How blogging has helped my mental health.

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Hello everyone, hope you're all fabulous and had a lovely day. 


Today's post is something that I felt is quite important to talk about. You might not all be able to relate to it but I wanted to share with you how blogging has helped my mental health. You can see my post about my mental health story here - but I wanted to go into one of the main coping methods that has been one of the biggest steps for me in my journey. 

Back at the beginning of the year when my mental health was getting worse and worse I felt like there was nothing that could take this away from me, I felt as if I was stuck feeling like this and nothing and no one could help me. Of course I'm always going to have 'bad' days and I still struggle with many things because of my anxiety but I have gotten a lot better and I've started to do things I thought I'd never be able to do. When I first reached out for help there were a few things I did - reached out to a friend, went to the doctors, read self-help books, took advice from family and loved ones - a big part of my journey was starting this blog. I have had this blog for a few years now but it was only at the end of March this year that I got back to it and decided to tell the world my story and now I blog about mental health. 



Blogging - the beginning. 

In March I decided to write up a blog post about what I had been going through and my experience and then in April I decided to publish it. I remember the day so well, it was utterly terrifying. The thought of people I knew knowing about what I had been going through was the biggest fear for me, I had to go to work the next day and let me tell you I was scared. However the response I got was absolutely amazing, everyone was so lovely and supportive and people started speaking out about what they had/have been going through too - and you know what, it was like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. It was the start to me getting better. 

Writing blog posts is such a calming and relaxing experience for me, it can be a way to get what's on your mind out in front of you - and I don't always publish everything I write, sometimes I type things up because I need to get something off my chest and it's there for me to look back on.

Ways blogging has helped: 

🖉Helps me put all my worries and stresses in one place. So as I said above I don't have to publish everything I type up - but when I'm stressing about something or I have something on my mind that is causing me so much worry it helps me to write it down. You also don't have to be a blogger to do this, you can write on a notepad on your computer or just grab a pen and paper and write them down. 

Also once you have it all written out in front of you, you can start writing solutions next to them. You don't have to just have the one solution either, small step by step goals can be amazing. I know personally if I'm worrying about something that will take me a long time to reach the point where I've stopped worrying about it, when I achieve small steps towards it, I feel better. 


🖉Helps me to understand mental health. If you haven't read any of my blog posts before you wouldn't know this, but because I like to write informative posts about ways to feel more positive, or how certain things can help with mental health - such as music, video games, pets etc, I do a lot of research before I publish any of my posts. This means that I am learning so much myself before I even start writing out the blog post! I never knew the ins and outs of what getting enough sleep does to our bodies and our mental well-being - but now I know loads about it. So because of this extensive research it helps me to understand it and because I decide to publish what I learn it helps all of you out too! 

When I wasn't at my best I remember thinking to myself, I wouldn't want anyone to go through this. As I was getting better and improving I wanted others to know what I had/have been doing to help me so that I could hopefully help and inspire others. 


🖉Has helped me to become more creative and gives me a purpose. I have always been a creative person but I never really pursued it. When I was at school I loved doing Art and Graphics and I was actually pretty good at drawing and thinking up creative ideas. However I stopped doing that - I would definitely need to get practising drawing if I wanted to get good at it again - but it's possible. Starting my blog I realised how much I love writing, when I was younger I wrote so many stories, I also started writing a fiction piece and I hand wrote about 400 pages! (I have never finished it though.) So starting this blog and writing these positive and informative posts is something that I love to do. It gives me a space to show my creativity and I can show people what I am good at. 

Also as I said, it gives me a purpose. What I mean by this is that it's something that keeps me going. If I didn't have a blog to write out posts on it would really affect my mental well-being. I don't mean to say that I'm relying on it a hundred percent to make me feel better but it's something to keep me busy. Of course you don't have to be a blogger either to do this, get yourself a journal where you can write and get your creativeness out on paper. 



🖉Connecting with others. One of the biggest things I have learnt about blogging is that there are so many bloggers out there! Sometimes when you feel like you have no one to turn to or you feel alone, it's so lovely to know that you can speak to other bloggers. I have come across so many who write about their mental health and sometimes all you need is that blog post from someone else to know that you're not alone, others are trying to get through the same thing as you. You get so much support from others and it really helps to inspire and motivate you to become more positive and learn about self-care. 



I could definitely write pages and pages of how blogging has helped my mental health and I'm sure so many of you can relate to this or if not learn how blogging can be a big help! I hope you enjoyed reading this post! 

My self-care recommendation: 


Today I am recommending these Stress Less cards. They're so good to have in your bag whilst you're out and about or if you're at home and you really need something to help you feel less anxious or less stressed. They each have little self-care steps and mini activities for you to do. They also look super cute but are incredibly helpful. Check them out here: 




Has blogging helped you? Is it something you have ever thought about starting? Let me know in the comments below!

