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How Blogging Can Help With Work-Related Stress and Mental Health

Corporate America and corporate culture is evolving at a speed of light. On the one hand, we always hear about all the crazy new benefits organizations offer their employees (unlimited PTO and remote work are evidently hot right now), and on the other, we hear horrifying stories about work-related stress.

I am sure that the benefits help (definitely not questioning that); however, the contrast offered by these two sides of the coins will continue to evolve as the world evolves. What’s common between them is their resilience to stay. What I mean by that is this: Work will always be there (no matter how the benefits change or evolve), and so will the stress that comes with it.

On the bright side, though, I feel that there has been a lot of encouraging discussions about mental health, and significant positive outcomes have come to fruition because of it. More people are starting to realize the importance of mental health, and employers are beginning to provide extra leeway to their employees when it comes to needing additional time-off, and things like that! Certainly helpful, and as employees, grateful, but, the stress doesn’t entirely go away. Work-stress is part of the package, right?

The focus of this post is on the second aspect (stress), and how blogging can help with it. Howbeit, before discussing that, I want to point out a few things on how stress manifests itself:

  1. It’s essential to realize what’s causing you work stress. Maybe it’s a report that hasn’t been turned in, or perhaps this quarter you didn’t make money, or whatever else.
  2. Once you do that, you have to dig a bit deeper into the why.
    • You see, it’s not actually about the report that hasn’t been turned in, it’s about the fear and the anticipation of what will happen to you if it’s not. Based on one of the common consensuses, that branches out to four major aspects:
      • Fear of losing your job
      • Fear of being written up
      • Fear of getting some kind of scolding or rebuke from your boss
      • Fear of you being tied further into the office politics
      • Or some cocktail combination of, or its derived version, from either of the 4
  3. Now, if you do even more introspection, your stress is likely not even related to anything I mentioned in point 2 above. Notably so, it’s probably associated with the following:
    • What will happen to you if you lose your job? Will you ever get another job? How long will it take? Will you get the same pay, and benefits?
    • What will happen to your house, car, and all the bills you have to pay?
    • What about health insurance, what about your child and spouse?

Typically, these are your real trepidations, and questions you incessantly battle with.

How Blogging Can Help You Deal With Work Stress

Primarily, you’re looking for a way out of your real-fears. Ordinarily, I’ve discovered that there are 4 instruments — so to speak, that can empower you to confront & deal with them.
A) Sources of income; specifically, passive sources of income.
B) Freedom to express yourself/a.k.a, “the distraction.”
C) Freedom of not being tied-to in one place.
D) Skill development.

I am here to tell you that blogging can help you with all of these avenues of tackling your work-related stress. Let’s go over each tactic, one by one.

Blogging Tactic 1: Passive Source of Income

At one point or another, you’ve probably heard stories about bloggers making so much money through affiliates, or just by blogging, or related to it, YouTube stars.

These possibilities can be very real for you! In my mind, the best passive source of income is a blog — say when compared to your side gig, or even real estate. Here are my reasons for it.

  1. You don’t report to anyone.
  2. You can make countless mistakes without being judged for it.
  3. You don’t have to deal with clients.
  4. You don’t have to deal with tenants.
  5. You don’t have to deal with super complicated tax repercussions.
  6. Easy maintenance costs, unlike getting repairs done to your kitchen sink of your rental property, for example.

The only other passive source of income that comes close to a blog is banking money from the dividends of your stock investments. If you’re interested in getting started with stocks, you can, even with minimum dollar value. Robinhood recently introduced “Fractional shares.” Literally, you can start with just $1 (one dollar).

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Blogging can turn out to be a great passive revenue stream for you!

Blogging Tactic 2: Freedom of Expressions/A.K.A “The Distraction”

While I am not an expert, but psychologically speaking, when you express yourself, you release all the built-up frustration, or your bothers. And even if you do not directly talk about those exact things, talking, in general, has proven to help people release stress, anxiety, and pressure. Haven’t you heard of the advice from mental health doctors, (maybe even your relatives) telling you to “talk things out?”

When you’re blogging, knowingly, or unknowingly, you’re pretty much doing just that — talking it out! You’re expressing yourself, and you’re distracted — distracted from everything that’s stressing you at work. At the end of the day, stress is nothing but a mind game. If you think about it, it’s there, if you don’t, it’s not.

Blogging Tactic 3: “I am a Citizen of the World…” – Socrates

To blog, all you need is a laptop and an internet connection. Also, with the work trend shifting towards being 100% remote, it makes more sense to delegate your time and effort in blogging.

Say you’ve been dreaming of moving to a cheaper cost of living. If all you have is your 100% remote job, and no other investment (say real estate), you can quickly move out! If your job allows you to work from anywhere in the world, you can even try out different countries.

There aren’t any boundaries tying you to one place. I understand that it’s a little bit harder for folks who already have a house or rental properties; still, the fact that your other source of income (your blog that is) is location independent should be a great motivation to continually expend your energy into it.

always invest in location independent passive sources of income
Always invest in location independent passive sources of income.

Blogging Tactic 4: Skill Development

They say the best way to get a firm grasp on any concept or skill is to teach or write about it. Blogging proves to be that platform, albeit not an exact classroom.

When I write about SEO — even though I’ve been in the industry for a while now, I often find myself that I have to double-check something, or need confirmation on a technical piece I am working on. This way, not only am I exercising my skill to better use, I am personally getting better at it.

As an added benefit, because I started my blog from scratch, I learned everything from buying a domain to putting up a site on WordPress. In fact, I’ve learned so much about WordPress in a matter of months, that I’ve surprised myself.

As it relates to skill development, when I blog, I achieve the following results:

  1. I get better at SEO (my primary skill), which in turn, makes me better at my actual job.
  2. I am learning and developing other skills too, such as WordPress, and content writing.
  3. I am nurturing my personal brand.

Simply by blogging, you can open a myriad number of supplemental “opportunities” for yourself. Maybe you can get one more easy side gig.

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Conclusion

Blogging can be an incredible asset for managing your work-related stress and mental health due to the reasons above. My advise is to start something from scratch; however, if you don’t want to wait, you can buy high-traffic-ed websites that have done all the hard-work — to instantly own a blog that’s providing you with a passive source of income.

Two of the prominent marketplaces to buy and sell blogs are:

  1. Flippa
  2. Empire Flippers