How Blogging Helped Me Keep My Sanity

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Life is not a walk in the park. There will always be times when we encounter problems and trials. However, there are times when our problems can seem so large that it feels like we can’t go on anymore. It is during times like this when we need to have an outlet or else we’d just go crazy.

My life isn’t perfect. It never was and it never will be. Like you I have had my share of ups and downs. 5 years ago I discovered something about my family that shook my world. I was still in college then. I was so busy with graduation, school activities and my business of selling indoor fountains and glass vases I thought I had everything going for me. I had good grades, great friends and a bright future. Then over sem-break my mom revealed that my father owed millions to his business partner. This shocking news affected the entire family greatly. I wanted to solve it but I didn’t know how. I wanted to forget it but I knew that wouldn’t help matters. The enormity of it just seemed to consume me. I felt like my world was crashing down on me. I needed to have an outlet. So I turned to the one thing that I did best. I turned to blogging.

Everyday at the crack of dawn while everybody was still asleep I would turn on my laptop, go online and start writing like crazy. I didn’t advertise my blog. I just wanted an outlet for all this emotional turmoil within me. I went on with my life. But I never forgot to blog everyday.

Mom had to go to a different country to work off our debt while dad stayed here to manage our family business.  It was a long process but eventually our family crisis got resolved. When I think about it now, it seems like a bad faraway memory. It almost seems like it never happened. But it did and what got me through the entire experience was blogging.

There are 3 main reasons why blogging is a big help when you are going through something.

  1. Blogging acts as a catharsis for your emotions. It permits you to pour out your hurts, doubts and fears on paper. Whenever I write I always feel better afterwards. I guess that’s why I write more often when I’m depressed.
  2. Blogging helps you figure things out. When your problem remains in your head it can seem insurmountable. But when you put it on paper, you’ll find that it’s actually not as bad as it seems. Once you have figured out the crux of your problem you can then begin writing out solutions to it.
  3. Blogging can help others. I’ve been messaged by people I didn’t know thanking me for sharing my blog to them. Most of those people were going through a similar ordeal and just knowing that they weren’t alone helped them get through it. By sharing your problems and how you’ve overcome them you are also helping other people.

What about you? Are you going through emotion struggles right now? Do you have a problem that seems so gigantic you can’t even look at it? Then if you love to write then you might want to try blogging. It might help you keep your sanity like it did mine.

Guest Bio: Written by Amy Fountain.

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