On my blog, I am very candid and open about my mental health. If I can help anyone through my own struggle I will. The more we are open about mental health the better we can conquer it and help to prevent things from getting way worse.
I struggle with some of the worst mental health diagnoses when it comes to depression and anxiety. I won't get into all the various diagnoses because that is a little too personal and diagnoses are mostly for billing and insurance purposes anyways but I will be open about it and say that my depression and anxiety are always something that I struggle with and that I struggle with bipolar depression. I won't go into too much detail but let's just say I have gone through a lot of treatment over the years and have learned a lot about myself over the years.
Also, going through school to become a counselor myself has done nothing but help me for the better. I can't wait to one day help other people struggling. It has not always been easy for me and it never will be. A lot of the time, I struggle to even leave the house. A lot of people struggle with mental health. The pandemic has made my anxiety and depression worse.
The fear of leaving the house is more real now than ever.
Lately, I have been struggling. I am not gonna lie. However, books and blogging have saved me more times than once this year and over the years. My blog makes me motivated to be better and to be the best version of myself despite my terrible mental health.
Blogging has pushed me to do something productive and to use my brain to read in times when I have not felt like it. It has even helped me in times when I had no income coming in. For this, my blog has been nothing but a blessing.
At times, the literary community and blogging community has made me feel not alone. It is important to remember that when it comes to mental health sometimes it feels like there is no hope at all. It can feel very isolative but I am here to tell you that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dark it may seem.
I read way more...
Plus blogging, in general, has upped my reading game. Since I started blogging, I read way more each year and this has done nothing but help me in the long run. My knowledge of life and more has expanded because of this.
Writing empowers me.
When I blog and my readers actually care what I have to say is a huge confidence booster. It makes me feel like people actually care. If I can help anyone in life feel better this is the greatest life accomplishment for me.
Purposeful writing has psychological benefits such as lowering anxiety, reducing ruminative thoughts and depressive symptoms. Writing offers a unique sense of purpose and achievement, and the opportunity to develop important and rewarding writing skills.
I can attest to this fact being completely true because there are many times when I have used my blog and writing to be a coping skill when I am depressed or anxious.... after, I immediately feel better.
Helps me to learn more about myself
Blogging has been a great way for me to self-reflect on my life and the many struggles that come with it. It helps me to express myself freely without the fear of being judged.
I Blog for my Mental Health
The American Psychological Association (APA) even supports expressing our thoughts and feelings in expressive arts that include blogging, journaling, art, music, theatre, and dance.
Blogging allows me to process grow, connect, and in return leads to healing for me.
Just the act of writing helps to slow down my brain. Slowing the brain down increases that healing response in my nervous system, which in turn brings healing to my mind, body, and spirit.Blogging actually helps to lessen my social anxiety and emotional distress.
NEVER FORGET YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF