New Beginnings: Maritza

Say hello to new beginnings, a place to submit you work about your experience with mental illnesses

Hey guys, Welcome to our latest New Beginnings entry.

Maritza Zaragoza is a fellow blogger who writes about her struggles with mental illnesses along with other things happening in her life. Below is a post that she submitted to Stuck With Me Now’s “New Beginnings.” Enjoy and be sure to check out more of her work at Zen My Mental Health. 


New Beginnings: Maritza- Zen My Mental Health 

“A little about myself:

My name is Maritza and I reintroduced blogging into my life after hitting rock bottom in April of this year. Writing has helped me tremendously because it helps me express my feelings and it also helps me get out in Nature and take pictures that I like to showcase on my blog.”

“Writing has been my outlet where I have felt free to unleash the burdens of my past and my struggles of my everyday life. It is hard to express what I feel… spoken words seem impossible at times and even overwhelming; some understand others do not.

The burdens lifted from my chest and mind makes me want to fly. I feel free just like I imagine a bird feels at mid-flight. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to soar after typing a few words.

My words, grammar, my thoughts might not be perfect or I might not have a pretty and clean blog, but it is mine. A spot that I can go to and express my opinions, struggles, achievements, and about life in general.

I been writing in diaries and blogging on and off all my life. Due to some traumas, tribulations and trials life became difficult to bear at times and writing seemed to help keep me afloat for many years. When life seemed to get better for me I stop writing, and for years I had lost interest in doing so. April of this year I felt like I had hit rock bottom and once again I have come to rely on my good friend-my blog and that’s perfectly fine. At times we need to find a glimmer of hope, find something that we like to enjoy and blogging, taking nature photographs, and loving my pets are those things that help with my healing.”

For our readers who are new, here’s whats happening. We have had some followers reach out and ask for advice in dealing with their own struggles with mental health. Donovan will often suggest that individuals dealing with depression or anxiety should try writing. “Why?” you might ask. The answer is because writing is something that both Donovan and I have found to be very helpful to our mental balance. We can put our thoughts into words and put the words on a page, this tends to be very therapeutic; it makes you feel like you can manipulate and control your emotions instead of letting them control you.
A couple of followers have followed this advice by writing poems or even starting their own blogs. Also, a couple of people have reached out and shared some of their work since reading our website, such as Jessie Logan, author of The Sound of Suicide. Since realizing the positive effects of self-expression through writing and other creative outlets, we have created a platform called New Beginnings for people who have mental health issues to share their work. We take all kinds of submissions such as poems, self reflections, blog post, photography, ect.
For more information or to submit your own work, click here.

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