4 dangers of journaling for personal growth
Journaling for personal growth is more popular than ever. I find it really helpful as an outlet when I have lots of thoughts running through my mind and I need to get them down on paper.
However, there are some potential downsides to journaling that we should all be aware of so we can get the full benefits of journaling for personal growth.
1. It may cause you to over-think things
Journaling is a great way to build self-awareness of our thoughts and feelings. However, if we’re not careful we could end up spending too much time writing about what’s going on in our minds without finding any actual resolution for the things we’re concerned about.
Once we’ve developed the self-awareness, a good next step is to think about what actions you might need to take to move forward.
2. You could get stuck in negativity
If you’re writing about things which evoke difficult thoughts and feelings, such as events from your past or something unpleasant that’s happened recently, there’s a danger that you could get stuck in that negative place.
To try to counterbalance this, it can be helpful to think about what learning you can take from the situation so you can use this for your benefit in future.
3. You may learn things about yourself that you don’t like
As you grow in self-awareness, you might discover things about yourself you didn’t expect to find. This could lead to you feeling deflated and down about yourself.
However, it’s worth remembering that a large part of journaling is personal growth. It’s not about punishing yourself for things you might have got wrong, but about learning from your mistakes and reflecting on what you could do differently next time.
4. You may spend more time journaling than living
For some, journaling might become a substitute for engaging with real life.
Whilst it’s good to reflect on the things that happen to us, and/or on what’s going on around us, we also need to remember to be a part of life rather than a mere observer of it.
So, make sure that your journaling isn’t consuming your time and that you’re actually getting out there and living too!
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