Guess, what? According to Scientific American, blogging can actually be good for your health:
Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits.
Other benefits include:
Improved connection with others
Non-bloggers probably think we are more disconnected from the “real world,” but many of us build a strong network of support that goes far beyond our geographical locations. Feeling like I have friends across the country is pretty amazing!
Helping Others No matter what you blog about, chances are you are helping others in some way. I am always thankful for my followers especially when they reach out to me and tell me how I have touched them in some way.
Better Sleep Blogging about your feelings can bring on relaxation, which helps you sleep better. Try blogging a little before bed.
Research shows expressive writing may encourage growth of white blood cells, which fight off infection. Another study showed boosted immune cell activity and reduced viral load in AIDS patients, and even improved healing after surgery.
A Healthy Heart
Writing about emotional topics may help lower blood pressure and hear rate. This will keep your ticker in better shape.
There are many sites that allow you to create your own blog or even a private journal just to get your feelings out. Give it a try! Share your feelings with the world. You may be surprised by how the world supports you in return. If you are already a blogger, share a comment about how it helps your health.