I’ve been feeling some stress, I’m not going to lie. I’ve been blogging for 8 months (ish) and I think I’ve been handling blogging pretty well so far.
I had health class last year and we talked about good stress and bad stress. I believe that blogging is a good sort of stress and it really helps be express myself through the internet and my passions. But there’s always the thin line that separates good stress from bad stress. There’s the line between I’m-doing-this-because-I-love-it and the I’m-lowkey-freaking-out-because-I-have-maybe-too-many-review-copies-to-read-and-too-many-commitments.
The way I see it, there’s two ways to look at this. One, stress is good, no matter bad or good, because it gets you motivated and pushes you to finish those books and write those blog posts and review those books and comment on those blogs. It keeps you going and keeps you committed to book blogging and all the benefits to it.
And two, stress is good, but only to an extent. I’m not going to lie, I do think stress is a good motivator. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that gets me to finish my homework and study for my tests. But that’s where the problem occurs. Say that you’re taking 4 APs (I’m using AP even though I take IB so it’s easier for the majority of people to understand) and you have a few extracurriculars and you basically have a test every day (this is basically my life and I s2g it is NOT fun). So adding blogging to that list of stresses sometimes can be a bad thing.
Sometimes I feel like people forget about their mental health. Stress can be good, but sometimes stress can be bad. So this is what I’m trying to say. I’m a firm believer that stress can be a great motivator and get you to do things even if you really, really, really don’t want to. But I’m also a firm believer that you should always think about your personal life and how blogging can affect the rest of your life.
So here’s what I think. Make sure you can handle what’s on your plate. If there’s too much stress that comes from blogging, take a break because it’s okay! Your mental health is important and you can always make time up during the summer or whenever you have time. Make sure you take care of yourself first!