How to run with feelings

You need to have: a broken heart, shattered dreams, or an existential crisis. Preferably all of the above. Oh, and good running shoes.

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  1. Play songs to get you pumped up and energized. The burst of endorphins will get you through the most difficult part: starting. You’ll be buoyed by the feeling that you’re getting healthy and taking control of your body, and in turn, your life.
  2. Choose a Spotify playlist with songs that make you even sadder. This gives you an incentive to keep running because you’ll believe you can outrun your emotions.
  3. Fail to outrun your feelings. Keep trying anyway because the physical exertion of running distracts from the pure, shining ache of existing.
  4. Pat yourself on the back for trying. Go in desperate search of ice-cold water.

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

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