How does blogging help mental health?

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I’m working on an article about the mental health benefits of blogging.  While that may seem obvious to us, how often do you hear mental health professionals suggesting it as a therapeutic tool?

I’d like to get a sense from my fellow bloggers how blogging contributes to your own mental health.  You can let me know in the comments below, or if you’d prefer to be anonymous, you can respond via Google Form: https://forms.gle/fUp83wDh9BtJGGmYA

Thanks for your help!

 

54 thoughts on “How does blogging help mental health?

  1. Clive says:

    I think blogging helps me because I can put how I’m feeling into words that I probably wouldn’t be able to say verbally. I find it so much easier to write down how I’m feeling as a way of expressing myself. I think we all probably think like this anyway 😊👍

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  2. Luftmentsch says:

    It helps me express myself too, which is good because I don’t have many people I can speak to in real life in that way, but also it helps me understand myself – the process of writing actually clarifies my feelings, which is important as I can’t always recognise my own feelings.

    I like getting feedback too, but there are only about four people reading my blog who respond (including you). It can be helpful to hear from other people.

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  3. Liz says:

    Started off as like additional therapy for me. It helped me and still does, to release tension and to express.
    Sometimes writing for me is easier than saying it, as you and other bloggers have said.
    I think in a way my blog is still therapy to me as I talk about the unexpected things in my life recently, that I wasn’t expecting.
    To know there are bloggers I can relate to and even those I can’t, but can still enjoy friendly conversation with.
    WordPress is a friendly community of bloggers.

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  4. Revenge of Eve says:

    Oh wow!!! I could go on and on about its benefits for my mental health. Let me see if I can combine them to make sense.

    *it has skyrocketed my self-esteem. Coming from none to a growing belief in myself and my abilities.
    * being a part of the community encourages me to push myself beyond my self-limiting ideas.
    * I have connected with the worlds best accountability partner 😉 (Ashley)
    * I have learned to trust myself to an extent that I rarely give myself time to talk myself out of things.
    * I feel as supported on my worst days as I am on my best – maybe more so on my worst.
    * Blogging has helped me with focus and commitment( still a WIP)
    * I feel as though I belong whereas I’ve not ever felt this way.
    * I am encouraged to be myself.
    * I have been able to see a total overall improvement in who I am becoming.
    * Self-doubt doesn’t prevent me from moving forward.
    * I feel validated when most of my life I have not.
    * Motivated to continue growing.
    * I am not as hard on myself as I was two years ago.
    * I feel as though I have a safe space.
    * I feel a sense of accomplishment each time I visit my site.
    * I am inspired by other bloggers.

    I literally could go on. It is safe to say that blogging has changed the course of my life.

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  5. Meg says:

    That is a great question! In my case, the illustrious Dr. Phlegm has no idea I blog about him, or that I blog at all (unless he’s been cyber-stalking me, or something). And I don’t have a therapist.

    I personally think it benefits my mental health because it’s a great outlet for:

    * Flashbacks I might be having
    * Any and all conversations/interactions I’ve had with Mother (enough said, I’m sure)
    * Any sort of medication adjustments or mental health or hormonal issues
    * The wrath of my evil sister

    And all that helps because it helps me feel heard, as if my voice matters; especially since, sometimes in my family, that’s not the case. 🙂

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  6. Scott Becker says:

    In many ways! The top reasons being blogging is a release. I am filled with negative emotions, mainly anger and resentment and blogging allows me to release them. Blogging also helps with my self-esteem in that after a life of one failure after another, blogging makes me feel accomplished and like I am doing something. Although I am part of several communities in the real world, blogging also allows me to be part of a virtual community – one where I am accepted for who I am!

    Very good question – thanks for asking it. I can’t wait to read your post!

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  7. Michelle says:

    It helps me connect with people and feel understand and less alone. It helps me sort through the chaos in my head and make sense of it. I also learn writing skills and it gives me something to do on my free time so I am not being negative

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  8. Melanie B Cee says:

    For me blogging is mandatory because my form of mental illness is so hard to define (it doesn’t ‘fit’ standard parameters for anything except depression, but there’s worlds more to it than that).

    I can say things I can’t say in words, even if the people at whom those words are directed never see what I write. That’s on purpose by the way.

    I can clear out ‘mind garbage’ by putting it down in words. Put it in perspective too.

    I can safely address things that bother me, that others can’t/won’t/don’t understand without a lot of fussing about what’s ‘wrong’ with me.

    I can be myself. I can’t do that ‘in real life’ because of a myriad of reasons.

    I’m not alone when I blog. I feel a connection, a sense of community that my life lacks. It’s great.

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  9. crazylittlethingssite says:

    Blogging helps me process my emotions better by being able to physically see what I’m feeling if that makes sense and also being to connect and see others go through similar things is also so helpful as it can help you try new approaches to helping your mental health ❤️

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  10. BeckiesMentalMess.wordpress.com says:

    I remember when I first brought up to my therapist that I had wanted to begin a mental health blog, she thought it would be beneficial. To this day, she always asks, “Are you still maintaining your blog?” Naturally, I say yes.
    Blogging for my overall mental health has in fact, helped with my self-esteem, I don’t feel alone (Being that I’m an introvert), I don’t feel as if I have to pretend to be something I’m not. I can simply be me. Hell, you guys have seen me at my literal worse, and yet this community rallies as one of the best sources of support.
    I know when I see someone else suffering, I try to do the same for them.
    If my own therapist can say she sees a difference in me because of blogging, I take that as a good sign.

