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How Can Poetry Be Beneficial to Me?

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“Reading and writing poetry can inspire you to reflect, dream, develop your voice, and grow,” says Leah Larwood, author of “Poetry as Therapy” for In The Moment magazine. Poetry can be very therapeutic. Continue reading to learn more about how you can benefit from therapy during your recovery.

Pen to paper

Improving your well-being through writing is a unique technique that can work for anyone. Processing your thoughts and feelings can be a tricky thing, but writing about them is a great way to start. Larwood calls poetry the “most transformative” form of writing. “It’s offered a different ‘way in,’ and on many occasions has channeled a new awareness and fresh insights from my psyche onto the page.” She also describes the sense of achievement you feel when you complete a poem. It’s a great feeling that comes packed with special, personalized meaning. It’s personal and meaningful. It’s something you can realistically achieve. “Poetry isn’t just a vehicle to express your feelings and opinions, it’s also a way to develop your voice, identity, and character,” explains Larwood. “In short, poetry hands you your power back, should it have ever left you.”

Reading poetry to write poetry

“Reading poetry is equally important,” says Larwood. “The best poems will inspire you to reflect, dream, observe, and grow.” Poetry is all about truth-telling. The more you read poetry, the more you will be inspired to write your own. Your truth deserves to be told. In your recovery, you can benefit from poetry because you are getting your thoughts and feelings out from your head and onto the page. Your fears and worries will no longer live in your head. Once you get them out onto paper, you will be able to let them float away. They will no longer burden you. 

A poem is a way to be heard

Many people struggle with honoring their voice during recovery. They may feel like they are unable to ask for what they want with a firm conviction. Poetry can help you do just that. For example, if you are struggling with being open with your therapist, try to write a poem about how you are feeling. You can then share the poem with your therapist, who will be able to help you upon reading it. Writing for yourself is also vital and should not be overlooked. Remember: honoring your voice is just as much about speaking to yourself as it is for others!

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you honor your voice. One way is through poetry. Call us today at 844-413-2690 for more information about how we can help you. We can’t wait to speak with you today!