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62 comments

  1. This is such a wonderful post and I'm so glad that blogging has helped you with your mental health. I find that blogging and creativity also helps to give me a sense of purpose and both have also really improved my confidence levels. Its so nice to hear someone else point of view.

    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. Ahh thank you! Blogging has been such a positive experience for me and I'm glad it has helped you too! xx

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  2. i love this post and could really connect with it. blogging has honestly saved my life because along with getting help from a doctor blogging has turned my mental health around. Knowing my story helps people is incredible and makes me want to keep sharing. I agree with every point you have especially the one about feeling like you have a purpose. I am religious and I have said many times on my blog and to my friends that I think God put my blog in my life for a reason, that at this moment in time it’s what i’m meant to be doing. I really really loved this post, i’d like to share it on my instagram stories if that’s alright with you?? xxx

    mich / simplymich.com

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    1. Aww thank you so much! I'm glad you could connect with it, it's honestly been a life saver for me too. Really helped me to get onto a path of recovery and it makes me so happy that I can help others too with it. I'm so glad blogging has helped you! And yes of course you can share it on your Instagram stories - that's so lovely of you. xxx

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  3. I can see you are really putting your heart into your blog posts. Your doing great. Blogging has been great for me too. It has been a special way for me to be more involved with my kids lives. I blog about activities and crafts for kids, and have them participate.

    -busytykes
    www.busytykes.com

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    1. Thank you!! I'm glad it has been good for you too! xx

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  4. Blogging can help so much, just being able to get everything out and on to a screen. Great post =)
    Hayley x

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  5. I love reading posts like this. Although I don't struggle personally, it makes me so happy reading about how blogging has had such a positive impact on people's lives. I'm glad it's helped you find a purpose and a creative outlet x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Me too, they're always so uplifting and positive to read. Glad you enjoyed reading it :) xx

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  6. It was wonderful to read your article.

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  7. Loved reading this Chloe and I think it's seriously a great way to get all your thoughts together! I also love how supporting everyone is and finding that more people actually relate and it's not just you! Wow I did not know you took Arts and Graphics at school, I took graphic design when I was in high school and I also really enjoyed it! I'm glad to have come across your blog, I think your research really shows through your posts! ❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I loved art and graphics at school, they were my favourite lessons! But then I never persued them after that which is a shame! I think doing art at school was always just so relaxing. Thank you so much ❤xx

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  8. I believe blogging offers a wide group of friends. It also enhances your creativity. I am glad you found blogging so helpful. I like your idea about the Stess Less Cards. I was not aware of them.

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    1. It certainly does! And yes I love those stress less cards, they're so helpful and you can carry them around wherever you go! xx

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  9. The first stages of blogging can be a bit frightening because we're worried that people won't like our content. That's okay - it takes time to overcome that and it doesn't take long because the blogging community is filled with a lot of supportive individuals. I'm glad you learned more about mental health through blogging and love that blogging helped you through it. It's always nice to connect with other bloggers and learning about how they overcome their challenges as well. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Yeah blogging can be so terrifying to begin with! But as you say, everyone is so supportive that you soon realise you have nothing to worry about when it comes to blogging. Thank you for reading! ❤ xx

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  10. Blogging has totally helped me too, it is like an online journal- a space to release stress whilst being creative! It also allows me to connect with others who share my experiences etc.. Xx

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  11. I really enjoyed this read. Blogging is amazing and can teach us so much. I love that you can use it as a coping mechanism to over come anxiety. Proud of you! I love that first image by the way. It's beautifully laid out :)

    Rach

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    1. Thank you! It certainly is amazing, it's been a big help for me - thank you <3 It's a lovely image isn't it! I get a lot of mine from unsplash as they're free images to use so I can't take the credit of how it is all laid out but it's great! xx

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  12. Amazing post, so glad to hear blogging has helped you so much. I dread to think where I'd be right now if it wasn't for my blog - it really and truly got me out of an incredibly dark place and I'm so grateful.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad it has helped you too <3 xx

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  13. Wow, what a great post! I started blogging to help cope with my grief, anxiety and depression. I have always loved to write, but it was not until my mother passed away that I turned to writing as my sense of comfort. After writing in my journals for about a year, I decided to start blogging in order to inspire others as well as meet other bloggers like yourself. Keep writing for peace and happiness.

