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Try these journal prompts to improve mental health and self discovery. Remember to scroll down and sign up to receive a free printable copy of the prompts formatted on dotted journal pages.
Journaling Prompts for Mental Health and Self Discovery
A journal can feel like a constant companion, someone you can vent to when feeling angry or upset. When I first started journaling I found it easiest to write when I was angry about something. I’ve since learned to use my journal in a more balanced way and in this post I’ll share three weeks worth of journal writing prompts for mental health and self discovery.
It is completely fine to use your journal to vent your frustrations. In fact, go for it! It can help you think through your challenges and make good choices. It is better to get stuff down on paper and think it through than to blow up at someone and wreck a relationship!
I have found sitting down and mindfully thinking through situations with a journal has helped me to strategically deal with difficult people and situations. At times it has helped me to notice and change negative thought patterns that were getting in my way.
That said, if you only use your journal for negative events, it starts to feel negative to use. It becomes a reminder for all things negative.
Journaling for Mental Health
(Disclaimer: This post is not intended to treat mental illness but is instead an effort to help you be more mindful and aware in your everyday life. If you are in need of mental health treatment, please contact a local mental health clinician)
The way you think changes your perspective and impacts your life substantially. By focusing your mind on positive aspects of life you change your mood and experience better mental health.
Some days it’s harder to think positively than others. I’ve created three weeks worth of journaling prompts for mental health and self discovery to share with you. (I was going to create a month but if you’re like me, you’ll skip some days anyway haha).
The key is to write what comes to mind without judgment. Try not to censor what you write. You might just learn something about yourself and what makes you feel better!
I encourage you to set aside a few minutes each day to mindfully reflect on these questions. Try to get away from distractions and just work on these questions for a few minutes. This will help you to experience the benefit of the questions. They can change your mood if you let them.
- Fill a page with things that make you happy. You can do this as a list or as drawings.
- Things I like to do when I’m off of work.
- My favorite memories from childhood.
- Describe a time you felt loved and cherished. What was the most meaningful to you? What helped you feel loved?
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has this changed?
- What was your biggest accomplishment and how did you feel when you reached it? Describe that day in detail, including feelings and thoughts.
- You have a full day to spend doing whatever you want to do. How will you spend it? Who will you spend it with? (Hint: It is ok to spend it alone if you wish)
- If money were not an issue, what would you do with your time?
- Describe a time when you were challenged. How did you get through it? What did you learn about your strengths?
- What gets you fired up? What are you passionate about? This can be something that gets you excited or something that gets you angry.
- What is your definition of success? In what areas do you consider yourself successful?
- Write five things you are grateful for.
- What do you like about yourself? What are your best qualities?
- Who do you look up to for inspiration? What qualities do you like best about that person?
- What would other people say is your superpower? What do others look to you for?
- What goal would you like to reach this year? What will it look like when you reach it? How will you feel?
- Write about the first time you met your partner. What were your first impressions? If you don’t have a partner, talk about a friend.
- What is one thing you learned this week that you want to remember?
- How would you like your life to change in five years? In 10 years? How would you like it to stay the same?
- List five traits you have that make you unique
- If you won one million dollars, what would you do with it?
I hope you find these helpful! I’ve also made a printable version of this as bulleted journal pages. Enter your email below to get it! (Here is my favorite paper for printing bullet journal pages. It is fountain pen friendly!)
Marlena is the blogger behind apenandapurpose.com, where she writes about using journaling for self improvement and reaching goals in life and business. Using her experience as a Licensed Psychologist with a Master’s in Business, she teaches people how to break through negative thoughts and fear to do what matters. For more about me read my about page.