Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier’s Decompression Tip # 4

” A Pale Green Mermaid Blog “

 

Keeping a diary is one way to decompress, it is a tried and true way to release negative/positive  emotions, even ones you may not realize you have.  After an intense experience there may be parts of it that you could not handle so your mind can sometimes hide those traumas from you.

By writing you can bring all elements to the  conscious mind and hopefully explore and look at them, try to understand them  – look for ways to use the experience to learn a lesson or gain an insight that perhaps you can pass along to the world at large as a guidepost on how to walk the path you have been on.

There is always a lesson, a reason for what happens to you… look for that underlying reason.

Look for the light in whatever you have experienced then you can start to try and,  not forget, but  transcend the memory.

 

Blogging is a great way to keep a journal and it is free!  Except that you need access to a computer but you can get that for free by going to your local library.

I use WordPress but there are other sites that offer the opportunity to use their platform to blog.  ( I will list a few well-known sites below) Just go to the website of your chosen blog organization sign up and access is immediate – I had no prior knowledge before I started blogging and picked up info along the way through the help and in-house forums or information boards.

You can keep a journal using a hand held notebook but when you blog there is something about publishing your thoughts (whether anyone is reading or not) that finalizes the emotion or thought.  The people who do comment are thoughtful and friendly. ( except spammers)

So give it a try, if you need help with the basics just email me ,  Shivazzzzz@aol.com ,the main thing is to start writing.  People in general would love to hear what your experiences in Iraq or Afghanistan have been like, they want  to know, also what your life after being a soldier is like.

These wars have been such a struggle for the country there is a well-spring of friendship and caring that people want to give to you guys and gals… so blog or write and see what happens!

 

PEACE  

 

 Note:       www.42explore.com    look for journal writing

The free, public blog sites

There are many sites that offer free account creation for blogging:

WordPress.com: http://www.wordpress.com

 

  • Very professional-looking templates, easy to use.
  • More limited than others, like Blogger. You can’t play with your template.
  • You can categorize your posts with custom categories and tags.

Blogger: http://www.blogger.com

 

  • Very easy to make changes to your template, add html, etc.
  • Not perceived to be as professional as WordPress or some others.
  • You can categorize your posts with labels.

LiveJournal: http://www.livejournal.com

 

  • This is more community-centric blogging, including Friends lists.
  • You can categorize your posts with tags as well as your mood, music, etc.

Vox: http://www.vox.com

 

  • This is more community-centric blogging, including Friends lists.

Xanga: http://www.xanga.com

 

  • This is more community-centric blogging, including Friends lists.

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com

 

  • This is more community-centric blogging, including Friends lists.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com

 

  • On Facebook, you can have “Notes” which are viewed by your friends.

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