Writing and Blogging Frees Your Mind
The thought that writing and blogging frees your mind may sound a little quirky, like something out of the movie the Matrix. I understand if that's what you thought when you first saw the headline to this post.
But please bear with me on this one. Here's a question for you. You have ideas bouncing around inside your head all day?
You ever been diagnosed as having ADD?
I haven’t, but if there really is such a disorder then I’m pretty sure that I’ve got it.
But one thing I know is that writing and blogging frees your mind. It's helped me to get what's bouncing around in there out and provided me with a great opportunity to share what I'm thinking with others and helped me to focus.
You see, as far back as I can remember, I’ve been the type of person who gets an idea to start some sort of project, hype myself up for doing it, tell a whole lot of people about it, and within a few months that idea is tossed aside and I’m on to something else.
Of course, I know I’m not unique that way. There’re millions of people just like me. Hopefully, you’re one of ‘em. Because one of the things that I find really helps me get all of those ideas I have out is to write about them.
In school, I was fairly skilled at writing stories. Literature was always one of my favourite subjects and writing book reviews in the voice of one of the characters in the story was something I loved doing.
Now, at 55, I still love reading, although my focus has changed from fiction to mostly books on business, and anything related to Internet Marketing, Sales (which I coach people in doing), and in the past 3 or 4 years in particular, I’ve done a lot of reading and research on the subject of Content Marketing.
What I’ve discovered is that when I sit down to write and just let everything I’ve got in my head come out, it doesn’t just provide me with a platform to express myself to others, but it’s extremely cathartic.
I’m quite an emotional person and I’m a people lover too. I find that writing really frees my mind of both thoughts and emotions and is a super way for me to relieve stress.
Regularly exercising is another way I like to relieve stress, but that’s a subject for another post on another day.
Writing and blogging frees your mind and is good for your psychological health
Whenever I sit down to write and just let whatever comes to mind move my fingers over the keyboard, which is actually happening right now, I feel really good. There's almost a high that I experience from writing down what I'm thinking.
How about you? Is that how you feel when you write too? If so, please share your experiences about how writing makes you feel in the comments section at the end of this post. I want to hear from you.
There has been quite a bit of research done on how writing affects the brain and the mood and it seems to indicate that there are real psychological benefits to writing.
Have a read of 10 Surprising Benefits You'll Get From Keeping A Journal. It's an interesting article that highlights how writing can help to even improve IQ.
Besides perhaps raising your IQ, writing can also benefit you in the area of emotional and physical healing. The Huff Post Healthy Living section stated:
"Expressive writing is a route to healing -- emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Dr. James Pennebaker, author of Writing to Heal, has seen improved immune function in participants of writing exercises. Stress often comes from emotional blockages, and overthinking hypotheticals. He explains, "When we translate an experience into language we essentially make the experience graspable." And in doing so, you free yourself from mentally being tangled in traumas.
Studies have also shown that the emotional release from journaling lowers anxiety, stress, and induces better sleep."
So, if you're not writing yet and you want to avoid becoming a mental basket case, what are you waiting for? Start writing!
What if your writing skills are atrocious?
No writing skills? Great!
I'm not joking around. If you really feel you don't have the skills to write well then you're in a great place.
At least that's my opinion and I'm stickin' to it.k
If you don't know how to write, your more specifically, you think you don't know how to write, you're way ahead of most people. You know why?
'Cause if you think your writing skills are atrocious and you start writing anyway, what's going to come out of your mind an on to the paper or computer screen?
The real you! So for the moment, forget about the fact that you've never taken any writing lessons and just write what you're thinking. Write like you're talking to your best friend. You'll be amazed at how that style of writing resounds with others and attracts readers.
Really, there's nothings worse than a person who's writing and trying to be a 'professional writer.'
I mean a person who's purposely trying to sound like a sage, like an eminent member of the snobby writer's guild.
If you try writing like someone else, or in a voice that you think will appeal to other people, you're writing is going to sound contrived. People who read it will see right through you. It's pretty obvious when someone's writing is not natural.
There's nothing wrong with being completely yourself when you write and most people will appreciate you for writing naturally.
It's similar to what I wrote about Donald Trump in my previous blog post What Would Donald Trump Say About Your Content Creation?
"A great takeaway from Mr. Trump and for your content creation is to throw away the filter.
Use your own voice when writing your content and people will feel connected with you because you're being real."
Real is better than fake, any day of the week. So if you want to take some writing lessons to learn how to express yourself more clearly, or to simplify your writing, or even to know how to identify what your writing voice should be, that's no problem.
But in the end, remember that your best writing for a blog is going to be when the real you is coming out on the page. That's what we want to read.
And it can really free your mind too!