10 GOOD JOURNALING PROMPTS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED
When you hear the word “Health,” we’re willing to bet some of the first things that come to mind are physical exercise and diets. We spend a majority of our time focusing on what we look like on the outside, leaving little time to consider how we actually feel on the inside. One good first step to becoming more in-tune with your thoughts and feelings is to start a journal - it’s been shown to reduce stress, improve your mood and immune function, improve your memory, and strengthen your emotional health.
(It's also a great way to fulfill a Mental Pillar Activity for Tour de Endure!)
However, such a task can be overwhelming at first, and that’s okay! Here are 10 prompts to help you get started on your Journaling Journey:
Crack open your notebook and write down whatever thoughts come to mind in whatever format is most comfortable for you. No need to proofread or overthink, just get the thoughts from your head down onto paper. Take a moment after you’re finished to stop and recognize how you feel inside - isn’t it nice to de-clutter your brain?
9. If I Could Have a Conversation with My Teenage Self…
Write a letter to your younger self. Give yourself advice you wish you’d heard when you were that age, compliments about your accomplishments at that time, and updates on how the future has turned out.
8. Inspirational List
Make a list of everything that inspires you - from people to places to songs or memories, just write it all down. Go back and reread it when you need a burst of inspiration.
7. I Really Wish Others Knew This About Me
Write about something you wish others knew about you - whether it’s a secret hobby or an accomplishment you’re too humble to brag about.
6. How Do You Define Success?
Be honest - how do YOU define success, not how you see others define it. Then think of things you can do to achieve your own personal definition of success.
5. What are Three Things You’re Looking Forward to The Most Right Now?
Use this exercise often, and use it to cultivate gratitude. What are some things, big or small, that you’re excited to experience?
4. Make a List of the Little Things
Sometimes, especially on tough days, it helps to make a list of the little things that happened that made you happy for a brief moment, or small tasks that you accomplished and you’re proud of completing. Take some time to make a list of those things and focus on the simple pleasures.
3. What Three Things Could You Give Up to Give Yourself More Time, Energy and Peace?
We carry a lot around with us all the time, and sometimes we get weighed down. What are some thoughts, feelings, tasks, routines, or other things that you’re holding onto too tightly that would lighten your load if you just let them go?
2. What is Something You Have Never Done, But Wanted to Do, and Why is it Important?
Write about something you want to do but haven’t yet. Explore what’s stopping you, and write about why it’s important that you do this thing. Maybe you’ll find the courage to take the steps toward doing it!
1. Make a List of 10 Small, Minor, Insignificant Things In Your Life That You’re Grateful For
It can be anything from your morning cup of coffee to the way your dog wags his tail when you come home from work. Bonus points if you can think of more than 10!