Stuck at home? Why not give journalling a go. Here are 60 prompts to get you started.
Updated: Apr 6
For a long time journalling seemed to me like just another thing to add to my long list of jobs. And isn't it something we do in adolescence?
But eventually I gave it a go when I started my Meditation Teacher training (I had to because it was a part of my training), and let me tell you something - It is kind of amazing!!
I am completely converted and can't imagine a life without a journal in it.
The benefits I have experienced first hand include:
- a greater level of self awareness
- becoming clearer on my goals
- clearer on a strategy to achieve my goals
- a good journalling session can be like a therapy session
- my mood improves and I feel more optimistic
Research has found a heap of other benefits too, such as:
- stress reduction
- you can learn more about yourself
- can make you a better leader
- can improve your immune system.... the list goes on....
I feel like journalling is something you have to try yourself to really believe in its benefits. And it doesn't have to be serious all the time, it can actually be fun.
So I guess the question is, are you willing to give it a go? If so, let me help you out!
Here are some self discovery topics to get you started:
Prompt 1: Who do you spend most of your time with and how do they make you feel?
Prompt 2: Who do I admire, and why?
Prompt 3: What do I like about myself?
Prompt 4: What don't I like about myself?
Prompt 5: If there were no obstacles in my way, what would my perfect life look like?
Prompt 6: What are some of my favourite songs and why do I like them? How do they make me feel?
Prompt 7: What is some thing that scares me and is holding me back?
Prompt 8: What can I do to overcome the things that scare me so they don't hold me back?
Prompt 9: What can I do to make the world a better place?
Prompt 10: If I could travel anywhere on a holiday where would it be?
Prompt 11: How can I make my travel goal a reality? Figure out a plan!
Prompt 12: What books or movies do I love and why? How do they make me feel?
Prompt 13: What are you most grateful for and why?
Prompt 14: How do I show others how I care for them?
Prompt 15: My core values are____, because?
Prompt 16: When was the last time you complemented someone? What did you say and why?
Prompt 17: When was the last time some one complemented you? What did they say and how did it make you feel?
Prompt 18: What are your big life goals?
Prompt 19: What can you do today to work towards achieving your big life goals?
Prompt 20: When I am in pain, emotionally or physically, what is the kindest thing I can do for myself?
Prompt 21: How would my best friend describe you?
Prompt 22: Write down five things I am proud of myself for.
Prompt 23: What was my last impulse buy? How did it make me feel?
Prompt 24: What have I learnt about myself over the past couple of weeks?
Prompt 25: Do I have any regrets? How does that make me feel? Is there anything I can do about it?
Prompt 26: What is my favourite physical activity?
Prompt 27: How does exercise make me feel?
Prompt 28: What do I do when I need more energy?
Prompt 29: How much time do I spend watching TV?
Prompt 30: How much time do I spend on social media? How does this make me feel?
Prompt 31: What is my dream job?
Prompt 32: When I was little, what did I want to become?
Prompt 33: What can I do to get closer to my dream job?
Prompt 34: Who have I lost touch with that I would like to reconnect with?
Prompt 35: When was the last time I had a good belly laugh? What happened?
Prompt 36: When was the last time I had a good cry? What happened?
Prompt 37: What does self-care mean to me?
Prompt 38: What can I do to better love and care for myself?
Prompt 39: Have I noticed any reoccurring themes while journaling?
Prompt 40: How have I changed in the past 10 years?
Prompt 41: Who do I hope to be in 10 years’ time?
Prompt 42: What are three things I am grateful for? How do these things make me feel?
Prompt 43: What is my favourite affirmation? How does is make me feel?
Prompt 44: What advice do I wish I could have given my 20year old self?
Prompt 45: When do I feel most successful?
Prompt 46: The hardest experience of my life was____
Prompt 47: The best experience of my life was ___
Prompt 48: Who do I need to forgive in my life and why?
Prompt 49: Do I need to ask for forgiveness from anyone else?
Prompt 50: What is something I should be celebrating right now? Why?
Prompt 51: What has been your biggest life lesson?
Prompt 52: What can I do to help someone who is struggling?
Prompt 53: When I spend time outside in nature how do I feel?
Prompt 54: When I close my eyes and listen to silence how do I feel?
Prompt 55: What is one thing that made me smile today and why?
Prompt 56: What is something I would like to save up my money to buy?
Prompt 57: What is a hobby I would like to spend more time doing, or start?
Prompt 58: What are my ultimate health goals? Why?
Prompt 59: What is my current life priority? Why?
Prompt 60: Free journal time – go forth and conquer!
I would love to hear how you go!