It’s taken me years to get back to it, but this week I have already gone running three times. In all of 2021 I went running twice.
When I was a happy guy I ran about 36 km per week, apart from other forms of movement. If running has such a profound impact on your mental well-being then why did you stop? When you are depressed you get into a vicious circle. You stop doing the things that are good for you, you get to feel worse, you quit even more stuff that made you happy and acquire a bunch of habits that soothe the pain in the short term and make everything even worse in the long term. Depression is like living with the enemy inside the gates. You gotta kick that motherfucker out.