There are many things we can do in our recovery to promote healing. One great example is through words. Our words have so much power and it’s important to use them to help further our recovery instead of hinder it. Give yourself the freedom to heal through words today.
First Things First
Many people reach for their phone first thing in the morning to hop on social media and see what they’ve missed. While being in the know is important, it’s also vital to allow yourself the space to wake up naturally and care for yourself without the influence of social media, news, and other things that have the power to stress you out.
Tomorrow morning, don’t reach for your phone the moment your eyes pop open. Allow yourself to wake up naturally. Once you have woken up, sit down and write. We know this probably won’t feel natural at first. That’s okay. Just allow yourself to write freely for a few minutes. Make it a routine and watch how you can benefit from emptying your mind.
How to Benefit From Morning Writing
Like we said above, it’s going to take a little while to get used to this new routine. It may feel forced at first, but make it a habit to write at least three pages first thing in the morning. Allow your thoughts to flow freely through your hand and onto the paper. There aren’t any rules besides these. You don’t have to write neatly.
You don’t have to have perfect grammar. You don’t even have to make sense. You are writing for you and you alone. If it helps you be more candid with yourself, shred your writing after you have finished. The point of morning writing isn’t to write the most beautifully worded three pages. The point is to empty out your mind.
By doing this, you’re able to clear your head for the day ahead. Morning writing also helps you with the kindness you show yourself. By engaging in this exercise, you’re able to release any inner critic that may be taking hold of your thoughts. The purpose of morning pages is to get everything out, no matter how dark or scary your thoughts may be.
There’s no space for your inner critic in these pages, so work on showing yourself the kindness you deserve by releasing these thoughts out onto the page. There’s no good or bad with morning writing. It is what it is and that is enough.
Release the Pressure
The difference between journaling as a form of therapy and traditional talk therapy is that you journal alone. Morning writing is done by yourself, for yourself. Some people in recovery have a hard time talking with a therapist because they don’t feel like they can let their guard down.
They sometimes feel like they have to put on a show or act a certain way. They feel some sort of pressure. With morning writing, there is no pressure. Allow yourself to release that pressure of being someone you’re not. No one is reading your morning writing — you don’t even have to re-read your morning writing.
Purge your thoughts onto the paper and release the pressure you’re feeling. This can help you truly release some of the pent-up feelings you have that are too scary to discuss with someone else.
Remain in the Present Moment
The great thing about morning writing is that you are practicing mindfulness when you are writing. Mindfulness is a great tool for people in recovery because its goal is to help you stay in the present moment. When you are being mindful in recovery, you aren’t worried about the mistake you made yesterday or that thing you have to complete tomorrow.
You are focused completely on what you are currently doing. If an unwelcome thought comes into your head when you are journaling, write it down, then let go of it. Keep the juices flowing and practice accepting your thoughts for what they are, without dwelling on them or judging them.
By being mindful of the present moment, you do not need to worry about how your writing will turn out or what others may think of it. Being in the present moment while journaling is about acknowledging and letting go of your worries. It’s about showing yourself the love and kindness you deserve to allow yourself to heal.
Give Yourself the Gift of Healing
Giving yourself the gift of healing isn’t difficult. It can start with a scrap sheet of paper and a pencil. You don’t have to be perfect to start healing. You don’t have to have all the courage in the world to start healing. Recovery can be daunting. Write about the feelings you are having when you are thinking about recovering from substance use. Give yourself the space to heal from your wounds and take that next step. You can recover. We can help.
Sober Life is here to help you heal in any way possible. We know it can be difficult to take that first step to reach out to us. Start by writing down your thoughts and feelings first thing in the morning. This will give you a sense of your unfiltered worries. If you have questions for us, write those down, too. When you’re ready to take that next step, call us at (619) 542-9542. We can’t wait to speak with you!