What can you do to alleviate the symptoms of depression? Therapy, medication and exercise can be very helpful. I use therapy and medication, but I also write a blog. Writing this blog has been very helpful to me during my recent period of depression. In this article, I’ll outline some of the benefits that can come from writing a blog when you are depressed.
If you’re suffering from depression at the moment, the thought of writing a blog might seem like an overwhelming challenge . If that’s the case, then don’t worry. Wait until you’re ready to cope with the idea. While you’re waiting, reading about the benefits of writing a blog might cheer you up a little, and give you something to look forward to in the future.
Here are 5 benefits that can come from writing a blog when you are depressed:
Distraction gets a bad press these days. With the rise of the internet, people often lament how easily distracted they can become. However, when you are depressed, distraction can be a huge relief.
The thoughts and feelings that come with a depressive illness are very unpleasant, and also very repetitive. They keep going around and around, and depressed people often long for an escape from that endless cycle. Writing a blog post can help draw your attention away from those horrible thoughts.
It may be that your blog post is about ducks, films, or just an expression of how you feel. Your blog can be about anything. If your blog is about ducks, when you write your posts, you’ll be too busy thinking about ducks, to be thinking about your depression.
But if your post is an expression of how you feel, that can be a distraction too, as writing something down in the blogging format will require you to think about other things, such as images (perhaps in the form of photos and drawings), grammar, spelling and other bloggedy-type things which you’ll discover when you start a blog. These things are all useful means of distraction.
2. Community Blogging is a great way to connect with people that have similar interests to you. When it comes to depression, you’ll quickly discover that there’s lots of people who also suffer from this illness, and most of them will be happy to chat with you. You’re not alone!
You can use a blog to remind yourself about what is good in life, and what is good about you.
I found that writing humorous/silly stories and sketches on my blog (that weren’t necessarily related to depression) helped me to express myself, and to remind me about what is good in life.
If you can’t think of anything that you want to express, try some things out. Try out photography, drawing, painting, poetry, fiction, a personal memoir, or anything at all! All of it can be content for your blog.
Don’t worry if you aren’t particularly computer-minded. Writing a blog is a learning experience, and learning to do something new when you’re depressed can be a great boost to your self-esteem, not to mention your resume/CV.
5. Clothing Optional
You don’t have to dress up in a suit and tie to write a blog. You can blog in your pyjamas. You could even write a blog while wearing nothing at all. I wouldn’t advise this if you have housemates, however.
When it comes to your blog, you run the show. You decide when you blog, where you blog, what you blog about, and what you wear to do it.
I hope this article has given you something positive to think about. Hopefully, you’ll be forming some ideas about what you might write about in a future blog. Or maybe you’re going to start right now. Either way, I hope you have fun with it, and that it helps you to feel a little better, one post at a time.