While you’re going through recovery at any stage, it’s important for you to find a way to express yourself and the way that you feel. Some people have a hard time opening up to other people, even if they’re incredibly close to them. If you feel like you don’t have someone that’s a good outlet for you to talk to during your recovery, you may want to explore other avenues.
Writing as a form of expressive therapy
Writing therapy is a way to express your feelings fully without being too vulnerable to someone. Writing out your feelings and experiences is a way of slowly easing feelings of emotional trauma. A great idea is to start writing therapy with the guidance of a therapist, who will be able to help you ask yourself the questions that will help the most. Writing therapy can aid you with self-awareness and self-development.
Different ways to write
When going through writing therapy, some people find the easiest way is to just use a dedicated notebook or journal to document their thoughts. Others like to handwrite letters addressed to an imaginary individual, so they feel like they’re engaging in a conversation. One thing that seems to be the most helpful is to do your writing by hand, rather than opting for writing electronically. There are a few different reasons for this, but the biggest reasons are for safety(because you want your thoughts to be private and don’t want to risk someone accidentally finding them while you’re still going through recovery), and because writing out your thoughts by hand makes it more personal.
If your writing therapy is being led by a therapist, they’ll help you find what to write about by asking relevant questions and following specific themes. If you’re doing self-led writing therapy, however, you don’t have to worry about following rules. What’s important about writing therapy is that it gives you a place to write the things you feel too vulnerable to say outloud, and to help you confront your feelings and experiences.
Another form of writing therapy that a lot of people find helpful is through poetry. Poetry gives you a way to turn your feelings into verses and stanzas that flow and bring meaning to the things you’ve experienced.
Writing therapy can help you cope with your feelings and manage your emotions during recovery, by expressing yourself without feeling vulnerable to another person.