I’ve always been quite a closed book about certain things in my life, but with my blog I’m being totally open, honest and authentic about my chronic pain and how it affects me. One of my goals with blogging is to help others, but I am actually finding it is really helping me too. Here’s why…
Writing down my thoughts and feelings
I’m still fairly new to blogging so I haven’t got a huge archive of posts yet, but the majority of them so far have been triggered and inspired by specific things or events from my week. Whether it’s something positive or negative, then blogging about it is a way of getting thoughts, feelings and ideas out of my head and on to paper (well, my screen). It’s almost therapeutic and a bit like writing a journal.
Accepting my situation
I’ve had chronic pain for over 5 years now and have pretty much accepted that I am (reluctantly) in this for the long haul. Having this mindset is the first step to learning to cope with chronic pain and getting the best of out life that you can possibly can (see my blog post 10 ways to cope with chronic pain). I’m finding that my blogging is helping me go a little further with this. Sometimes it is all too easy to block things out and try and ignore them. Ok, you can’t ignore chronic pain, but you can ignore the impact it is having and how it is making you feel. A bit like if you don’t talk about it, it isn’t real. Blogging is really helping me accept things more than ever, and really getting me to question how I am feeling about stuff and encouraging me to think differently wherever I can.
Connect with others
Through my blogging I have been able to connect with others who understand my pain, and who have similar life struggles that I have. This is a very powerful thing; just knowing someone else ‘gets it’ is really supportive and doesn’t make you feel as alone. I’ve also connected with some very supportive and encouraging non-chronic pain lifestyle bloggers who have given me some general blogging advice and tips.
Know I’m helping others
I’m keen to learn all about blogging and to make my blog a real success. A big part of this is getting feedback on my posts. I’ve had some really positive and encouraging comments lately about how my blog posts are helping others. This is fantastic news for me and I am always so delighted to read such comments. I don’t call myself an expert but I have some experience of life with chronic pain, and just being able to share this through my blog and inspire others is really exciting for me.
Something I can do and stay productive whilst lying down
As part of my pain management I spend a lot of my time lying down. This naturally makes me feel tired, and sometimes I have to give in to this and just sleep – chronic pain is incredibly draining so this is a common symptom of dealing with daily pain. But other times I get frustrated and want to do things to keep me busy. My blogging work is an ideal thing to do on my phone when lying down. I can write draft blog posts, read other blogs, do some research, and read my Kindle books. So as much as I have to give in to my pain and lie down, at least I can be productive and keep learning and achieving
If you are a chronic pain blogger, I’d love to hear how blogging is helping you.
I’m also looking for guest bloggers to post on my blog in the future. If you’re interested, please get in touch.