If you’ve been wanting to get into journaling but aren’t sure where to start, journal prompts are a great way to get your mind moving. Answering at least one journal prompt per day will allow you to reflect on your life as well as think about what you’d like to prioritize in the future. Check out our list of 15 mindful journal prompts that you can add to your notebook!
Thinking about your dream life and outlining all the ideal ways you would reach it will allow you to reflect on your life as it is now. What can you do to change things? How can you shape your life in such a way that you are truly living it to the fullest? This will allow you to come up with a plan and start thinking about what makes you happiest.
Throughout life, we are constantly growing and changing as individuals. Reflect back on your life when you were younger – what were you like? How have you changed since then? Think about the experiences you went through. This could be a childhood version of yourself or a teenaged version of yourself. Think about what you would want to say to that person now that you’ve gained more wisdom. This prompt will have you feeling whimsical and allow you to realize how much you have grown since then.
When it comes to relationships, we all have different preferences for what matters most to us. You could write about what you would value in a romantic relationship, or even a platonic relationship. Many of these qualities tend to overlap, so think about the type of person you’d want to include in your life. Are they kind? Funny? Do they truly listen when you speak? This will become a great basis for who you want to let into your world.
On the therapeutic side of things, consider the pain you’ve been through in the past and how you can heal from those situations. What do you need to let go of? Is it anger? Hurt? Better yet, what do you need to write about in order to grow? Allowing your feelings out of your body and onto paper is an incredible experience that will help you reflect on the past. You can even burn the notebook page afterwards in order to truly move on.
It’s easy to get caught up in life’s many challenges and difficulties. Writing about what makes you happiest will serve as a reminder that life isn’t always bad. This will allow you to think more optimistically and focus on what matters the most to you.
The idea of manifesting what you want in life may sound corny, but whether you believe in manifestation or not, writing down what you want to accomplish and achieve can be a powerful experience. Think about what you want to do in the future – what kind of job do you want? How do you envision your life years down the line? Asking yourself these questions and putting them on paper is a great way to start making changes.
Positive affirmations are more of an open-minded approach to writing. Positive affirmations are a way to boost your self-esteem and think about the qualities you love about yourself. Examples of positive affirmations include: “I am strong. I am beautiful. I am doing everything I can to become the best version of myself.” Think about what you need to hear, and tell yourself those things!
When we think about following our dreams, one question tends to stop us from chasing them – but what if I fail?. Imagine if failure wasn’t an option at all, and all you could do was succeed. What would you do? Asking ourselves this question is a way to think about what we are truly passionate about. After answering this question, consider the idea that you won’t fail at all! Everything is worth a try, and if you aren’t trying, you aren’t truly living.
If you want to have kids sometime in the future, consider writing a letter to your future child. What type of wisdom would you want to impart on them? What kind of morals do you want to instill in them? You can also tell your future child about yourself and where you are in your life right now. This would be a great reference for you and your future child to come back to when the time is right.
Think about all the little things in your life that are causing you the most stress, and put them down on paper. It can be overwhelming to carry these things around inside you all the time, but simply putting them in writing will allow you to feel more control over your stressors. After doing this, think about what you can do to change them. If there’s nothing you can really do, allow yourself to bask in the comfort that you don’t have control over everything. Some things are out of your hands, and realizing this will help you take the pressure off of yourself.
Writing down all the positive parts of your life will help you to focus on them a little more. Think about positive experiences, people, places, and things that help you get through the day. This will be a good reference point for you to come back to when you’re feeling down.
We all make mistakes; after all, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. It’s easy to carry a guilty conscience, but consider forgiving yourself for these mistakes. What do you regret saying or doing in the past? Who do you regret hurting? If there’s something in your life that you’re having trouble letting go of, try getting it down on paper and forgiving yourself. This will be a powerful way for you to grow past what you’ve done.
In a world that profits off of our insecurities, it’s important to love ourselves and be gentle with our minds. How can you be kinder to yourself? Whether you need to be kinder to your mind or body, think about what you are most insecure about and try learning how to love those parts the most! You can also write about what you love most about yourself and figure out a way to compromise.
Who are the most consistent people in your life? In other words, who is constantly showing up for you, no matter what? Think about these people, and consider writing about them. Write about their personalities, what you admire most about them, and how they’ve impacted your life for the better. You can keep this to yourself, or you can share this with them! Regardless, this is a great way to think about how you want to emulate the people that are most important to you.
Home isn’t really a place – it’s more of a feeling. Home is where we feel safe, loved, and accepted. That being said, what feels like home to you? This will have you thinking about the most important aspects of your life and where you need to go when you’re feeling lost.
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