10 Journaling Prompts I Swear Help Me Everytime I Need A Lift
It took me years before I truly benefitted from journaling. It’s slightly different from writing a diary — but with both, they’re so open-ended that I resorted to avoiding them.
Sound familiar? Well, turns out, we aren’t alone. About 80% of our visitors I speak to share the same roadblock.
The great news here is that with journals picking up popularity, we’re seeing more and more prompt journals — or guided journals if you will. They take the guesswork out of how you can journal effectively.
My first tip? Don’t force yourself to start with “morning pages.”
It is a common recommendation to start with morning and nightly reflections. Morning reflections to help, in the sense of a “mental download” — it’s a great way to get your thoughts and mentality prepped and primed for the day ahead. However, if you’re like me, you might be the sort who runs on adrenaline soon as you’re out of bed. My gears are often greased and ready to roar most mornings.
Instead, find a time slot where you’re ready to journal. Pick a time that is quiet, relaxing and you don’t have to rush off to prepare breakfast or do a school run. I often do mine after lunch on school days, or before dinner.
Journaling Prompts for Self-Discovery:
- Where do you see yourself in 6 months?
- What can wait until next week?
- What do you know to be true today that I didn’t know a year ago?
- In this moment, what are 3 things you’re grateful for?
- If someone described me, what would they say?
- What is something you regret not doing?
Journaling Prompts for Anxiety and Depression
- What am I doing right now?
- What am I feeling right now?
- What happened right before my mood shifted for the better/worse?
- When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
If you aren’t convinced, research shows (just ask Google) journaling can greatly improve your overall well-being. Grab a notebook (it doesn’t have to be fancy), some tea (or wine?), and let the journey begin.