Blogging As An Online Therapy

Blogging is a new digital activity most millennials are aware of. It serves as a digital diary or online journal where the blogger or writer and owner of the blog site share their thoughts and experiences with the intention of inspiring other people who visit their blog. Nowadays, the internet is laden with too many blogs, and some are personal while others are group or company blogs. Each blogger has their reason for why they build a blog, and it can be easily detected on the articles that they post on a regular basis. In this article, we shall discuss why blogging can serve beneficial effects on one’s mental health.

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The Bloggger’s Platform

Writing on what transpired in your daily life not only documents your activities but it can also unload the emotional burden that you are feeling. Whether you are telling about a promotion you got or a quarrel between your partner, or perhaps having a hard time preparing your grocery list – all are recordings of what happened during the day and will forever be etched in your blog. Your readers will get a glimpse of what your life is and somehow can relate themselves to what you are going through. Some blogs give inspiration to others because they are not only sharing their problems but also giving out advice, the best action to take, and lessons learned from the experience. These types of blogs have become part of their daily readings, and somehow a connection to the blogger has been established just by reading his/her articles.

“There’s a lot of science grounding expressive language writing and journaling as being an extremely helpful piece for maintaining mental wellness,” says Deborah Serani, PsyD. That is why she continues to encourage people to try expressive arts such as blogging, taking art or dance classes, or journaling. “You don’t want patients just to use their 50-minute session to process what’s going on in their lives. Instead, we should be helping them create a toolbox of ways to express themselves that they can use not only outside of therapy but in place of therapy at some point,” says Serani.

Moreover, blogging has contributed a lot to society. It has become an instrument in the promotion and awareness of mental health. This platform of information dissemination offers an immediate resource to someone who is having psychological distress and can provide some useful advice as soon as the person needs them.

All About Privacy

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Some bloggers prefer to remain anonymous to give them more freedom to post about their life without a filter. While others believe that by posting their real identities (some even have their self-portraits and family photos made available), they can easily connect with their readers and establish a personal relationship. This grows its network and communication is enhanced through commenting and even exchanging emails. Either way, the reason why a blogger writes remain, and that is to share their life events or daily encounters for the world to read.

On the other hand, Dr. Stephanie Smith, a clinical psychologist, says, “Social media can be a good adjunct to treatment, but not necessarily a replacement. If online support and resources are all that some people can manage, then I think it’s important we support them in that.”

Important Considerations

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There are certain limitations that one needs to observe while blogging. Writing down your thoughts and emotions have proven to have positive effects on psychological distress. However, one should be aware that if you blog, the breadth of your readers is enormous. If you want to talk about a bad experience, it is better to focus on your emotions rather than talking about the person that caused that distress. For some value, their privacy and berating about the person online can have some serious complications. The online community is not a doctor’s office where doctor-patient confidentiality guards your information. Always remember the privacy of other individuals. If the person has created extensive trauma, physical or psychological injury towards you, then it is proper to report them to specific authorities.

“Writing to myself is like having a conversation with my true self. Intimately revealing and increasing present moment awareness, it is just as helpful as meditation, visualization, or yoga in relieving stress. Writing to oneself can also help one work through depression or deepening intimacy with a partner.” – Aqsa Zareen Farooqui, LPC.