How to Journal & Journal Prompts to Improve Your Mental Health
My last blog post was about journaling to improve your mental health. In this post, I wanted to show you how to start a journal and share some prompts to improve your mental health. As you all know I suffer from anxiety and depression. So, I regularly journal as a form of therapy for myself. Putting pen to paper has immensely helped me.
How To Start A Journal
First you want to choose the kind of journal you want to keep. It can be overwhelming to choose a journal with so many options out there to choose from. The main question you need to ask yourself when choosing is, “Do I want a free style or guided journal?”
Free style gives your more options. For example, you can brain dump or use prompts If you want guided journals do come with prompts so the ability to free write is limited. Personally, I use a free style type of journal so that I may journal however I am feeling that particular day.
Write your first entry
This can be the most intimidating part of the process. But I learned to just put my pen to the paper and just write out all my thoughts. I started with a brain dump. Then I began to follow journal prompts once I got comfortable.
Schedule a Time
Consistency is key as I mentioned in my previous post. You want to make sure you schedule a time for journaling.
Date Your Entries.
By dating your entries, you can look back and see your progress. You can look back and reflect on how you dealt with certain situations and emotions.
Your journal is for your eyes only, so be honest with yourself. There’s no judgment. So, write down the truth about what’s going on and your feelings. Just let the words flow onto the paper.
17 Daily Journal Prompts for Mental Health
- When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, how do you notice it? How do you react? Could you improve your reaction?
- Today I want to feel ____ & to feel this way, I will ____.
- Describe your perfect day…
- I’m thankful for…(be specific)
- Write a letter to your teenage self.
- Write a letter to your future self.
- 5 ways I could nourish my mind, body, and spirit today.
- 5 ways I could love myself today.
- 3 ways I could stay present today.
- What am I needing most right now?
- What do you wish someone would tell you when you’re having a hard time?
- If you could change 1 thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
- What do I need to let go of?
- What are 5 positive things in your life?
- What motivates you to keep going?
- What are your best character traits?
- What s the biggest life lesson you’ve learned? Describe how it has impacted your life.
Journaling provides you with an outlet. It is also a way to improve your mental health. I hope you find these tips and prompts helpful to get you started! Stay tuned, there will be more prompts to come!!