Can Creative Expression Help Us Heal?
Our addictions and mental health issues can cause us to forget that as children many of us were highly creative and loved to express ourselves creatively. We had natural talents in all kinds of creative expression, and we found immense joy in learning our crafts, in practicing and honing our crafts, and in creating beautiful art of all different kinds. Our creativity is one of the healthiest outlets we have to express our inner pain, our frustrations, our fears and insecurities. When we’re able to release our innermost thoughts and feelings through creative pursuits, we create something beautiful and meaningful that represents who we are and that we can share with the world. It gives us a productive, useful way of transforming our pain, therefore helping us to heal from it. The creative process can itself be therapeutic, comforting and soothing. We can find it incredibly fulfilling and satisfying to express ourselves creatively.
Creative expression allows us to reconnect with ourselves and see the beauty in ourselves again, something many of us have been unable to do for quite some time. It helps us rediscover our truth, the truth of who we are, and how we view the world. It helps us to be more positive and hopeful. It magnifies our inner light and our joy. It helps us to confront the internal darkness we feel, along with the darkness we see in the world around us. It provides us with a healthy form of escape and distraction from the painful things we witness and experience. It gives us an outlet to help us feel our difficult emotions in an uplifting way.
When we’re creating, we’re usually happy. It’s very hard to be sad or angry when we’re doing something creative. Similarly, it’s hard to engage in our destructive, addictive habits when we’re feeling the satisfaction and fulfillment that come with expressing ourselves creatively. When we’re making art of any kind, we’re letting ourselves have fun and experience enjoyment, something we’ve been depriving ourselves of for far too long. When we’re creating, we stop telling ourselves we’re too old, or too far gone in our unwellness, to enjoy ourselves, to relax, and to feel free. We let ourselves feel how incredible our potential is. We let ourselves dream about all the beautiful things we could do in our lives. We find balance and peace as we create. We feel more grounded within ourselves and more aligned with our purpose. All of these things can help us immeasurably in our recovery.
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