One of the most common reasons why people don’t start a journaling practice is the fear of judgement. They worry that their writing may not meet the “standards” of others, or that they may reveal something embarrassing. They may think that their journal is not worth keeping, or that someone might read it discovering something embarrassing about them. However, these fears are unfounded and can be overcome with some simple steps.
First of all, remember that your journal is for you and you alone. You don’t have to share it with anyone unless you want to. You don’t have to worry about grammar, spelling, or style. You don’t have to write complete sentences or paragraphs. You can write whatever you want, however you want. Your journal is a safe space where you can express yourself freely and honestly.
Secondly, realize that your writing is valuable and meaningful. Your journal is a record of your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and dreams. It is a way of exploring your inner world and discovering new insights. It is a tool for personal growth and healing. Your writing is not a waste of time or paper. It is a gift to yourself and a source of joy.
Third, challenge your fear of judgement by exposing yourself to it gradually. You can start by writing about something that is not too personal or sensitive, such as your daily activities or your hobbies. You can then move on to more intimate topics, such as your emotions or your goals. Another option is to also try writing from different perspectives, such as your future self or your ideal self. You can also experiment with different formats, such as lists, letters, poems, or stories. If you’re comfortable, share your writing with someone you trust, such as a friend or a therapist. The more you write and share, the more confident and comfortable you will become.
Journaling is a wonderful practice that can benefit you in many ways. Don’t let the fear of judgement stop you from starting or continuing it. Remember that your writing is for you and you alone, that it’s valuable and meaningful, and that you can overcome your fear by facing it gradually. Happy journaling!