By Jasmine Burroughs
I know it may seem crazy that blogging (something many of us do all the time) can help bring some relief to people with stressful lives. Blogging can be an alternative approach to help get your mind off whatever negative situation you may find yourself dealing with. It allows you to get in the groove of posting every day, connecting with your tribe, and it is just a great way to express yourself.
For so many people, much of their time is spent doing something that takes away much of their joy and happiness—working in a corporate office, stressing over deadlines, and spending time around negative people. And then there are people struggling to pay off debt, worrying about their finances, and stuck in a relationship that has gone sour. When everything starts to pile up, it can seem like you have no where out and nothing to look forward to. This feeling can show up in the form of depression, anxiety, and even negative self-talk.
People who constantly stress can spend much of their time thinking about what happened and what could possibly happen. Obviously, this constant thinking and worrying is not good for their mental and physical well-being. Not only can it put a strain on a person’s overall health, but it can also prevent the person from doing what they love to do.
If you are someone who is struggling to manage your stress then blogging can help you find some peace of mind.
I encourage you to get all of that creative energy out!
1. Let your tribe get a feel of your personality.
Don’t hold back when you create your blog posts. It feels good when you know what your writing voice sounds like. Once you have that down pact, it will start to come out naturally. You will even start to feel like posting some rather personal details about your life. As for me, I love seeing my personality expressed in my articles because it allows my tribe to connect with me online. Try figuring out your writing voice by writing down everything that comes to mind. After you write that really crappy first draft (don’t worry, it’s supposed to be crappy), do your best to edit it so that it sounds more like you.
2. Challenge yourself to post every day.
Once you get in the habit of creating blog posts every day, you will be able get all of those negative thoughts off of your mind and into your blog posts. There are plenty of blog challenges you can participate in. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. After you sign up for the challenges, you will then be able to connect with others for feedback and support. When you get in the habit of posting every day, you will start to feel comfortable creating posts in less than 30 minutes. You can knock a post out in the morning before you start your day. Just knowing that you are being challenged to post on a daily basis can really get your mind off of everything that brings you down.
3. Stay motivated.
Some people find it hard to motivate themselves to write in a regular journal. For some people, it can get rather boring expressing themselves on paper. With there being so many options online to choose from, I think it is a great idea to explore the various blogging platforms. And if you’ve grown tired of just writing then you can always include your Pinterest boards on your blog posts. You can pin photos and positive quotes that will help you to relax.
Remember, always find different ways to manage your stress. I know it can be rough when you have so much weight on your shoulders, but it’s always a good idea to change things up a bit. But if you want to stick to pencil and paper then that is fine. Just have some fun showing your personality and expressing yourself in your writing. In order for you to really see your writing voice, you will have to continue to challenge yourself to write every day. Try to stick with topics you are passionate about. When you feel good expressing yourself you will start to feel a sense of relief. Your online tribe will see just how creative you are!
Here is one of my Pinterest boards:
Written for A Life of Peace Journal