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THE JOY OF RUNNING AND COPING WITH 'CONTAMINATION' OCD / PTSD DURING THE SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19

Up until now, I've coped pretty well OCD / PTSD-wise with COVID-19 and the first national lockdown; indeed despite the fact that I don't feel safe enough to do a full shop even with a mask on, for five months I've been getting up early most mornings and running in my local forest. Initially I found it exhausting and my knees hurt like hell, but I stuck at it in a body-aware, noncompetitive way, and within time the pain subsided and I've begun to experience what they call a 'runner's high': pure exhilaration, strength and positivity that lasts throughout the day. Running is also a great stressbuster! The added bonus, of course, is that I've been challenging my 'contamination' OCD / PTSD at the same time by getting out of the house and being around people (at a safe distance, of course). During the summer I would regularly see the same faces (and dogs), and it cheered me up to exchange hellos and news with them. What has struck me too, is that my f

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