Sad times can also be times to creatively expand and grow.
Are you in search of healing and grounding activities to help you work through emotional trauma to heal and recover from past hurts? Talking to a mental health professional is a great first step, but it doesn’t stop there. Your mental and physical well-being can benefit greatly from a rounded approach to healthier, happier living.
In fact, on your path to emotional healing, you might even discover some latent talents and abilities you didn’t know you had. Sad times are sad. But they can also be times to creatively expand and grow.
Emotionally Supportive, Healthy Activities
Below find some emotionally supportive, healthy activities to engage in to help invite healing to your body, mind, and spirit.
Engage in exercise on a routine basis.
At least some movement of your body each day is a great start. You don’t need to sign up for the latest 5K or triathlon. Just a simple walk around the block, a hike in the woods, or a game of tennis counts.
They all will help you release stress from your body and channel your nervous energy away from the destruction of your organs, and on toward building muscle strength and endurance.
Pound the pavement or run the machines.
If you’re someone who doesn’t believe in taking your emotions out on other people, weight-bearing cardio (heart-healthy) exercise such as jogging or doing the exercise machines at the gym can be incredible for the body and a way to purge tension.
Take up a creative pastime.
What is your special talent? What have you always wanted to try making or doing? Painting can help you release emotional turmoil as you create amazing, provocative, and beautiful works of art in the process. Music, too, can provide an outlet for your angst. In fact, it is said that people who have undergone emotional trauma may suddenly find themselves tapping into their musical potential like never before.
Write in a diary or journal.
Express yourself creatively and purge your inner feelings. You can do this by way of pen and paper, on a smooth, blank writing tablet whose clean pages await your inner meanderings. Or, you can choose to type your journal entries in a Word document and save them to your computer. If you’re already a fast typist, this can save you time… though it won’t deliver the sensory pleasure and calming effect that taking a pen in hand might.
Use what you’ve learned to help others.
Finally, can you use what you’ve gone through to help others avoid the same mistakes, or heal just as you have? Through your traumatic experience, there might just be enough mental and emotional clutter taking up room in your psyche to write a literary masterpiece. You could pen a self-help book, or even create a guide that helps someone else who may be going through the same thing as you are. Take your talent to the web and start a blog to help people. You can even monetize your blog by sharing Amazon links to helpful products, your own ebook that you sell, or perhaps a service, like life coaching.