How has blogging helped my mental health?


I’ve been blogging awhile now, sometimes my blogs get the attention of others, sometimes they don’t. I think to myself why do I blog? Do I do it for me? Do I do it for everyone else? What do I gain from blogging? 

I think I blog for a few reasons.

I do blog for myself. I realized with my post yesterday, which you can refresh yourself here   https://sexyonthedarkside.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/basic-levels-of-respect/

that getting the feelings out of me and into the Universe did relieve some of the build up. Seeing the comments of others helped to validate my feelings.

When I blog for everyone else, especially when it comes to my Journey to Wellness, I enjoy sharing what I have learned in therapy because there is so much to consider in terms of the ways we think about things, how we process in our mind and hopefully giving a different perspective for you, the reader, to see.

The last question, “what do I gain from blogging?” is a bit tougher for me because I tend to over think and then my brain draws a blank. I know that I want my words to be read, because if I didn’t I would be writing in my little pink journal I had when I was younger. (I must admit I have journal books all over the place here at home lol) So, I believe that I gain confidence from writing, I learn better styles and tips from reading other blogs and I like to blog!

I know that blogging can be all complicated and people often have no idea where to begin or what to write. I’ve learned a lot from http://www.thesitsgirls.com/blogging/5-things-make-blog-stand-out/

Have a great day!

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6 thoughts on “How has blogging helped my mental health?

  1. I have been struggling for some time with the “do I blog for me or other people” question myself. I started my blog in 2004 for me… and kept it that way for many years until last year, I realized I had more I wanted to share with the world. I rebuilt my blog and started over with the goal of discovering what I truly cared about. It was still for me. But then, I realized that when it was just me writing, I wasn’t truly thinking about how I could *help* people… so I have now taken on yet another transition in trying to help people with (most of) my posts. But I don’t think people like to read advice… and so I struggle with how to combine “me” with “advice.” Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic and the link.

    1. Its a fine line isn’t it. On one hand you want to write for you and yet want to share what you may have learned in your life experiences.. Don’t give up, I know you will find your niche.

  2. I know what you mean. I started blogging as a way to destigmatize the concept of suicide for those of us who have lost a parent (or other family member) in that manner, but as time went on, not only did I heal myself, but I learned that others were gaining something from what I wrote. As you said, some of my posts are strictly for me, while others definitely touch other people. If nothing else, I sleep better at night because I write my blog post just before I go to bed, so the monkey mind is satisfied for awhile.

    1. Thank you for such a personal response. I completely understand about how writing can help heal oneself and as well as help destigmatize (I too lost a family member to suicide).

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