Do you keep a journal?
I have for years, since I was about 12 and received my first leather 5 year diary with a little clasp at the front. Some years I have been very detailed in my entries and others, well, to describe my written entries as “sparse” would be generous. Certainly in the past 5 years, daily journaling has been not only my ritual in self care but also my medicine.
Journaling is a very therapeutic exercise for me personally, where I find it easier to offload onto paper than out loud to another person. Once my thoughts are out, I can let them go. Once they are on the page I can begin to work through them like a puzzle to solve or an idea to develop and grow. It is an incredibly freeing and private way to collect myself.
But sometimes a block can come up and the ideas dry up or something happens that causes a phase of second guessing myself or challenges a previous view. In these times I have found journal prompts to be helpful for jump starting my thoughts and getting me thinking and creating again.
So, I am sharing some journal prompts that I have used recently and some that may help or assist you as we navigate these uncertain times, to ease any anxiety or think about the future.
- How am I feeling, right now?
- Where in my body am I feeling and holding my emotions?
- What is one thing I can do today to ease any anxiety or tension?
- What am I grateful for right now?
- What 10 things am I grateful for today?
- Where is the silver lining in my situation?
- If I could live my ideal day tomorrow, what would that look like?
- What are my non negotiable values?
- Why are my values, my values – where did I learn and accept them as such?
- How have I changed in the past 2 weeks?
- What have I learned in the past month?
- If I could change one thing in my life what would it be?
- What single task could I tackle today that would effect that change (from above prompt)?
- What habit would I most like to start and why?
- Who or what am I most inspired by?
- One thing I will never regret is … because …
- What do I to forgive myself for?
- What am I excited about?
- What am I looking forward to most once this period of Social Distancing is over?
- What am I learning about myself in this period of Social Distancing?
- If I could imagine a different world, what would it look like?
- What one thing could I do it make or be the change I would like to see in the new world?
Let me know if you have found these useful or if you want to share your own prompts in the comments below.