How Blogging Has Helped with My Depression
It's no secret that I suffer from bouts of depression. And since I've been blogging, it's gotten a lot easier to deal with. This journey has not been the easiest, but I still appreciate all the hardships I've endured. Why? Because I get to share my story with other single moms like you.
Luckily enough, since I've been blogging I've been rewarded with the occasional email of how my blog has helped them with their own depression. It's good to know that while I'm really blogging to help with my own demons, I'm helping another mother fight hers as well.
I initially started my blog with the intent of getting my thoughts off paper and here online. Then as was writing my story, I knew I really wanted to share with other single moms. I had suffered in silence for months, unable to articulate what I was feeling to my family and having to be brave and strong for my children.
And since I've been on this journey I've encountered countless other single moms who went through the exact same thing. No one wants to bother there family with the pain they're going through or tell them about the help that they need. I couldn't. And even with going to therapy, blogging was an effective was to communicate what I was going through, and by doing so letting other single moms know that it is okay to share their pain.
How Journaling helps with Depression
It all started with a few journals. I wasn't brave enough to lay my life's story online just yet. Afraid of sounding whiny and looking for attention. So whenever I had a moment to myself between feedings, diaper changes and work; I would write. Honestly, I am so glad I did start with a regular journal than putting it online. My journal is my own. I own all rights and the content is original. It would only be lost if I threw it away.
But with everything being online nowadays, you risk it all with algorithm changes and the public's lack of interest in that particular platform anymore. The internet is ever changing, always evolving. With my journals I'm able to look back on the hard times I've been through and have been able to produce content for this very blog.
If you're not quite brave enough to lay it all out online begin with journaling. Journaling can do great things for your mental health. It can spark creativity, solve a problem, shine a light on toxic behaviors, emotions, and patterns. Take a look at how far you've come and all the challenges you've faced.
Whether you suffer from an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, ADD, or depression, journaling may be of benefit to you. There is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being.
The University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, acting as a stress management tool, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
Keeping a journal allows you to track trends, improvements, and growth over time. Removing mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself. You can write about events that have impacted your life, inner thoughts, creative ideas, a recap of your day, or goals you want to achieve.
Journaling can do great things for your mental health. Take it slow and don't be too hard on yourself. A good way to start journaling is giving yourself a time limit of 10 to 20 minutes.
Thinking about starting a mom blog?
Well if you are ready to take the leap and make your place on the interwebs, you should definitely start a blog. When I wanted to start blogging properly so that my ideal audience, you, could fine me, I research the best blogging course a blogger could take. Enter Elite Blog Academy. EBA is legit the best blogging course I've taken which explains the pricey price tag, but it was a worthy purchase. It gives you a step-by-step framework with tons of video, fill-in-the-blank workbooks and templates for turning your blog into a business.
If you are not ready to commit to the price, check out Twins Mommy. Elna Cain gives TONS of free content on how to make it in the blogosphere. I mean if you are going to blog, and want your message to resonate with other moms like yourself, you might as well do it right.
Though there seems to be more good days than bad as of lately, my journey with depression is far from over. Mental health care takes daily work, even on days when I don't feel like it I must. If you have been following the blog for the last 18 months it's been live I'm sure you've noticed the lack of posts here and there.
Believe me when I say it is not because I'm too tired or being lazy. Sometimes I just don't have it in me to do anything beyond my required duties as a mom. However I am determined to keep at this blogging journey. I still have so much to say!
I'm Daisha Renee; single mama, foodie, and lover of yoga. Here on the blog, I love providing powerful solutions for overwhelmed single moms who struggle with balancing all the components of single motherhood. If social media is your thing, I would love it if you would come hang with me in my Facebook Group. I can't wait to meet you!