Many of us love to write and want to bring this more to our days. We want to develop a journaling practice. Journaling can be seen to help on a number of different levels. Carrying on reading for some hepful journaling prompts.

Benefits of journaling:

It helps us develop more self awareness.

    • There is a deep focus on our own individuality.

    • It puts us at the center in driving ourselves forward 

    • We can organise our thoughts in a more coherent fashion

    • Journaling can help us create some kind of order when we often find ourselves in a lot of chaos.

We all have so much wisdom inside but the busy ness of day to day life, the conditioning we have experienced through out our life holds us back from connecting to this. 

    • Journaling is a way to connect with that wisdom inside.

    • A way to have open and compassionate conversations with ourselves. 

    • It can help us to break free from those chains that hold us back. 

But we might often sit down to write in our journal and just have a blank mind, experience writers block and just not know what to write about. On those days journaling prompts might be perfect to help inspire us and lead to creativity and connection with our subconscious thoughts.

Open ended reflection questions.

Have a look at these questions below, choose 1 of these journaling prompts, maybe one that draws you in and spend about 5 minutes writing about it:

What makes you feel calm?

Write about what you look forward to everyday?

What is something you wish others knew about you?

Are you where you want to be physically?

Are you where you want to be emotionally?

What makes you truly happy?

What makes you feel in control?

How do you feel at the moment?

What is going right in your life?

What does your ideal day look like?

Are there things that you can do to take better care of yourself?

What are your strengths?

If you had all the time in the world, what would you do first?

What advice would you give to your younger self?

How do you stay focused and clear of distractions?

Who inspires you the most?

What do you need more of in your life?

List as many things you can that you are grateful for?

What are you proud of yourself for?

Name the areas of your life that could use a refresh?

What are your priorities?

How do you get out of your comfort zone?

What do you love about yourself?

Where do you feel most at home?

What is stopping you from getting what you want in life?

What do you need to let go of to move forward?

Write about the things that you need more of in your life right now?

What is your next step to personal success?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

How can you make time to do things you enjoy?

How can you cope with your sadness in a healthy way?

Do you find it hard to forgive and why?

Are you honest with yourself about your feelings? If not why?

Specific questions to ask yourself at the start of the day.

It’s fine to ask yourself all of these questions, try doing this every day for a week as a journaling prompt.

How do you feel this morning?

What can you do to improve today compared to yesterday?

Name three things that you want to feel today?

What are three things you can do to make you feel this way?

What are five things you are grateful for this morning?

Can you think of three things that you want to accomplish today?

Specific questions to ask yourself at the end of the day.

What emotions are you feeling at the end of this day?

Can you reflect on what went well today?

What are you grateful for today?

How can tomorrow improve?

Specific questions to ask yourself at the end of your week.

When you look back, what have you achieved this week?

What are you most grateful for?

Is there any key lessons that you have learnt?

What day was your favourite and what was it about that day that made it your favourite?

How did you take care of yourself what did you do as part of a self care routine?

List those things that you want to do more of next week?

What do you want less of next week?

How can you improve next week?

What are you looking forward to?

List creating.

What are the big successes in your life?

List the little successes in your life?

Describe three things you love about yourself

What are ten interesting facts about you?

Name five fears you have?

What are five things you would like to do more?

Name three things you do well

What are ten things you are grateful for currently?

Reflecting on the past

If you could go back in time and relive one experience or moment, what would it be and what made you chose that?

Write an encouraging letter to your younger self, encourage them to move forward and do those things they have dreamt of.

What milestones have you reached this year?

Hope these journaling prompts helps.

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I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Europe Accredited EMDR Facilitator and Consultant.

I have over 20 years experience in both the NHS and private practice.

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