Journaling can have a hugely beneficial impact on our own mental health and state of mind and there are so many benefits of writing down our feelings. I’ve dabbled on and off with journaling for the past few years. Writing every day then going months without writing a thing. It’s important to find a journaling strategy and routine that works for you because some people simply don’t have time to hand write pages and pages every day. Which is where these 30 journal prompts for mental health will come in!
If you do struggle with time but want to get the benefits of journaling, sticking to journal prompts can be a really good idea. Journal prompts are basically questions that you can answer in your journal every day. I think prompts are great because let’s face it… some days, you just don’t know what to say.
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On MANY occasion, my journal entry for the day has been, “got up early, did some exercise, going to work for the rest of the day”. And I mean, that’s not benefiting me at all is it? I’m not getting any of the benefits of journaling from just stating those boring facts. And it’s a waste of time.
Journal prompts for mental health are a great idea because it’s definitely known that journaling can improve your mental health and give you a safe space to write about how you feel without judgment. But, as anyone with a mental illness knows, it can get overwhelming. So sometimes, we might need a little helping hand. Which is where journal prompts for mental health come in nicely.
So if you want to start journaling and getting those amazing benefits from it but you simply don’t know where to start or what to say, check out these 30 journal prompts for mental health to get you started.
30 Journal Prompts For Mental Health:
1. How do you feel right now?
2. What is making you feel how you feel right now?
3. If you could change one thing about how you feel right now, what would it be?
4. Explain one thing that you’re grateful for right now
5. Explain the sensations in your body right now – be specific
6. Write down one worry you have right now
7. Now write down 3 logical ways to think about that worry
8. What do you need to let go of in your life right now?
9. What can you do to improve your mental health today?
10. Write down 3 things that you achieved today and how they made you feel
11. Talk about the happiest time of your life
12. When was the last time you did something for you?
13. What has a positive effect on your life and why?
14. How do you feel when you consider therapy or treatment for mental illness?
15. Think about the last time you were anxious that turned out to be nothing to worry about. How did that feel?
16. What did you learn from your biggest failure in life?
17. Talk about 3 things that make you seriously happy
18. How would you describe the state of your mental health to a stranger?
19. If you had to explain how to look after your mental health to an alien, what would you say?
20. If money was no object, what would you do / buy to make yourself happy?
21. Talk about one of your biggest fears. Be honest
22. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about having good mental health?
23. What triggers your anxiety / depression? How can you manage that?
24. Think about someone who has negatively impacted your mental health. Write them a letter
25. What was a turning point for your mental health?
26. How does social media make you feel?
27. What’s your thoughts on body image?
28. Is there anything good about anxiety? Think!
29. Write 5 things you love about yourself and explain why
30. Write a letter to God / the Universe or whatever you believe in about your mental health
There’s lots of different aspects of mental health to work through in these journal prompts for mental health. Which I think is important because it allows us to explore different aspects of our mental health, not just the obvious.
It allows us to dig deeper and whilst answering these journal prompts, it’s likely that you’ll uncover some stuff (not always good stuff) that will benefit you in the long run.
So whether you try a journaling challenge and answer one of these every day or dip into them occasionally when you’re struggling to figure out what to write (or even what to think), I hope you found these journal prompts for mental health useful.
Over to you. Do you write in a journal? Do you ever follow journal prompts? Let me know!
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