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If you are working on your own personal growth and healing journey, you should begin journaling with these journal prompts for growth.
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
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 journal prompts about growth.
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Journal Prompts About Growth
- What makes you feel safe?
- What scares you the most?
- What do you need more of in life?
- What is a fear you would like to get over?
- What do you want to get better at?
- What are five things you’d like to change about yourself
- What makes you smile?
- Write down 5 of your top priorities
- What three things should you let go of?
- What do you want more of in life?
- What are five things you like about yourself?
- What are five things you like about your role models
- If you could have any hobby, what would it be?
- What are three goals you have?
- How can you express more love to yourself?
- How can you express more love to others?
- What do you find most stressful right now?
- What is your favorite part about life right now?
- Who do you look up to and why?
- What does your ideal day look like?
- What are three ways you could make your #1 goal happen?
- How do you like to relax?
- When is the last time you did something you were afraid of?
- If you could get over any one of your fears, what would it be?
- When you’re 80, what will you regret not doing with your life right now?
There we have it. A full list of journal prompts about growth to help you on your own growth and healing journey!
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