Apologies to Billy Ocean for tainting his song, but it just seems so appropriate!
I don't know if this will resonate with you, but growing up, I was taught that the best way to solve a problem was to "think it through" and "plan things out". My ability to analyze and my rational thought could, supposedly, get me out of anything. To a great extent, that has proven true. The downside comes if I'm not able to turn the brain off.
Being stuck in your head is like being captive in another reality -- one that can become a very bleak and hopeless place.
There's plenty of research that's shown that overthinking can lead to depression and anxiety and creates barriers to discovering solutions. And, a concern of some researchers and therapists is that journaling can get people stuck in their heads and become passive observers of life. As journalers, we need to make sure that we access our hearts and souls.
This was expressed perfectly to me earlier today by a friend who keeps several journals.
She said, "I'm an introvert. Introverts tend to overthink. So, when I journal, I get rid of the thinking part of me and let my words come through. I feel more connected with ME, my true self. I don't journal to write out negative thoughts, I journal to write through them."
When I asked her to tell me more about writing through, she added, "I journal to remind myself that I am not my thoughts. I feel more grounded when I journal. And before, I usually am frazzled, feeling harried."
So there. That's probably one of the best testaments to the value of journaling I've heard in awhile.
So, Enjoy Billy Ocean and sing along ... Get outta my head, get into my heart ...