A Year of Growth – Week 8 – Why writing helps

So I’ve been sitting here staring at this blank page trying to think of something worth sharing for like a solid 10 minutes and I just suddenly realised the answer is right here in front of my eyes. What’s something that has helped me immensely through chronic illness? Writing of course! I honestly can’t think of anything more therapeutic and calming than writing everything down.

I’ve always been someone who liked writing, so maybe this won’t work for everyone but for me writing has proven to be a perfect way to get feelings and emotions down on paper and stop them from swirling aimlessly through my head (all the while stressing me out and making me ill). I find writing satisfying and helpful for a few reasons, here are some of them –

  1. Entertainment –
    If you are tired, lying in bed or curled up on the couch writing can be a great way to alleviate boredom and give yourself the feeling of satisfaction that comes from doing something productive. It’s so easy to grab a pen and paper or a laptop and curl up with a blanket and hot chocolate, and simply lose hours immersed in thoughts on topics that you love. It doesn’t always suit, if your eyes are too tired to stare at a screen or your hands too shaky to clutch a pen then this might not be the activity for you, but if not, writing could be just what you need!
  2. Therapy –
    Writing has been proven time and time again to be hugely therapeutic. If you find yourself struggling with a thought or emotion (or lots of thoughts and emotions) get out that pen and paper again and WRITE IT DOWN. Let yourself vent, but try not to get too caught up in it, allow the venting to calm your mind and then think about, and jot down ideas on how you can fix whatever it is that is troubling you. Writing it down can help to get it out of your head, clearing your mind so that finding a solution seems a little more straight forward.
  3. Friendship –
    The blogging community is so amazingly friendly and it’s easy to find and connect with so many likeminded people. When you share what you write there is this hugely rewarding knowledge that someone out there may read it and find comfort in the fact that they are not alone. If you can inspire just one person, then surely that post was worth sharing. Along with that, it is also amazing to read other peoples’ blogs (on all sorts of topics, not just in the chronic illness community) and hear how others are tackling this crazy thing we call life.

A Year of Growth - 52 Writing Prompts for Chronic Illness Bloggers

Do you enjoy writing? And do you share what you write? It took me a long time to build up the courage to share my writing – but I promise you it’s hugely rewarding when you do!


This post is Part 8 of 52 in the series – A Year of Growth.

The series is a celebration of the first anniversary of The Truth About M.E and is designed to help me grow through my illness throughout my second year of blogging. I look forward to having you along for the journey! 

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