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Connect With Yourself Through the Written Word

The transformation you go through when you are working on your sobriety may leave you feeling like a new person. Armed with healthy coping skills and a new outlook on life as you leave treatment, you might not recognize your old self if you run into her. While this transformation is a great thing, it might leave you with a lot of questions. Who is this new me? What matters to me now? What new things might I enjoy? You might not have the answers to these questions right away — and that’s okay! A great way to connect with yourself is through the written word. Give different types of journaling a chance to get in touch with yourself. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about the new you!


Finding Your Answers

The questions above will produce different answers for you if you asked yourself them before you entered treatment and after you left treatment. Getting sober is a life-changing event, so it’s only natural to discover new things about yourself once you make the change. One way to facilitate this reconnection is through journaling. Whatever method you use, it’s important to be completely non-judgmental. Instead of filtering your thoughts, let them flow from your brain down to your hand. Acknowledge each thought and allow yourself to explore it. In order to find your answers, you’ve got to be willing to step inside the vast universe within you.


Explore Your Mind in Different Ways

The first method of journaling is to do a brain dump. Every thought or feeling that comes to mind, write it down. Don’t force yourself to think in full sentences or perfect grammar. Write down whatever comes to mind. Don’t ignore any thoughts or feelings, no matter how uncomfortable they are. Your brain dump is for you and you alone. No one else will read this. Use the brain dump to explore the things you’ve pushed down. Nothing is off limits.

Another method you can use while journaling is to write a to-not-do list. Many of us write out our to-do list at the beginning of the day or week. We keep referring back to it, which often stresses us out even more as we think about all the things we must complete but how little time left we have. Instead of writing your to-do list, make a list of things you are not going to do. I will not worry about things I can’t control. I will not overexert myself. I will not do things that don’t contribute to my goals. Give yourself permission to explore the things that don’t serve you. This will help give you more direction than you think.

The final journaling method you can use to connect with yourself is to get a change of scenery when you write. Go to a different location each time you write, like the kitchen or outside in nature. Write what comes to mind when you take in what’s around you. Use your senses to connect with yourself and keep you rooted in the present moment. Think about how you can use the space you’re in to further your recovery. Maybe you can make a meal in the kitchen that has good memories for you. Or, you can do yoga in your backyard while meditating. Explore your options and write about steps you can take to further your recovery.


Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you find ways you can connect with yourself in your recovery. If you are struggling with substance abuse, call us today at 214-799-3080. Our trained staff is ready and willing to help you get sober. Call us today!