Paula stepped into her running shoes and took her first strides with PR, she found herself welcomed into a supportive community that embraced runners of all abilities. It was here that she discovered the power of running as a form of therapy, a way to clear her mind and gain a fresh perspective on life.

For Paula, running wasn’t just about clocking miles or chasing personal bests; it was about finding peace amidst the chaos of her anxiety. With each stride, she found herself leaving behind the worries and stresses that plagued her mind, replaced instead by a sense of freedom and empowerment.

But perhaps even more impactful than the act of running itself were the friendships Paula made along the way. In particular, her bond with Janice, a fellow member of PR, proved to be a source of laughter and support during even the toughest of times. Janice’s infectious sense of humour and unwavering encouragement served as a reminder that Paula was never alone in her journey.

Paula in action

As the years passed, Paula’s confidence grew with each milestone she achieved. From completing her first 10k run to crossing the finish line of a marathon, she proved to herself and others that she was capable of far more than she had ever imagined. And through it all, she leaned on her PR family for guidance, inspiration, and friendship.

Today, as Paula reflects on her journey with PR, she does so with a sense of pride and gratitude. She knows that running will always be a part of her life, not just for the physical benefits it brings, but for the invaluable support system it provides. Through running and the friends she has cultivated, Paula has found a way to rise above her anxiety, proving that with determination and community, anything is possible.

In a world where mental health struggles are all too common, Paula’s story serves as a beacon of hope. It reminds us that no matter how daunting life may seem, there is always a path forward, waiting to be discovered one step at a time. And sometimes, all it takes is a pair of running shoes and a supportive community to help us find our way.

If you are suffering from any mental health issues, please take advantage of our Mental Health Champions and reach out for help and support.

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