“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
Although these words were once said hundreds of years ago by the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth, they still ring true today.
Now, more than ever, is a time to reflect and take the opportunity to document how you’re feeling. But rather than the familiar pen and paper, why not get these thoughts of yours online?
Whereas journals and diaries remain private, blogging has the advantage of being public, i.e. what you write is shared with others. Think of it as being handed someone’s personal diary, albeit in a virtual way.
The beauty of blogging is that anyone can do it, from anywhere. And blogging about your feelings and experiences is one of the most therapeutic habits you can form, especially in uncertain times like these.
It should come as no big surprise, then, why so many people turn to blogging to relieve and manage their stress. While stress can manifest itself physically (think high blood pressure, lack of appetite, insomnia, etc.) or mentally (feeling depressed, scared, or panicked), one thing is for certain – it affects everyone, at some point in time or another.
When you start to think of writing (blogging) as your own personal way to navigate stressful times, it starts to be seen as a great form of relief, helping you to overcome life’s many curveballs.
Now let’s dive a little deeper into why blogging is great for relieving stress.
Blogging Creates an Emotional Outlet
Blogging, in its purest form, is about vulnerability.
Sometimes blogging is about sharing a personal story. Sometimes it’s about reinforcing a held perspective. Sometimes, it’s simply unloading what’s currently on your mind.
All of these aforementioned reasons are especially true if you blog for personal reasons. While you may not think of your blog as your “secret diary,” it can certainly serve as an emotional outlet – right up there with exercising, listening to music or having a long chat with a trusted friend.
While studies have continued to show that writing helps people heal emotionally after a traumatic experience, your experiences don’t have to be considered traumatic to write about them. Sometimes it’s more about sharing the everyday minutiae of your life that can be an instant stress-reliever.
Part of being human is that we all experience sadness, anger, confusion, and anxiety. Some, to be fair, feel it more often than others and quite intensely. Others feel these ranges of emotions on occasion. Some report hardly ever feeling this way. But what we can all (hopefully) agree upon is that keeping these emotions inside is the most counterproductive way to dealing with them.
Because when you start getting these all-encompassing feelings in your head out on “virtual” paper, somehow their intensity seems to lessen, allowing you to take a step back and assess what’s really going on. When you keep your thoughts and feelings bottled up inside, they can often cloud your judgment and keep you from seeing the bigger picture.
Blogging also lets you go back and “edit” your thoughts, before you decide to publish. It’s a more objective way of dealing with how you’re feeling, given you can quite literally see your thoughts directly spelled out on the screen in front of you.