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THE THERAPEUTIC VALUE OF BLOGGING

June 18, 2013
Counseling

Counseling

Let’s start with what I’m not suggesting. I am not suggesting that blogging can take the place of a trained professional if your issues are deep and serious enough to require one. There are many benefits from counseling to help a person work through issues or even to just be able to maintain a balanced and healthy perspective on things.

But there are times when it isn’t necessary to vent or unload to someone else – it is more of a need to unburden without there having to be a specific person or place to unburden to. Most certainly there are times we can all relate to when it just feels good to get something said, whether there’s anybody there to listen or not. Well…it’s sort of like that.

Stress

Stress

Some of us might prefer a punching bag or a trip to the movies or the gym. I know there are times when I have preferred large amounts of (you guessed it) chocolate! On a more serious note, music tends to be one of the things that helps me during time of stress, making it and listening to it.

Don’t get me wrong. These things all provide useful ways to relieve stress or take the edge off at times. But when all is said and done, the problems or issues are still there after we do whatever we choose to do to take the edge off.

The reason for this is because I haven’t really given the issue or problem all that much thought or attention. On the contrary…I’ve chosen to escape the problem or issue in order to relieve the immediate stress. So, when I’m done turning my relief valve off, the pressure that caused it in the first place is still there, starting to percolate, possibly a bit further away from the boiling point.

Typing on Keyboard

Typing on Keyboard

Blogging, not only provides an outlet or release from the stress, it also provides time for us to think about and reflect on what we’re writing about. It provides an opportunity for clarity, a different perspective on the underlying problem of the stress.

And that is pretty therapeutic.

Most of us bloggers re-read what we write so we have even more time to reflect on things from this once removed perspective, a great place of objectivity. Very few things can actually help people problem solve more than an objective point of view. Blogging comes with one already built into it. All we have to do is re-read before clicking the “publish” button.

With all the available options on do-it-yourself blogs, we can opt not to receive any comments – something that if we so choose, can make our blogosphere an unconditional place that is 100% non-judgmental. We can vent with a capital “V”. And for those of us who wish to maintain communication with our followers, we may find some pretty useful and helpful advice from people with an interest in the topic we’ve chosen to write about as well as in what we have to say about it.

I can’t stress enough about how I am not advocating blogging as something to take the place of conventional therapy. There are times when we need professional help. Please don’t make light of those times. But there are times when blogging can provide a special type of therapy, giving us the place to say what we feel we have to say and also the space to think about what’s really going on with us so we can help ourselves work through it.

ABOUT ME

I’m a licensed clinical social worker and have worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. I combine professional experience in the mental health field along with my love of writing to provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. I hope my down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life is easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

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