When you start journaling for self discovery, you begin to find some incredible built in health benefits.These benefits might take a little while to become apparent, so be patient and don’t rush the process. Just remember not to force yourself to feel or experience something you think you should be experiencing. It’s okay to let come naturally.
One of my favorite benefits of journaling is the ability to truly become a happier and more peaceful person. By starting an intentional journaling practice you’ll find clarity, vision for the future and so much more.
The first thing to remember is that journaling is not meant to be perfect. Don’t pressure yourself. You don’t have to do it in a particular way. You aren’t showing your journal to anyone (unless you want to), so you can write anything and everything you want without worrying about any repercussions.
Your journal is your private sanctuary, your safe haven, the one place you can go to where you can express all your inner thoughts and hopes and fears without worrying about judgment or ridicule.
Journaling can provide so much power for your life, allowing you to become a much more peaceful person, and ultimately, a happier person and content person as you go through life’s ups and downs..
Gratitude is an amazing benefit you get by journaling. Sometimes it can seem a little counter-intuitive, but when you are more thankful for what is in your life, it brings in even more happiness and more things to be grateful for.
Never underestimate the power of gratitude! No matter where your life is now, there is always something to be grateful for. Here are some examples to get you going. Remember, what you’re grateful for is going to be unique for you.
* You have steady employment whether it is your dream job or not.
* Your personal/family life is going well.
* You got up today.
* Your illness is improving.
* You have amazing friends in your life.
* You accomplished something today.
* You are working hard on your goals.
* You have all the basic comforts people need.
* You had help with a big problem you were experiencing.
* Your faith is helping to bring you peace in a dark time.
99 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery
- What is the one thing you are most grateful for in your life right now?
- Name 5 things you are grateful for this week.
- Who is someone you can’t imagine your life without?
- What is a way you can show more gratitude every day?
- Do you feel that you appreciate the good in your life often enough?
- What is something that made you smile today?
- Write down one memory that this month provokes.
- What ideas inspire you?
- What one thing/fear would you like to conquer this month?
- Who are you most grateful for this year?
- What one thing has happened to your family & how did you cope or celebrate?
- What color do you think about most around this time of year?
- Take your journal outside today and just doodle or sketch instead of writing!
- How do you exercise with your child or younger relative?
- Have you met your health goals this year?
- What business plans can you put into place this month?
- What local foods are in season now? How can you incorporate them into your meals this week?
- Describe the weather outside today.
- What is the one thing you love about where you live?
- Focus on one healthy goal for this week.
- What do you love about your life?
- Name someone that you appreciate right now?
- If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
- What creative projects are you currently working on?
- If you could change places with someone else this month, who would it be?
- Describe some ways you can add more walking into your routine.
- List 10 goals you would like to complete this month
- Name 5 things you are grateful for this month.
- Talk about an obstacle you overcame this year
- Get outside and enjoy the sunshine, then journal your experience.
- What is a good way to relax and unwind this month?
- What is your favorite flower or plant?
- Visit a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while. Describe that day here.
- Do you have personal challenges to overcome this month?
- Reflect on your self-care practice. What is one new thing you can do for yourself this month?
- List 3 things you haven’t done in a while, and try to do them this month.
- List 10 things you love about yourself.
- Check in with your health: Are there any improvements that need to be done?
- How are you feeling this month?
- How is your mental health right now?
- What is one creative thing you can do this month?
- Are you honest with yourself?
- Describe your day in bullet points.
- Talk about what you will be doing this weekend
- Are you happy with your current friendships and/or relationships?
- Do you feel happy with your life right now?
- What are 3 things you can do this week to help improve your life?
- What’s your biggest concern
- Are you more of a positive or negative person?
- What do you think are the best qualities in your family and friends?
- How can you be a better friend?
- What do you believe are some strengths of yours?
- Do you think you value yourself enough?
- How can you develop a more positive mindset?
- What is something you are struggling with?
- Describe the times when your mind went to negative thoughts today.
- Is there one specific thing you are trying to work on?
- Do you believe you are a good person?
- What was the best part of your day?
- What is your current morning routine, and how can you improve it?
- Do you feel happy today?
- What are your main personal goals?
- Where would you like to be a year from now?
- Do you have a five year goal?
- Do you have a ten year goal?
- Who or what do you aspire to be?
- What is your goal for next week?
- What are some things you would like to accomplish this year?
- Do you have a bucket list?
- Are you where you thought you would be at this point in your life?
- Who is someone that inspires you?
- What is a movie you can watch that always makes you laugh?
- Do you have a favorite book that you like to reread?
- What are your favorite playlists?
- Is there a skill you would like to learn?
- What hobbies would you like to learn how to do?
- If you could be great at one musical instrument, what would it be?
- If you could start your life over, would you?
- What is one thing about your life you would willingly change?
- What is something that was difficult, but you would never change?
- What is a mistake today that you believe you learned from?
- Name something you are proud of today.
- What is something you can do to be physically healthier?
- Do you feel like you made healthy choices today?
- Do you have any fitness goals? List them here.
- How can you schedule in more time for your health and wellness?
- Is anything causing you stress today?
- Eliminate one bad habit, then see how you feel in a week.
- Keep track of your mental health signs and symptoms for one month.
- Who is your best friend now?
- Do you remember who your best friend in elementary school was?
- Who is someone you used to be friends with, but aren’t any longer? Why did you grow apart?
- Who is someone from your childhood you would like to find again
- If you could talk to one person right now, who would it be
- What is your family life like right now?
- Do you have a significant other? Talk about them.
- Talk about a memory between you and a sibling.
- Write a letter to a family member who has passed, who you would love to catch up with.
- Do you have any family pets? Write what you love about them!
- Are there other pets you would love to get?