How blogging & social media has actually helped me with my anxiety & mental health.

We read a lot about how social media can be bad for your mental health. And I totally agree. There's nothing worse than comparing your real life to someone else's edited one or highlight reel to make you feel like you're constantly under achieving or that you're not good enough. And there are definitely times when we all just need to to take a step away from the online world to take care of ourselves and our own mental wellbeing. 

However, there are also ways, and have been ways, in which blogging and social media has actually helped me with my anxiety and mental health. Which may sound silly, but just bear with me while I try and explain!




Blogging helped me realise that all these things going on inside my head, or those extreme feelings of fear and anxiousness around the smallest of things, didn't happen to everyone, but at exactly the same time, reassured me that I most definitely wasn't alone or the only one to experience what I had. I still remember the very post that I first read that made everything click. It was by a blogger who's now a very close friend of mine, who's one of the loveliest and kindest humans on this planet and I'll be forever thankful to her for this post, as well as for her friendship since.

And it's not just been this post, it's been every post I've read on the topic since by a huge range of bloggers, and every single one of them has helped. Whether it's been reassurance, tips on how to manage it, or the inspiration to talk about it more openly, they've all made a positive difference to me and it's one of the reasons that I'll never regret starting this wonderful hobby.

So while yes, Instagram is highly edited and perfectly curated, and it's very easy to fall into the comparison trap, my social media and blogging journey so far has actually really helped me in figuring out what's best for me and giving me advice that I might not have stumbled across otherwise.

The internet can be a horrible place sometimes, but it can also provide some of the best communities and introduce you to the best people.

Soph

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  1. Love this post! There's so much constantly being said about the negative effects but I agree with everything you've said - it's helped me so much! X

    heart-autumn.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, Emma! I'm so glad it has helped :) x

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  2. This is a really well rounded and positive way of looking at blogging and social media. I feel like most of the time people immediately jump to the negative side of sharing your life online and are quick to surpass the positive. I know most academic papers on this are the exact same, focusing on body image and mental health and how social media is just very bad, very bad indeed for these things. But there is evidence to show that it can be a positive decision and it all comes down to like what you were saying; the community you find within it. The internet can be a terrifying place but most of us have found belonging and family in it as well. Thank you for sharing this, I might write a follow up post after doing some research if that would be okay?

    Marbl☾☽Moon

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    1. Thank you, Ciara! Yes, definitely! And this is why I wanted to write this post, because while yes, there are definitely some negative things about social media and it's effects, we're quick to forget everything that it can help with. And of course you can! :) xx

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  3. This is such a positive look on blogging and soical media in general. I feel the same way. Blogging has been a positive outlet for my anxiety. Bloggers like you have been helpful along the way. Great job, Sophie!

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  4. I couldn't agree more. As much as Instagram can be a curse, I've learnt that actually everybody has their own issues and life isn't always as dandy as its shown! Its so lovely to meet like minded people online, who may also suffer with similar mental health issues!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Haha Instagram can definitely be a curse! I think we're at a point now where we all realise that life isn't always what it seems online, and as long we all do remember this, we can start to really see the benefits instead of the negatives x

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  5. I absolutely agree with you! It's so nice to know you're not alone in your struggles.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

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    1. Thank you, Sharni. I'm really glad you liked the post :) x

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  6. This was honestly just what I needed to read. I often get caught up in the 'omg she has my dream life why don't I have that' which is awful, instead of focusing on 'I wanna be that gals bff because she has the same love for shit TV as I do'. It's so easy to normalise everything and to realise you're not alone, I love it :).

    Katie // wordsbykatie.com

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  7. Totally agree with this! I think the online world can actually be so great! xxxxx

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  8. Blogging has made me realize the same- where the things inside my head that I thought were devastating or completely embarrassing got read by a few people, I quickly learned that those things aren't as horrible as I once thought they were. I've also overcome some of my fears with blogging, which is in a post I will link below if you're feeling lovely enough to have a peek at. Down to earth support and love come from those readers who have stuck around with me and my blog since it began :)

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// Lifestyle & Beauty
    Let’s be BLOGLOVIN friends!
    The post: http://wanderlustgirl-kb.blogspot.ca/2017/06/why-is-it-so-hard-to-open-up-to-someone.html

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  9. Really agree with this xx!!

    www.themollyellis.com

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