Training, RED-S and Mental Health

Navigating life is never easy. At University, it can be particularly hard to strike the right balance with studying, socialising and taking care of yourself. Running can be hugely useful in helping to maintain that balance, but it can also tip the scales in the other direction. Mental health is just as important as physical health, so we’ve dedicated a corner of our website to provide resources, stories and other information about how to keep the balance healthy.

As runners, one of the most common issues faced is related to an unhealthy relationship with training; whether that be over-training, disordered eating habits or just a tendency towards controlling and obsessive behaviours that can overspill into our daily lives. As such, we’ve created an entire section dedicated to #TrainBrave, RED-S and the physical and psychological dangers of losing balance in training.

We’ve also created pages dedicated to other mental health issues, as well as resources for getting the most out of your training and useful stories and blogs on everything from running to mindfulness to nutrition.

The most important thing to remember is that you are never alone in what you’re going through, and no problem is too small. If you’re stressing about something, take the time to address it before it gets out of control. One of the best things you can ever do is reach out – to friends, to family, to specialists, or to anyone else you can trust.

We hope you find this useful – and never forget that the Haries is a family, who is here for you when you need it (and even when you don’t).