    This was a great question to ask, Ashley! Excellent!

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  11. Book Club Mom says:

    Hello – I’ve been following your blog for a while now and think you bring up many relevant issues. I think many forms of social media are detrimental to mental health because they encourage people to present themselves as perfect. They are also exclusionary in the sense that the fabulous lives that are presented make people sensitive to this display feel inadequate.

    As for blogging, I think the opposite is true. I have never once received a negative comment, have always gotten supportive and friendly responses and I think this is why I like blogging so much. So I believe that the blogging world is a much friendlier place. It does depend, however, on the blog subjects. I stay away from news and political blogs, which can’t possibly be good for mental health. I hope these answers are helpful to you!

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  12. it_starts_now says:

    Blogging has helped me rediscover my interest and love for writing, as in the past 3 years I haven’t had much opportunity for creative writing.

    It also holds me accountable, and gives me something to do/look forward to. If there’s something particularly interesting that I want to talk about, it gets me excited!

    It’s also kind of a cathartic experience because I can post anything I want, whether it be trying to help others, a poem, a rant etc.

    I’ve also found support through the friends and family I’ve shared the blog with, and it feels good to know that people follow my blog and are actually interested in what I have to say.

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  13. tal.seaa says:

    For me, writing has always been an escape for me…therapeutic to say. I feel like it’s a lot easier for me to say on paper or typing it out rather than talking about it. I don’t know, but I know for a fact that it has helped me grow tremendously as a writer. I want to use the gift of writing to help others be more open about their struggles. I hope all of this made sense 😅

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  14. nicolesjourney says:

    There are so many ways blogging helps my mental health, it is the reason I started too, my sister thought it would be a good distraction and way for me to remain creative whilst I took time of my studies to recover. I found I was able to write how I was feeling, much better than I was ever able to express vocally, so much so I started to print out blog posts I had written and share them with my therapist. Blogging worked and continues to, five years later as a form of therapy, and the great thing is, it doesn’t come with a waiting list. I have been inspired and helped by others who have shared their experiences through blogging.. I think my list could go on, it’s been great reading other peoples experiences too, thank you for this 🙂

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  15. Saro says:

    Thank you so much for this. I only just started to blog. Here I can pour out my heart. Say things I want to say. Thinking about things. Try to figure things out, like my emotions. It is still difficult speaking to my family about the dementia, so I do it in my blog. My family support me all the way, I just wish they could understand the crying.I still try to hide what is happening to me from them as well as I can, so as not to upset them… I might be wrong,. They know I blog, but I refuse to give them the link to read. I found my blogging to be my place. I also found awesome people here with the same issues and that really comfort me a lot. It is good to read about others, it makes me feel less lonely. A big thank you for what you do.

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  16. eirlysgwenllian says:

    I find writing very therapeutic. I love writing, and find it much easier than actually talking to people, it’s much easier for me to express myself while writing, especially regarding my feelings. My way of thinking can be very chaotic, so it helps me to clean up my brain a little bit. I can connect with people to whom I can relate in one way or another which is great because I don’t really have that in real life and i’s much harder for me to connect with people in real life. As I said I really enjoy writing so it’s also just simply a thing I like doing and that helps me release the stress and the negative stuff even if I don’t directly write about it. My self-esteem has lifted a bit, and my English has been developing, which in turn also lifts me up ’cause there’s nothing as lifting up for me as to be able to see my linguistic progress, if I’m able to notice it I know it must be quite significant. And I could probably come up with a few more things too. It’s definitely been very beneficial for my mental health. 🙂

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  17. sophienaylor1 says:

    For me, blogging is a great distraction technique when I’m having negative thoughts. It’s also a great way for me to keep myself busy and helps me feel positive and accomplished when I’ve written a blog post I’m proud of and like. Most importantly (for me) it’s been a great way to make friends and establish connections with people who are interested in similar things to me! 🙂

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  18. Candice says:

    Two years ago in the midst of a deep depression, I realized I needed to find at least one positive thing in each day. My thought was to keep a journal, but I realized some of the things I photographed might be better suited to keeping a blog journal of sorts. So, that’s how “This Made Me Smile Today” came to be. I post, maybe a couple of times per week, photos, thoughts, etc., in my continuing quest to stay positive, instead of letting myself feel hopeless. I’m glad to say that I’m much better now, partly due to the wonderful bloggers I follow, and those who follow me!

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  19. Mr. Bipolar says:

    I’m still trying to get a grasp on my recent diagnosis of bipolar so I started blogging about my experiences with that. It has helped me get my thoughts out instead of dwelling on them in my head only. Plus if it helps someone else that’s always good.

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