Can Blogging Make You Less Stressed?

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As an avid Tumblr user, my blog has its fair share of re-blogged funny photos and inspirational quotes. However, I also take the time to write posts when I feel particularly strongly or frustrated about something. While writing about what's bothering me may not necessarily solve the problem, it does feel better to get my thoughts out and reflect on the issue.

According to a new academic study, there is actually real, therapeutic value for teens and young adults who turn to blogging as an outlet for their problems. Researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel separated teenagers who were experiencing social anxiety into several groups and gave each group a different type of therapy. The outcome? Teens in the group who blogged about their stress online and opened up their posts to comments showed the best improvements in their mood.

I definitely agree that blogging can be comforting. It feels great to write a post and receive comments from people that affirm what you're saying. Also, for those of us who are more introverted or shy, blogging is a convenient outlet. Personally, I also feel that blogs are more substantial and enjoyable than websites like Facebook. There's a focus on individual viewpoints along with a supportive community, as opposed to an emphasis on racking up the most friends or crafting the perfect status update.

Do you turn to blogging regularly to de-stress? What do you like/not like about blogging? Share your thoughts in the comments.