Depression and anxiety are like invisible diseases that can literally be crippling. It is something no one understands until they experience it themselves or have to deal with it on a personal level. Beating it is not as simple as just “cheering up” just like “walking it off” does not work if you have a broken ankle.
From natural solutions to therapy and even medication, there are tons of things you can do to battle depression and anxiety, and no one solution is right for everyone. One solution is blogging. Many times, writing things down and sharing them with others, while not a complete answer can be a part of a holistic solution.
How does that work, and how to you even get started blogging to beat depression and anxiety? Here are some common tips.
First of all, you will need to set things up in order to get a blog started. This involves a few simple steps, but ones that you must follow.
- Choose and Purchase a Domain Name: Be sure this is something relevant to anxiety or depression, or even your name. It should be simple, relevant, and represent the message you are trying to get across.
- Set up Hosting: You will need some kind of hosting, and choosing the right one can simply be a matter of money at first, but you may need more features like dedicated hosting down the line, so make sure the host you choose offers these services.
- Design your Site: You can design your website yourself with some simple templates offered by many providers. If you want something more individualized, you can hire someone to create your site for you.
Once you have your site set up, you can get started. So what is next?
What to Write About
Unfortunately, when it comes to depression and anxiety, there is a lot of misinformation out there. At the same time, there are many great solutions you can write about as well. So where do you start?
First, write about your own experiences, and the struggles you have been through. Share with your readers the reason you are blogging, and why you do the other things you do. They will not only be inspirational, but they will allow the reader to get to know who you are. This enables them to empathize and respond emotionally to what you are writing.
The key is that people connect with you because of why you do what you do, not what you actually do. This is why it is important to focus on why you are blogging: not for glory, not for your own ego, but to help yourself and others deal with anxiety and depression.
Building Your Community
As you blog both honestly and with the purpose of helping others, you will begin to naturally build a community, but you want to take steps to do this on purpose as well. This means sharing your posts on social media, in groups, and with hashtags that will help it reach those you want to share it with. In order for this to work, you will need to know something about social media, and be following those hashtags and groups anyway.
If you aren’t, get familiar with them. Not only will you learn something and find a larger community of your own, but you will get an idea about what to share on your own blog, and the things others have shared.
You will find that your community can talk back to you as well, through social media and other means like comments on your blog and even email and direct messages. This can be a great thing for you, as this live empathy, feedback, and encouragement can help you battle your own depression and anxiety.
The goal of your blog is to help you deal with anxiety and depression, not make it worse. Don’t stress over your blog or allow it to become a source of anxiety. Don’t allow yourself to get depressed if things are not going exactly your way. Take a break if you need to and ask for encouragement from your community when you need it.
The key is to be relaxed and natural with your blogging. The reasons behind it are to help yourself and help others. Don’t let the work of blogging get you down and take away your focus on the real reason you started in the first place.
Sometimes this means some daily meditation, or taking a week or two off from posting, or even taking a social media fast a few times a month. Don’t let your blog be a problem when it is supposed to be part of a solution.
Get Help Along the Way
You cannot do it all yourself. As much as we all want to be independent, the larger your following and the bigger your blog, the more likely it is that you will need help. Whether that is from monitoring and answering comments and emails or creating content, bringing someone else into your process almost always has immediate benefits.
This is where your community often comes in. You will find your best contributors and those who can assist you with administration and other tasks among their ranks. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find the right help immediately. There is some effort required to find those who will share your vision, goals, and voice.
You will also still need to continue your other forms of treatment. Blogging cannot replace that, so be sure to continue to get professional and medical help along with dietary and other solutions.
Blogging can be a great way to beat anxiety and depression, but you will need to stick with it. Get going, build your community, relax, and get the help you need along the way. You’ll be healthier for it in the long run.