Starting a Journal + Prompt Ideas

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Journaling can be a powerful tool to help manage overwhelming thoughts and emotions, but journaling itself can feel overwhelming and daunting when you don’t know what to write about or how to begin. Even as a seasoned writer, I often feel this way, too, so I love to use journal prompts to help me better organize my thoughts.

Below are some of my favorite prompts:

  • What are three things that you are grateful for today?
  • What is something that you have been avoiding that you know you need to do?
  • Write a letter to your future self.
  • Write about a time when you felt completely at peace.
  • What is something that you would like to change about yourself?
  • Write about a goal you have and what you need to do to achieve it.
  • What is something that you would like to let go of?
  • What is something that you’re currently worried about?
  • What is something that you’re looking forward to in the future?

Remember that journaling is a personal practice, and there are no right or wrong ways to journal. The important thing is to be honest with yourself and to use this time to reflect on your thoughts and emotions. Be kind to yourself throughout the process, and with patience and dedication, you’ll begin to connect with yourself in a way that is beautifully authentic, and deeply personal.