Melanie Bowen, author of the following article, recently contacted me to share her thoughts on blogging for health. She is a contributor to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog, and I was happy to collaborate with her on getting out the message on goal setting, dreams and aspirations. Creating a bucket list is one of many valuable ways to set goals and dream large. Be inspired. Set goals – without a destination in life, how do you know what journey you are on?
Blogging for Health, by Melanie Bowen
Learning to deal with a diagnosis that involves a disease such as mesothelioma or evendiabetes places a damper on an individual’s quality of like. The patient is not the only person affected by such a diagnosis–the patient’s family and friends are also affected. It doesn’t have to be so grim! Lets shed some light on how to turn life challenges into positivity and self-encouragement. So while it is perfectly natural to experience an array of emotions, such as anger, doubt, fear and denial, your prognosis is better if you can maintain a generally happy quality of life.
One way to improve the quality of your life during and after illness is to catalog your emotions. Cataloging your emotions is beneficial to your health because it allows you a completely honest outlet to let your emotions out freely, without worry that you are being judged. Of course, you can talk to your friends and family, but some patients feel the need to gloss over certain aspects of their disease to keep their loved ones from worrying and this is not beneficial to your health.
Write for you! Write for Others. Share motivation and motivate yourself!
When you are experiencing an emotion caused by your illness it is better for your quality of life to deal with that emotion by exploring it and letting it out, in a personal journal or a blog.
Journaling and blogging are not for everyone, which is why there are other ways to catalog your hopes, dreams and goals throughout your illness. One way to do this is to create a list of things you want to do, see, and experience during treatment and also on your path to healing. Anytime you are feeling down, depressed or in need of a pick-me-up or motivation during your treatment, going over your list is a great way to motivate yourself into feeling better, which improves the quality of your life. Start small and work your way up. Finish the book you started. Exercise at home or even make that dish you always wanted to try. The little things definitely pave the way to your larger desires. Motivate yourself!
In addition to helping yourself by cataloging your experiences with cancer, you may help others if you make your words available to the public. Studies show that those who blog about their experiences are more socially supported than those that do not, even if the show of emotional support is from completely anonymous strangers on the internet When a person going through treatment has emotional support, their outlook is better. Motivation and inspiration is all around us—tap into it!
Writing down your hopes, dreams and goals will make you feel better during your illness and improve your quality of life after, because it reminds you that tomorrow is not a guarantee and that the things on your list should be done now, rather than put off even longer.