If you don’t know what to write in a journal or find it difficult to get started, below are some journaling prompts that can help:
Keep a gratitude journal
– simply write about people or aspects of your life that you’re grateful for. Topics could be as simple as gratitude for a loving partner or cuddles with your cat. Gratitude journaling has been shown to have extensive benefits such as making you friendlier and more open, increasing optimism, helping you make progress towards your goals, reducing physical pain and encouraging exercise.
– see this as an opportunity to learn more about yourself, instead of negative self-talk and criticism. Ask yourself questions such as, ‘why did I act a certain way?’, ‘what matters to me?’ or ‘what did I do right or wrong’ to improve self-awareness, figure out what’s holding you back and plan out your next steps.
– simply describe your day or an event that occurred; you may be surprised to find that along the way you have a lot more to say than you originally thought.
Get to the root of anxieties
– write down all your anxieties to help put them in perspective. Often when we write them all down, we realize we’ve blown them out of proportion and most of them are irrational. For ones that are rational, put steps in place that can help counteract and soothe them.
Keep a log of your successes
– this is handy to come back to when you’re feeling down on yourself and need a positive boost
Pick a theme
– journaling doesn’t have to just be about you, you can pick a topic that you love to write about like nature, sports, books, art, travel, music and more.