I first got into journaling about 2 years ago when I made it a mission that I was going to love myself wholeheartedly, little did I know that the decision came with healing. I never had a plan or journal prompts for healing but I just went with the flow. If you are struggling to write, know that it will get easier with time. I scoured through my journal prompts to find prompts that will be useful for your healing and self-mastery.
Journaling can be great for those who can’t really afford therapy, see it as a form of self therapy.
These journal prompts for healing will be what you need starting out in the world of journaling. One of the best ways to heal is through writing. Journal writing prompts will lead you to greater self-discovery for healing, especially if you’ve been through a recent breakup, childhood trauma or any trauma. It is particularly for those who want better for themselves.
You made it here because you are desperate to make a change in your life. Your future self will thank you and all the past versions of yourself will be happy that you believed in yourself enough to want change.
Benefits of journaling
- Increased awareness
- Better relationship with yourself and others
- Extremely cathartic it’s unbelievable!
- Improved mental state and can help to regulate our moods
- Organises your thoughts
- Improve your writing
- Gives you an opportunity to self reflect
- A way to practise mindfulness
- It boosts your confidence and you will have a better sense of self
- It helps you manifest your goals
- Journaling can be great for those who can’t afford therapy, see it as a form of self therapy
Bottomline Journalling has changed my life and I am certain that if you stick with it, it will change yours too.
How do you start a self-love journal?
Starting a journal can be daunting especially if it’s your first time facing your emotions. I will guide you on how to go from beginner to expert at journalling. Firstly, have it at the back of your mind that you don’t have to have it perfectly written, let your words flow no matter how silly they may come across. As with any other skill, it takes practice before you get comfortable so take that pressure off yourself and approach this as a fun exercise. All you need is a pen, an open mind and a notebook to get started.
I would also suggest adopting the writing exercise by Julia Cameron, Author of The Artist’s Way called the Morning Pages – a stream of consciousness journalling which involves filling out 3 pages of paper first thing every day. If it helps start out writing for 5 mins especially in the A.M as that’s when the stream of consciousness is most active.
Self love journal prompts for healing
You don’t have to be confused about what to write about self love. These self love prompts will guide you on what to write in a self help journal. Take this as a self love journal challenge, a chance of self-discovery, to explore the deeper aspects of what makes you, you.
Your inner child is a reflection of who you truly are before the world tried to tell you any different. Delving deeper into your inner child will uncover your true self-identity, your dreams, your passions, your purpose and your values.
- What did you love to do as a kid?
2. Is there anything you did as a kid that you have been avoiding doing? How will the little girl inside you feel, knowing that you don’t do those things anymore?
3. If you had to leave the house all day every day, where would you go? What would you do?
4. When you were much younger, around the age of 7 – 14 what activities did you enjoy doing?
5. What would you say to your 13-year-old self?
6. When do you feel the most alive? Recall those activities that make you feel that way and how can you do it more often?
7. What makes you forget to eat and drink? What is the one thing you do that makes you forget about time?
8. I feel good about myself when…. (Give a number of scenarios)
9. If you could travel back in time would you do anything differently?
10. What can you start doing today that would make your younger self proud?
11. What is it you do really well with the least amount of effort?
12. Where were your favourite places to visit as a child?
13. What made you feel safe, where did you go? What were you doing? Who were you with?
14. Who were your childhood heroes growing up and what did you admire about them?
As I learnt in therapy, healing is non-linear. Be prepared for ups and downs. There are going to be days where you feel like you are making progress and days where you are shocked in disbelief with how far you’ve come. Everyone has some kind of trauma, whether mild or severe, it will be worth fixing unresolved trauma if you want to be your best self.
15. What are your flaws? Which ones can you work on and which of them can you learn to accept?
16. Write down 10 things you like about your body?
17. What are the negative stories you tell yourself and how can you counteract it?
18. What are the 3 main parts of your life you would like to change and what are the subconscious limiting beliefs holding you back in those 3 areas of your life?
19. Write down an inventory of your 10 strengths
20. What are your emotional triggers and how do you often cope with them?
21. Give yourself some compassion by writing down the things you need to forgive yourself for
22. What did your last relationship teach you?
23. If you could say something to your ex what would it be?
24. When do you feel loved by others and how can you start by giving that to yourself?
25. What specific qualities do you want your friend to have?
26. List the qualities you look for in a life partner. Do you have all those qualities you are asking for?
27. What are the non-negotiables I expect my partner/friends to have? What would be considered a dealbreaker?
28. List the recurring patterns of behaviour that have been prevalent in your past relationship and how do you plan on effectively stopping the cycle?
29. Write a letter to people in your past (please don’t send it to them) expressing how much they hurt you?
30. Who are the people in your life/ past that you still need to let go of and forgive? (This could also include you)
31. How do you feel about your childhood? Write a letter to your mum and dad about it
32. I feel most confident when I…….(List as many as possible) How does it make you feel to be that confident and what brings down your confidence?
33. What are your greatest fears in life? And how can you start facing up to those fears?
34. Mention the 3 qualities you like about your personality, it could be anything really.
Being specific about what you want shifts the focus from what happened in the past to a future that you deserve. It gives you a sense of direction and will enable you to move on quicker from what is no longer serving you.
35. Name the things that make you happy, if you don’t know any what would you like to try that you haven’t been brave enough to?
36. Write a letter to your future self talking about your hopes and dreams for the future
37. If money wasn’t a thing what would you do?
38. What struggle or sacrifice are you willing to tolerate?
39. How are you going to impact and save the world?
40. What’s the number one regret you don’t want to have at 60?
41. If you knew you were going to die one year from today, what would you do and how do you want to be remembered.
42. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
43. What are your top 3 values and how do you plan on upholding them.
44. Name one thing in life that you wish to achieve. Come up with ideas on how to accomplish that goal.
45. What do you value most in life? Are your values aligned with your life? If not what can you start doing to align with your personal values?
46. What do I admire (or envy) most in others? What are you doing to become like them or even better?
47. What’s the one habit you want to consistently do for 365 days and why and what’s the one habit you want to break?
48 If you would do anything different this year what would it be ?
49. Name one thing in life that you wish to achieve and come up with ideas on how to accomplish that goal
50. What is the one thing you want to leave behind in the world? What would be your legacy?
Did you find any of these helpful? What style of journaling works better for you? What has been your own life-changing or meh experience with journaling? Let me know in the comments below.