Post-natal Anxiety & Me – How Blogging Helped my Anxiety

Post-natal Anxiety (1)

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.

Have a lovely day.

 

 

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  1. April 30, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    I never thought I was doing it for this reason, but I think I am too. I don’t openly suffer from anxiety but having the twins and being home more has given me less confidence and more time to think too. I love blogging and reaching out to people who feel the same. Love this post and I am sure a lot of people will be able to relate to it too. Jess xx
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    • May 1, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Thanks Jess. I think that’s the thing- when you have a lot of time at home with babies, there is a lot of time to think and over think! Blogging gives you something constructive to think about rather than worrying. Thanks for commenting xx

  2. May 3, 2015 / 4:35 am

    One of the things that caught my attention was that you said you felt that you spent a lot of time on your own with Sam right after he was born. Do you think blogging makes you feel more connected to others and less alone? I certainly felt that way during our middle-of-the-night marathon nursing sessions! Thanks for linking up at #TwinklyTuesday.
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    • May 3, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      Definitely! It’s nice to know there are other mums are out there to chat to even if they aren’t in your living room! x

  3. July 22, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing Rachel! It’s not always the easiest thing to talk about. I have anxiety too so I know how you feel about blogging and mental health. I think it’s a great way to ease the symptoms.

    I’m actually including your post in one of mine (it goes live on 25/7). I’m writing about the benefits blogging has on mental health.

    Thanks again for sharing! Keep up the great work 🙂

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