If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know that I talk about journaling almost all the time!
I’ve already published pretty much a lot of articles about journaling such as:
- Journal Writing for Beginners
- Interstitial Journaling: How to Journal for Productivity
- 9 Techniques to Develop a Journaling Habit
Since 1966, journaling has been used as therapy for emotional or physical problems, and work through trauma, illness, addiction, or relationship problems. Until now, a lot of therapists often prescribe keeping a journal for many different reasons.
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Journaling never really gets out of style!
Feeling stressed? Journal it out.
Feeling fulfilled and happy? Write it down.
Want to improve your mental health? Start keeping a journal.
As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to think of ways to check in with your mental health. In this post, I’m going to share with you some facts about journaling and of course, journal prompts for better mental health!
That said, let’s get started! Shall we?
Why Journaling is Important for Mental Health
Journaling has a lot of different benefits to our mental health.
It also has many reasons why therapists and professionals recommend keeping a journal.
Katie Holmes of Outwit Trade published a compilation of insights from people who have been journaling for years, health professionals, and therapists on why they recommend journaling. Here are some of them:
1. Keeping a journal helps you process and express your thoughts and emotions.
Writing down our thoughts into paper allows us to look at our thoughts more clearly.
It helps us to figure out what is important, what we can do to solve our problems and see our challenges from a new perspective.
2. Journaling is a great way to practice mindfulness.
By hand-writing down our thoughts, we learn how to focus on the present.
Mindfulness while journaling helps us remove ourselves from the past and look forward to the future, improving our mood.
3. Journaling helps you discover patterns of behavior.
Being aware of our behavior patterns is important to change and reframe our thoughts.
Journaling helps us to be aware of whether our thoughts are positive or negative that needs to change.
20 Journaling Prompts to Improve your Mental Health
Here’s the list of journal prompts for mental health! It’s important to fully reflect on all these questions.
Feel free to take some time in journaling to help you improve and feel better.
- What are the five things I am grateful for in my life?
- What qualities about myself do I love the most? What makes me love them?
- How have I changed in the last three months?
- What was the toughest challenge I have ever faced in my life?
- What did I learn out of my biggest life challenge?
- What makes me feel loved? Why?
- What is my go-to cure for a bad day? Why?
- What are the things I wish other people knew about me and why?
- What little things bring me peace and joy in my daily life? Why?
- Who is one person I’m most comfortable with? What does this person do to make me feel safe and at ease?
- When was the last time I cried? What caused me to cry?
- When was the last time I laughed so hard? Why?
- What are the three things I can do today to make me feel grounded and centered?
- What emotions or thoughts do I want to let go of? Why?
- What does “surrendering” mean to me? How can I let go and surrender all my worries?
- What is one thing that I’m proud of? Why?
- What are my helpful coping mechanisms? How can I incorporate more of these every day?
- What are the three reminders I want myself to remember when I’m feeling down?
- What does my perfect day look like?
- If I keep living life this way, would I become the person I want to be? Why?
There you have it! I hope these journal prompts help you clear your mind and release your thoughts about whatever you’re going through right now.
It’s okay to struggle, have hard times, and be not okay, and it’s okay to reach out for help. Remember that you’re not alone!
If you want to take your journaling to the next level, check out the FREE self-discovery workbook I created to better understand yourself.
What’s your favorite journal prompt in this post? Do you have some tips on how to nourish our mental health? Feel free to comment down below!
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Jocelyn is a coffee lover who believes that a bad day with coffee is better than a good day without it. You can find her obsessing over stationery, hanging out with her cat, or singing her favorite Taylor Swift songs.