by Wendy Dessler
As of July 2017, there are 357.7 million blogs on Tumblr, a 12.7-point increase since April 2017, and, even more startling, a 24.9-point increase compared to the beginning of the New Year.
And, when placing these figures against those two years ago, the 111.1-point difference clearly shows that blogging isn’t going away. If anything, it’s on the up and up. That’s not even counting the number of blogs on company sites and other blogging platforms—such as Blogger and Medium.
Thanks to the advent and takeoff of blogs, more and more people can take advantage of invaluable information shared online, especially in the mental health sphere, an area that still is highly stigmatized.
This is where the power of blogging can provide those who are personally struggling a safe (and anonymous) space to learn how to heal themselves.
That being said, read on to learn some of the best mental health blogs to follow that will improve your overall well-being.
1. Julia Claire Friedman Blog
Life Coach, Julia Claire Friedman has a mental health blog that explores mental health topics from more of a spiritual (though, please note, not religious) perspective.
Her blog follows her personal journey recovering from sexual trauma, PTSD, an eating disorder, and addiction, as well as how others can help themselves with these as well.
Her posts discuss ways individuals can listen to their bodies and, from listening and validating, heal past wounds. One way to do this, Friedman describes in her June post, is to ask your body what it needs, as in her post she asks her body what it needs when it’s hurting. Then, give your body what it’s asking.
What makes Friedman’s blog stand out from other mental health blogs is her openness in revealing her own pain and struggles—past and current—on her path to recovery.
This proves vital, especially when mental health is still stigmatized and individuals may not publicly seek out the help they need.
These individuals can turn to Friedman’s blog to know they aren’t alone in their struggles and as a source of inspiration, as Friedman tracks her progress.
2. Tiny Buddha Blog
Created by Lori Deschene, Tiny Buddha is a mental health site that offers readers a supportive community and information about mental and emotional challenges they may be going through in their lives.
Since posts are written from life coaches and authors to musicians and travelers, the Tiny Buddha blog offers readers a variety of personal experience pieces as well as advice from a number of different sources.
Posts are organized into nine categories, ranging from Happiness & Fun to Change & Challenges. The posts themselves are usually in listicle format, and offer an inspirational quote at the beginning.
The posts usually describe a personal experience the author overcame, as well as detailing a step-by-step plan in how the reader can overcome the same or a similar problem in their own life.
3. Elephant Journal Blog
Similar to Tiny Buddha, Elephant Journal is a site dedicated to helping others live a good life. Originally started as a magazine, Elephant Journal emphasizes sustainability and yoga among other mindful activities readers can be a part of, which positively impacts mental health.
The wellness tab, one of its 11 categories, does list several blog posts users can read to see mental health topics from different points of view—such as one of its more recent posts, “Once and For All—Is Happiness Really a Choice?”
(Other blogs—such as healthcare.com and She Blossoms!—can also help readers improve their well-being.)
Have any other mental health blogs to add? Leave a comment!
Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.