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How Journaling Can Help During Your Recovery

Journaling is beneficial for so many areas of life, but it can be especially useful during your recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder. Oftentimes we have so many thoughts running through our heads. It can be difficult to keep track of them all, let alone decide which ones are healthy and keepers, and which ones are unhealthy and we should throw out. Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help outline journaling for you and how it can help you during your recovery.

“Morning Pages”

Morning pages is an idea that Julia Cameron wrote about in her book, The Artist’s Way. The goal of morning pages is to slow down and get your thoughts out onto paper first thing in the morning. For In The Moment magazine, Sarah Tasker says that morning pages were “first offered as an aid to writers, painters and potters in the early 90s.”

This idea, however, is just as pertinent now as it was back then. In fact, morning pages are beneficial for everyone, especially those of us in recovery! So, what are morning pages? There is one simple rule to them, Tasker explains: “three pages of freehand, free-form writing, every morning, first thing.”

Some of us, when we think about writing, have to make sure that it’s perfect. This is the exact opposite of the goal of morning pages. “You don’t need to make sense, spell correctly, or even write particularly legibly.” Tasker admits that for her, making sure things make sense and everything sounds good and is nice and neat takes away from her experience.

For her, being free and non-judgmental about the writing and the content is most beneficial. “The idea is that it’s an exorcism, an emptying out of the mind and all of its clutter and noise,” says Tasker. “Clearing space for the creative day ahead.”

Kindness

Your inner critic is not welcome during morning pages or any journaling, really. When you write your thoughts and feelings down, try to be kind to yourself. Don’t judge what you are thinking and feeling. If you do, you will not receive the full benefits of the act of journaling.

Don’t write for an audience. If it helps, shred the pages when you’re done. Journaling can help you during your recovery if you are kind and non-judgmental to yourself. You must let go of responsibility during these few moments that you write.

Let go of the pressure to be perfect. This is why it’s so important for recovery — recovery isn’t perfect, neither is journaling. If you are looking for a different coping mechanism in your recovery, try out journaling today.

Villa Tranquil Recovery can help you during your recovery. Call us today at (866) 697-7573. We can’t wait to speak with you and give you more information about the wonderful programs we offer. Call now, you won’t be disappointed.