It’s no secret how much I love writing so it really should be no secret that I love journaling. Journaling is something that I truly beleive should happen at least once a week. Heck, if you have time to do it every day, you should. Journaling can reduce anxiety, give your personal time, help you reflect and help you let go of something that you might have been holding onto for a long, long time. It can help you understand how you are feeling. It can be a place for your dreams and goals but it can also be a sounding board to release toxic thoughts and emotions instead of letting them bubble inside of you.
If done right and frequently, you’d be surprised what you can find out about yourself when pen meets paper. Figuring out what to write about doesn’t always go smoothly the first few times you try. Something about having no limitations, about being able to write about anything, can render us with complete writers block.
- What are three things that made you happy today?
- How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
- What are the biggest lessons that you’ve learned from a traumatic experience?
- What do you wish more people knew about you?
- What are three things that scare you the most and why?
- What are your top five values in life?
- What are three things you can do to increase your mental wellbeing?
- Write about a difficult time you had and how you over came it.
- Write a letter to your biggest cheer leader. (You don’t have to give it to them)
- What is a trait that you admire the most about others and how do you see that trait in yourself?
- What are 10 things you can start doing to take care of yourself?
- What are the top three compliments that you have received?
- If you could achieve one thing in your life, what would it be?
- Write about your ideal home.
- Write a letter to your past self.
There are guided journaling templates and books that you can buy, but for those who just want something to write about, here are 15 journal prompts to get you started with your mental health care: