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21 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection + Printable Journal

Have you ever wanted to start a journal but don’t know how or where to start? Here are 21 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection. Using these journal writing prompts will give you focus and direction as to what to write.

21 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

These journal questions are quite helpful since they make your writing and journaling journey easier.

You can write about a particular topic under each journal prompt.

You can write a gratitude journal with gratitude journal prompts, or even a self-improvement journal using self-improvement tips as writing prompts.

What are Journal Prompts?

Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection or writing prompts are journaling ideas that can help you focus on what to write.

These are like headers for your journals that give direction to your writing.

They can be in a form of questions, tips, tasks, pictures, or even affirmations for self-discovery.

It is said that writing prompts increase interest in writing in students as well as encourage student creativity when it comes to writing or responding to prompts.

These writing prompts help defeat writer’s block.

In conclusion, journal prompts to encourage creativity, give focus and direction to your writing, and increase your interest in writing.

They are also great tools for self-discovery.

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Items You Might Need To Get Started

How to Start a Mental Health Journal

You will need a notebook and your favorite pen.

You can start your mental health journal with your “Why?” Ask a question.

Write something about your day. Describe a feeling or an emotion. There are no rules to writing a journal.

Write what you feel or think. By answering your questions or writing down your thoughts and feelings, you will achieve clarity as you move along.

The journal is your safe space. Use it as much as you want. Nobody will judge you, or correct your grammar, or spelling.

Errors in composition and sentence construction are allowed as long as you understand them.

You just have to let your stream of consciousness flow freely.

Next, you can decide what type of journaling you are going for.

You can do a bullet journal, which is great for goal-setting and tasks, as well as self-awareness and mindfulness practice.

21 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

You can also write every morning and just simply write. Write everything that comes to your head. This is referred to as the morning journal.

You can also have a dream journal wherein you write all that you dream about the previous night.

A gratitude journal will help you see the bright side of things. This will help you be mindful and grateful (great for mental health, I must say).

You can also start a Self-Reflectionjournal. This is a broad type so you can break it down to self-discovery, lashing out or catharsis, or anxiety/stress journal.

A pregnancy journal entails your journey during pregnancy. You can also include pre-and post-natal events in your journal; that way, you can show this to your baby in the future.

There are other types of journals that you can do: food journal, art journal, scrapbooks, dear diary type.

You could even include fun planner stickers to make your writing more creative.

It all boils down to the end goal which is clarity and self-discovery.

Benefits of Having a Journal as a Writing Challenge

Stress is a constant factor in our lives. It comes in all forms, be it a person, a task, a job, a setting or environment, an event, or even a word, stress is everywhere.

One way of managing stress is by having great coping skills and stress management.

One of the strategies is by releasing your emotions through journaling. Having a journal is like having a confidante.

You can vent or lash out, without the risk of being judged for whatever you write.

Keeping a journal can help release stress, encourage creativity, and help with goal setting.

21 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

Here are some benefits of having a journal as a writing challenge.

  • Journaling can help you relax.
  • Journaling boosts your mood.
  • Journaling encourages self-awareness and mindfulness.
  • Journaling helps you stay in tune with your emotions.
  • Journaling helps with goal-setting and achieving those goals.
  • Journaling can help solve problems (by encouraging you to focus on finding resolutions to those problems).
  • Journaling brings out creativity, resourcefulness, willpower, confidence, and a lot more!

If you want to start a journal but don’t know how or where to begin, try taking some of these prompts and writing about them.

Writing in your journal is very therapeutic! It can help with emotional healing, self-reflection, goal setting, learning more about yourself and what makes you happy.

This article gives twenty-one different ideas that will hopefully give you the inspiration to get started on this meaningful journey.

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21 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

21 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

  1. What does your dream life look like? Describe in detail.
  2. What is your ideal day?
  3. Where do you see yourself in 6 months? 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?
  4. What do you know to be true today that I didn’t know a year ago?
  5. At this moment, what are 10 things you’re grateful for?
  6.  When do I feel most in tune with myself?
  7. If you could talk to anyone dead or alive, it would be…because…
  8. Write down your top 10 goals to complete by the end of the year.
  9. Who do you look up to the most? Why?
  10. If someone else described you, what do you think they’d say? Why?
  11. What does happiness mean to you?
  12. How have you changed in the last 5 years? What’s the biggest lesson you learned?
  13. If today was your last day, what would you do?
  14. If you could advise your younger self, what would you say?
  15. What do you need more of in your life?
  16. If you could have any three things in the world, what would they be?
  17. What are 10 things you love about yourself? Why?
  18. What did you love to do as a kid?
  19. How can you feel more fulfilled in your life?
  20. What are my best qualities?
  21. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
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Additional Journal Prompts

  • What’s your dream job?
  • Who do you look up to the most? Why?
  • If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
  • Write down 5 positive affirmations about yourself. Repeat them daily.
  • What’s your favorite memory?
  • How did your darkest moments shape you into who you are today?
  • If you could live at any other time, what would it be? And what would you be doing?
  • When do you feel the most at peace?
  • Set a timer and write down whatever comes to your mind.
  • What can you do today to move you closer to your goals?
  • What type of person do you want to be known as?
  • What do you value most in life?
  • What’s one toxic thing (or person) in your life you need to let go of?
  • What fears hold you back from living your best life?
  • What’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but were too scared of?
  • How can you take better care of yourself?
  • What self-care practices will you try today?
  • At the end of life, what would you want to be remembered by?
  • What makes you feel alive? And when was the last time you felt that way?

Final Thoughts on Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

After answering the journal writing prompts, read them back. You will be surprised at your answers.

Journaling should be done in all honesty. Not only is it a great tool for self-discovery and reflection, but it is also an excellent therapeutic tool for mental health.

You deserve to have clarity in your life and the only way to do it is through an honest self-reflection.

Don’t forget to come back and let me know how your Journal Prompts turned out!

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