We are all constantly changing. We are moving through life with no day as the previous. Journaling can make us stop and reflect on our journey and help us make conscious changes and adaptions to how we spend our time on Earth. This can be a long practice or a quick journaling session. Take some time out of your day and dedicate it to yourself.
Here are some powerful journaling prompts to foster your personal growth.
- What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
- What do you value in the people that you respect the most?
- What are your values? Are you living your life congruent to them?
- If 10-Year-Old You Saw Yourself Now, what would he/she think?
- Do you love yourself? What does self-love mean to you, and how can you practice it better?
- Where do you draw the line between self-care and selfishness?
- Would you rather be happy or fulfilled? What would you need to do to get to this feeling?
- What are some limiting beliefs that are holding you back from making the changes you’re desiring to see in your life?
- Where will you be in 10 years if you keep living your life the way you’re currently living it?
- Picture your own gravestone. What should be written on it? How do you want to be remembered?
“Your life is a blank page. You write on it.”
― Donald Miller
Journaling has been invaluable to my mental health – it’s helped me understand my thoughts, emotions and feelings more and as well as prompted me to look at my life from different perspectives and angles. Most prompts go quite deep and can create heavier thoughts, so I thought I’d share some more light-hearted ones. You can always take these prompts to a deeper level by asking yourself why you gave that answer. You might also just want to leave the answer the way it is. These prompts also make nice questions to ask among friends/coworkers/students.
FUN AND CREATIVE JOURNAL PROMPTS
- If you were reincarnated as an animal, based on your personality, what animal do you think you would come back as?
- What color best describes you and why?
- What’s the most vivid memory in the kitchen of your childhood?
- Take a personality quiz. What do you think of the results?
- If you could only speak twenty words for the rest of your life, what words would head your list and why?
- Which character from a book or movie would you most like to meet and why? What would you ask?
- What would you do it all the electricity in the world just stopped? (have you ever unplugged your Wi-Fi?)
- If you had to evacuate your home because of a natural disaster, what three things would you take with you?
- If you had to give up one of your senses – which one would you give up?
- If you could decide what happens in your life tomorrow, what would you want to happen?
- If you won €1,000,000 at the lottery, what would you buy?
- If you went back in time, what year would you go to and why?
- If everyone was mentally incapable of lying, what would the world look like?
2021 might not have brought the change we’ve been waiting for so far. If you’re like me, you simply felt as if 2020 continued. Months of lockdown have seemingly been tearing on everyone’s nerves.
Journaling has helped me through this time. My mind has been racing too much for me to meditate and I’m grateful that at least using pen on paper has helped me return to a calmer state.
I like to set the scene when I’m journaling. I put on some dim lights – fairy lights, a salt stone light and get comfy. I like sitting on my bed or on the ground so that I have a lot of space around me. You might on the contrary also enjoy cuddling into a smaller space like an armchair. Take a notebook that has a nice cover – treat your journal like something special.
For my first prompt and in general, I always like to do a little check-in with my body. I like to do a self-scan of my body, eyes closed and in a sort of meditative state.
And here come the prompts:
- What sensations are you feeling in your body right now?
- Are you judging these feelings – my anxiety ache is bad, I’m making myself sick, etc. If yes, can you simply focus on it and then let it be there the way it is?
- If you were a loving parent to yourself, what would you tell yourself to console you?
- If you had your best friend right next to you now, what would he/she say to you?
- What do you need right now? Can you give it to you unconditionally?
- Which minor everyday life things make you happy and grateful to be alive? Here comes your gratitude list 🙂
- What are the weaknesses I’m frustrated about, and how can I use them to fuel something positive? Which ones should I simply let be and accept, reminding myself that in the end, no matter what the world makes us want to believe, nobody is perfect, and embracing that is a positive step into acceptance.
- Do you think what you’re feeling right now will last forever? Do you remember the last time that you felt down? Did it end? Are you willing to accept it and sit through, knowing that you will come out at the other hand?
- What is a compliment that I could make myself today? Reading this post means you’re taking action!
- If you’re angry at another person: Is their behavior something that you don’t like in yourself either? E.g., the other person is so selfish – are you selfish yourself?
- If you’re angry at the world: Are you in control over this? If not, can you let it go? If yes, what steps can you take for yourself to better your own position and stance in this world?
I hope you’ll find acceptance and release in this. Stay safe!