Post-natal Anxiety & Me – How Blogging Helped my Anxiety
The dictionary definition of anxiety is:
distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.
As I have said in previous posts one of the main reasons that anxiety took over me after I had Little Man was because I had a lot of time on my own or in the house just with Little Man. I am a worrier by nature but with a lot of time to think, the general worrying tendencies turned into full on anxiety about everything and everything.
When I started blogging the only link I made with my anxiety was making others aware of post natal anxiety and helping people if I could now that I was a little better. I still get bouts of anxiety sometimes and have ways of relaxing and dealing with it but I have realised that one of the things that has really helped me is blogging. I just wanted to blog to document our little life together as family and as I say, to help where I could people with post natal anxiety.
As many of us already know, blogging is therapeutic, there is nothing better after a bad day with your toddler writing about it or sharing a good mummy moment but it seems it goes deeper than that with me. Subconsciously I have been filling my ‘quiet time’ with blogging which in turn has been keeping my anxiety at bay a lot of the time. It has been great to find a ‘technique’ to use against my anxiety without even realising.
I guess what I wanted to share with you is if you suffer from anxiety or something similar, try writing. It doesn’t have to be blogging; putting it out there for everyone to read. It could just be in a notebook for you to get your feelings out or just writing about anything that takes your fancy. Personally I think the fact that I don’t write about anxiety the majority of the time is a positive thing for me as I don’t have to think about it. When I do write about it, it is when I feel in the right mindset to do it.
So go ahead, give it a go. Grab a notebook or your laptop and write, you might find it helps you without even realising just like me.