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If you are going through a self healing and discovery journey, these healing journal prompt ideas are exactly what you need.
How is Journaling Helpful For Your Mental Health?
Oh man. Journaling is helpful for your mental health for so many reasons.
Journaling is helpful for…
- decluttering your mind
- making sense of your thoughts
- helps you prioritize your thoughts
- decreases negative self talk
- helps you recognize your triggers
Amongst many other things. You can read a bit more about how journaling affects your mental health in this post.
But let’s dive a bit deeper for a moment.
First off, journaling helps declutter your anxious mind which I am sure we can all agree is super helpful when your mind won’t stop spinning. My favorite way to declutter my anxious mind is by brain dumping (which you can read more about in this post).
Next, it helps you make sense of your thoughts. Whether they be anxious thoughts, curious thoughts, dreams or goals, journaling will help you make sense of them. This is helpful for breaking down what is really going on and helping you make a plan for your thoughts.
That leads us into how journaling can help you prioritize your thoughts. Journaling can help you navigate your thoughts and give you the opportunity to prioritze them in whichever way makes the most sense for you. Maybe you’re struggling with the many tasks you have to do. With journaling, you could then write about how each task will affect your life and from there break down where to begin.
Another thing journaling helps with is decreasing negative self talk. This is where journal prompts can be helpful, or even daily journal affirmations. Writing about things like your strengths, what you’re thankful for, or what you like about yourself will help you shift the narative you have of yourself in your mind.
Finally, journaling helps you recognize your triggers. If you’re really struggling at the moment and take out your journal, odds are you’re going to dump out exactly what is bothering you. Then you will be able to pinpoint what it is that caused the spiral (your trigger) and you’ll be able to better understand and navigate your triggers moving forward.
How to Get Started Journaling Using Journal Prompts
Journaling is most helpful when you have something to write about but often times that can be difficult to do on your own. Instead, it is helpful to use journal prompts.
What are journal prompts?
Well, journal prompts are essentially focused topics for you to write about. You can find them on Pinterest, in guided journal books, or even on social media apps like Instagram and TikTok. You’ll find a variety of journal prompts to choose from and I suggest just picking a random one and going with it!
Btw, this list of healing journal prompt ideas is a great list to start with 😉
Journaling Tips for Beginners
- start slow. You do not have to journal every day to find the benefits of journaling for your mental health. Instead, focus on adding it in at first where it makes the most sense for you
- try out different techniques such as braindumping, guided journals, bullet journaling, and more
- forget any and all judgements. This journal is for you and only you.
- be honest with yourself
- if you want it to become a regular thing, create a writing routine for yourself
- keep a list of your favorite go to prompts that help declutter and soothe your mind
Now that you have a better understanding of journaling, let’s dive into my list of healing journal prompt ideas.
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Healing Journal Prompt Ideas
- What did you survive that you are proud of?
- Who has believed in you the most?
- What are five things that make you feel most like yourself
- What would you say to your past self to help them get through the pain
- What color represents your pain and why?
- If you could spend an entire day doing things you enjoy, what would you do?
- What is a negative thought that you have about your pain that isn’t logically true?
- What are five positive things that have come from your experience
- Describe your safe space
- What new opportunities have come from my healing?
- What does true happiness mean to you?
- Write about a trauma response you are working on
- How do you remind yourself of your strength?
- What are my thoughts telling me about this pain?
- What is a good memory regarding this situation?
- How are you coping with this?
- How could you do better coping with this?
- What do you hope to get out of healing?
- If you wrote a letter of forgiveness to yourself, what would it say?
- What does unconditional love look like to you?
- Describe your perfect day. Sounds, feelings, smells, etc
- What would you change in your life right now if you could?
- What do you need to let go of?
I hope you were able to take a few of these healing journal prompt ideas to expand on and that they helped you a bit!
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