    Latisha
    https://renewinspiration.com

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    1. Aw thank you!! It's such a great platform, and I was the same really, tried out blogging as a way to help me and then it changed to helping me and others too! xx

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  14. This is a really empowering post Chloe. Blogging has helped my mental health too. I was utterly terrified when I first published my most personal post when I first started blogging but I am so glad that I did! It really related to people and came across well thankfully! xx

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much! Yeah it is such a scary thing to begin with isn't it! So glad I did it though, I am glad it has helped you too! xx

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  15. Definitely agree with the 'having a purpose' part (well, all of them really!). Blogging really helped me because it means that I now have something to focus on! xx

    Hope you're okay lovely! xx

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    1. I'm glad it has helped you too! Aww thank you, I'm doing good! xx

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  16. Such a lovely post and I completely relate. Blogging has been great for my mental health for somewhere to vent to and something to keep me motivated. So glad you shared this :)

    www.hannahcozens.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad it has been good for you too, thank you for reading :) xx

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  17. This is such an amazing post, and I can totally relate to everything you've said! I started my blog for a similar reason, and used it as a distraction essentially! It's a great way to focus and meet new people, Thankyou for sharing x

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    1. Aww thank you! Yeah it's definitely a good distraction, thank you for reading :) xx

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  18. It's so great that blogging has helped to improve your mental health. I always find that writing things down helps me to make sense of everything going round in my head.

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

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    1. Yeah definitely agree, always helpful to write things down! xx

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  19. I love the connections that blogging brings! I'm so glad its helpful for you! take care xx

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    1. Me too, it's amazing how lovely everyone is <3 Thank you! xx

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  20. Blogging is a lifeline and a form of expression for so many people with mental health problems (myself included!) and it's also important for us to talk and to continue to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health. You're amazing - take care.

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    1. It's definitely so important to talk about it and break down the stigma's, thank you for reading, you're also amazing! xx

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  21. This is a great post, thank you for sharing! I found this so interesting! I find it does help my mental health to write my worries or stresses down.
    Lauren | www.bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. Aww thank you!! It's a great way to get everything that's going on in our heads out and put into words. xx

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  22. This is such a positive and uplifting post Chloe, I'm so glad that blogging has helped your mental health. I feel the same way too, even though I don't write much about mental health on my blog, just being creative helps me focus on something and forget about my stress and worries for a while. Thank you for sharing, I always enjoy reading your posts, keep up the great work girl <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Aw thank you <3 Yeah exactly, you don't have to write about mental health but just blogging in general can really help us to have something to focus on and bring out our creativity. Thank you for reading, you're fab!! xx

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  23. Hi Chloe.. wonderful share. i feel the same whenever i blog. i feel good, nice to be here.
    made lot many friends. my blogging gave me a recognition in my community. only yesterday the priest celebrating the eucharistic celebration, in the middle of hi homily kind of declared , that i write amazing article. the congregation just turned their heads. mom n husband n daughter were so emotional.. blogging truly has brought peace n joy. i m just loving it.
    All the best to u too

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    1. Thank you. That's so sweet, I'm so glad blogging has bought you peace and joy, carry on doing what you love! xx

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  24. This is a great post, thank you for sharing! I find it does help my stress and anxiety to blog.

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  25. This post is amazing and it helps people so much, and I can fully agree blogging does help, for me it also stops me thinking and gives me something else to think about. Thank you for writing this x

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    1. Aw thank you so much! Yeah exactly, it is a great distraction and sometimes we need that! Thank you for reading :) xx

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  26. I'm so glad to read that you find that it has helped you in a lot of different ways. I think blogging has helped me do something once a week. I make sure I have a post up every week, even when I don't feel like it. I hope I can continue to stick to that, because I do struggle with just wanting to put the duvet over my head and wishing the world would go away most of the time. Getting out of bed is a win in my book most days, but I do want to keep trying to post.. even if nobody reads it or my blog doesn't go anywhere, I think it's important to do it for me.


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    1. I'm glad that blogging is helping you too! Sometimes just getting out of bed is something worth celebrating. And definitely, I feel like that's how a blog should be treated, you post because you want to, and you post what you like to write about because it's your blog and the most important thing is that you're doing it for yourself. xx

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  27. This is a wonderful post Chloe. I completely agree that writing things down is incredibly helpful for mental health. I’m also excited to check out the stress less cards! I’ve never heard of them before.
    Jess xx
    www.jessicakatie.com

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    1. Aw thank you! They're such amazing cards, so helpful! xx

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  28. Great post and writing things down can help. Love the idea of writing a solution next to them!

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    1. Glad you liked it! Always a great idea to write out solutions too, helps clear the mind :) xx

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  29. I'm so happy for you that blogging helped you with mental health. It's a wonderful way to express yourself :)

    Laura / https://laustworld.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you, it is a wonderful platform to express yourself on! xx

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  30. I totally agree! Blogging has for sure helped me too. Especially because of all of the wonderful people I have met through blogging, and also reading other peoples posts about similar situations to myself. Great post! x

    Brenna - bandiablog.com

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    1. Glad it has helped you too! Thank you, glad you liked the post :) xx

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  31. Love this post! I related to a lot of this. Thanks for putting this all into words and then sharing it with us :)

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    1. Thank you! No worries, glad you liked it :) xx

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