Sometimes, we need an outlet to express our thoughts and feelings. While it’s helpful to have a friend or family member to vent to, keeping a journal can also be a great way to both express our feelings but also keep them to ourselves. For those who think turning to a journal could be helpful for them, we’ve compiled 10 journaling prompts that can help ease your mind.
1. What Has Changed About You This Year?
A great way to realize who you are in the present moment is by comparing where you were last year. By putting last year and this year side by side, write down all the things you like about where you are in the present moment compared to the past as well as things you’d like to see happen.
2. Goals For Next Year
Who says resolutions only have to happen when the ball drops on New Year’s? Taking note of things you want to accomplish in the future can be the perfect motivation you need to make those dreams happen. In this prompt, make sure you have a whole page so you can keep adding to the list. Plus, as time goes on you’ll feel some major accomplishment after checking off and seeing all you’ve achieved over the year.
3. What Made You Smile Today?
Among the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we can forget to appreciate the good things. There are few different routes you could take with this prompt. One of them could be to make a list of everything that made you happy or smile that day. Another way is to take some time right before bed to write in detail one particular good thing that happened that day and how it made you feel. Whether it’s reuniting with a good friend or simply just seeing a beautiful flower, a special moment can never be too big or too small.
4. Daily Affirmations
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have struggles or insecurities. In order to sort through these, it can be helpful to address them head-on and give yourself affirmations to work past them. It could pertain to your personal life, career, or relationships. No matter what you choose, make sure to appreciate and love yourself with these affirmations.
Keeping a dream journal can be a lot easier said than done. For many of us, we don’t remember the entire dream we had while snuggling up with our pillows. However, when we wake up there may be a few things we remember from our slumber. Once waking up, grab your journal and just focus on specific moments of your dream that you remember. Journaling first thing in the morning can be a great way to start your day and get that creativity going.
6. Dream Places to Travel
This prompt is perfect for those who seek a sense of adventure and awe. Think about some places you’d like to travel to, and describe in detail why you want to go there and what you’d like to see. Not only can it be a great way to fulfill temporary wanderlust, but it also serves as motivation to actually make these travel plans in the future.
7. A Good Book You Read
Finishing an amazing book can sometimes feel like a huge loss. So, in order to relive your favorite parts it could be a good idea to journal about the book you just read and what you loved about it. Not an avid reader? This prompt could also be about an amazing movie or television show that struck a chord.
8. What Did You Do Today?
Perhaps one of the go-to journal prompts among many people, writing down your day can be a great way to unwind and reset. Even if it’s the weekend and you spent the day at home, there’s still plenty to write about.
9. Something You’re Proud Of
Sometimes, we just need to just give ourselves a pat on the back. With this prompt, write about something you’re proud of about yourself or something you did that day that you’re proud of. This way, you can give yourself a well-deserved humble brag and a boost of confidence.
10. What Do You Appreciate About The People In Your Life?
It’s so important to appreciate the loved ones in your life. In this prompt, take some time to name some of the most important people in your life and what you love about them. This can be a good reminder of the strong support system you have, and will also bring a smile to their faces if you choose to share it.