Blogging as an aid to recovery – How has it helped you?


Hi everyone

I published this post recently but it would seem that it has posted in the month that I first started to write it in draft form. This may have caused you to miss it in your reader and so here it is again.

( A huge thanks to Ralph, from bluefish way.com who left a comment on the original post. It will be a huge help to my learners.)

It’s official, amongst everything else I do, I am a Tutor for the RLC (Recovery Learning Community).

I will be teaching my first course, “Blogging as an aid to recovery” on the 18th and 25th of November and 2nd of December.
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The RLC provides a range of educational, practical and creative courses, for students with mental health difficulties and their family and friends who support them.

I will be teaching students how to start a WordPress.com blog of their own, that they can continue to use after the course has finished.

I will be teaching students how blogging can make them to feel better and improve their quality of life through:

  • Building online relationships and friendships.
  • Communicating with like-minded people.
  • Improving communication skills.
  • Building confidence and self-esteem.
  • Giving them something to focus on.
  • Giving them a sense of purpose and a reason to get up in the morning.

Plus loads more fantastic reasons.

I would love for my students to know how blogging has aided your recovery. Please leave a message in the comments section so that I can share your story with them.

Thanks in advance.

Stay positive.

Sandra  Bellamy

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7 thoughts on “Blogging as an aid to recovery – How has it helped you?

  1. I tell you this, San. It’s only normal to share our great ideas or feelings with someone. It’s even pleasurable and pleasant when what we’ve shared have positively touched the lives of others and they proudly write to acknowledge it. ‘Oh, my God, I’m glad I shared it and they love it!’, we usually exclaim. And, how fired we become with writing even the more and touching lives!

    Blogging has really provided such platform for me, and quite frankly, many others. It’s has also helped many hone their reading and writing skills, and has connected us with wonderful people who have been touched, one way or another, by our write-ups. And then the sense of belonging and accomplishment we feel too. Alas, there’s just so many good reasons to blog.

    Thumbs up for your motivation and inspirations, San.

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  2. I was suffering from an extreme form of panic attack that came out as violent and frightening seizures. They left me afraid to go out and isolated from my friends. It was depressing and upsetting and the only thing I liked in my life was my guinea pigs.

    Starting the blog was just going to be a way to record the funny stories about them and somewhere for the hundreds of photos I took. It has certainly been that and more.

    It is now not just about my piggies but about advising other piggy owners on health and care and answering questions from people looking to get piggies. I have found a great community of like minded animal lovers who I love dearly. Not only that but with press passes for pet shows and events, I am getting out of the house and becoming far more confident. It’s changed my life so much and is now helping to get me a job too.

    Blogging hasn’t just changed my life, I truly believe it has saved it.

    ~ Amy

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    1. Amy, what an incredible story of your life, you have shared with us today. I cannot thank you enough for having the courage to tell your story. I had no idea about the trauma you have been through and I am happy that your piggies were there for you. You come across as a warm and caring person with a lot to give to others. You are brilliant at knowing and understanding guineapigs and I thank you for being there for all of us. You are an incredible inspiration and I am thrilled that you were saved, so we can be blessed with your knowledge, wisdom and presence.

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  3. Sandra, you know I think this is such a good idea. I did not need to recover but blogging has given me a new perspective in and of life. I have mad many frineds, I love blogging, I feel valued and appreciated. I love it so much and it is my hobby. I still knit though too. 🙂 I wished I could tell your students how much joy in life it can give, but I am sure you will tell them!
    You are doing a wonderful job!

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    1. Hi Ute, yes I will let my students know what a positive impact blogging has had on your life. I am printing out all comments to take to class with me on Monday. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

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