I know many of you would be surprised to see the title of the post. There may be some of you who would have given it a second look as well just to confirm that they have read it correct. And honestly, this is one of the craziest titles I have ever written myself (the title may be crazy, but not the blog). Some of you might as well be thinking that the author is out of his minds, as health benefits can be achieved from diet improvements, exercise, gardening and even sleeping properly, but health benefits of blogging? Come on, you must be kidding me. Actually, I am not! And perhaps, by the time you finish this article, you may as well see eye to eye with me.
The first, and perhaps most important, health benefit of blog writing is psychological. In today’s life, we have got really very busy in our chores, and being busy whole day long makes us stressed out. We go through a myriad of things each day from dawn to dusk, and at the end of the day we wish someone to listen to us and to reduce or at the very least share our stress. But the fast paced life leaves little or no window for others as well to take out specific time for us to sit by our side and listen to our daily stories. This leads to the stress piling up inside us. Then one day, when this volcano bursts, it causes quite a lot of damage. So, instead of piling it up, why not consider writing it up. In old days people used to write diaries. That helped them somehow to self assess themselves as well as to pen down their emotions and calm themselves up. Now-a-days, technology has revised this technique as well. The increased socializing has made it possible to share our feelings, thoughts, emotions and experiences with others. So instead you weep out or bleed out your stress, why not blog out?
Further, at the end of the day, when we are free from our chores and get some spare time, then we may actually be utilizing our time watching absurd TV shows and/or daily soaps or any kind of similar thing which portray the downside of our society most of the times. This, further, adds up to the stress. So writing about our experiences could also, unnoticeably, reap the benefits of providing some mental activity and help us to utilize that amount of spare time.
One more important benefit of writing is that it keeps the thinking process active. When we are writing something, there are hundreds of thoughts which are going through our minds. The brain is continuously processing ideas, words, grammar, sentences and many other things. This improves the mental health by exercising the brain. Although, there have not been any studies showing the exact benefit of blogging to control Alzheimer’s, but as we can see from the Six pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention that there are points like Mental Stimulation, Stress Management and Social Engagement which can be helpful to reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s. From Mental Stimulation perspective, the thinking and learning process while writing could be of great help to keep the mind sharp. Regarding stress management, in the second paragraph of this article, I have tried to give vent to the idea – “blog out when you are stressed out”. And finally, if you are expressing your views frequently via blogging, you will soon have a strong social network of people.
I know that this is a huge claim to make today. But the claims of today may become the research of tomorrow. You never know! I just blogged-out, so what are you waiting for? Also let me know that you see eye to eye with me or you just wish to keep your eyes closed at the moment.