For those who are in addiction recovery, one of the primary goals is to develop strategies that can help overcome negative emotions and behaviors. Before starting on the road to recovery, the substance was used to numb feelings like anger, sadness, guilt, and shame. Without the substance as a crutch, feelings are often more pronounced and require an outlet.
Fortunately, there are many beneficial activities that can facilitate self-expression in a positive way as part of a holistic healing treatment program. The following are three activities that can help manage feelings and support positive behaviors.
Activities Of Self-Expression In Recovery
The Mindful Walk
Without a doubt, walking is a great exercise that you can do almost anytime and anywhere. Yet, most people do not practice mindfulness while on a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or a power walk on a park trail.
Being mindful on a walk requires one to be aware of surroundings and to make note of feelings and sensations that they are experiencing. Extra attention should be placed on breathing. A 15 minute mindful walk followed by journaling about the experience can help encourage feelings of centeredness and stress-relief.
The Visual Journal
Writing in a journal can be a very therapeutic activity. This can be made even more beneficial with the addition of visuals such as signs, marks, sketches, and symbols. There are no rules when it comes to putting your feelings down on paper. The key is to do this on a regular basis. This visual journal can be discussed with a therapist to delve deeper into feelings and strategies for sustaining long-term recovery.
The Process Of Creating, Building, Or Refurbishing
A metamorphosis occurs in recovery. Over time, there is positive change and growth. To help express this process, it can be useful for some individuals to work on a project that requires extended effort. The process of creating, building, or refurbishing is very similar to the journey of recovery. The item that is worked on literally becomes a symbol of the renewal and the forward movement towards a new, more positive life.
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