Now, hear me out. I am not negating the power of prayer for those from the spiritual community like myself.
I love prayer and expressing my thoughts and feelings to my creator in the safe of His love and grace. I leave my prayer time feeling heard, blessed, and loved.
All I am saying is that there is still natural work that we need to do within ourselves, with the help of God, to work through our experiences, traumas, guilt, shame, feelings, and thoughts, and I think journaling helps with that.
What I'm saying is, don't hold in your feelings.
Just because you don't have a safe space, can't or shouldn't post them, or are not ready for others to hear them doesn't mean you shouldn't express them.
Journal your thoughts and feelings rather than holding them indefinitely.
You'll be surprised by the clarity and release you get from voicing and ventilating your heart and mind in writing, using voice notes, or making a video log.
Sometimes, you only need to share your true feelings before opening up to others.
Be emotionally intimate and vulnerable with yourself first; that's often the most crucial step in healing or being ready to share with others.