Beginner Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

A collection of prompts focusing on self-reflection, thought provocation and creativity.

Let this guide serve as a starting point and allow your own thoughts to lead your writing. Journaling can help you reach goals, identify emotions that lead to certain behaviors, provide a healthy outlet, spark creativity and overall be therapeutic. It's also great for organizing aspects of your daily routine. We'll curate another blog post to touch on daily planning later. For now, let's dive into these prompts.

WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?

− Try to list at least two traits that are unique to you. One focusing on an outward/physical trait and one that focuses on the inner you such as a personality trait.

Today you are you Dr. Seuss quote

HAVE YOU CHANGED OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS?

− Think about where you were emotionally five years ago. Are you in a better place mentally? If not, are there any toxic relationships or circumstances that need to be re-evaluated?

HOW DO YOU RE-CHARGE?

− Do you need alone time to unwind or simply gather your thoughts? Maybe you enjoy crafting or writing? Be specific on the things that are therapeutic to your well-being and that bring you peace or joy. Plan to fit one or some of these activities into your schedule on a regular basis even if it is only monthly that you find the time to do so. Creativity Inspo: Try adding a few doodles to your journal. Maybe some flowers or if you aren't great at drawing, stickers are great for this too.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG?

− It’s difficult to choose just one but focus on one of your favorite songs that puts you in a good mood. Is it the rhythm that lightens your mood? Maybe it’s the meaning of the song that really moves you. Creativity Inspo: Would you rewrite a verse or add another if you could?

WHERE ARE THE PLACES YOU’VE MOST ENJOYED VISITING?

− Reflect on your time spent in the places you love. These could be places visited while on vacation or even near to home such as Grandma’s house. Note how you feel while in these places, do you leave feeling refreshed, loved or maybe even accomplished. Creativity Inspo: Create a travel journal that you can add photos, post cards, stickers and quick jots such as quotes that will forever remind you of the magical places you’ve visited.

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR SHORT-TERM GOALS?

− What can you do today that will help you attain or accomplish this goal?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR LONG TERM GOALS?

− Do you have a plan in place for this goal? Try revisiting it to make sure you’re on track. If you don’t have a plan, now is a good time to start a rough draft on your plan of action.

WHAT ARE THREE AWESOME THINGS THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK/MONTH?

− Did you have a part in initiating any of these things? How did you feel? Were you the receiver or giver of an experience or gift? Maybe you finally had the chance to try a new dessert or make a recipe you’ve really been wanting?

IF YOU COULD TALK TO YOUR TEENAGE SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

− Do you have solid advice for yourself? What about praise or encouragement?

WRITE THE WORDS YOU NEED TO HEAR RIGHT NOW.

− Don’t feel compelled to include who you need to hear these words from. Simply write what you need to hear and reflect on how this makes you feel. Should you make changes in your life because your needs aren’t being met? Maybe you need to open the lines of communication with someone. Do they even know how you feel? This is a tough one and you can most certainly spend a few days on this one or revisit it after you’ve tried implementing change or initiated communication.

tropical scenery background with the quote, happiness is the best destination

If you are new to Journaling, I hope I was able to spark a bit of inspiration & creativity. There are many benefits to journaling such as boosting memory, inspiring creativity, keeping thoughts organized and relieving stress. Journaling is an age old practice and for good reason. It can assist in evoking mindfulness and clarity and its even been said to stretch your IQ. Try adding different mediums to your journals such as stickers, hand drawings, washi tape as borders and using colored pens and highlighters.

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Do you feel journaling has a positive impact on you, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below? Do you use fun decorations in your journals such as washi tape and stickers or do you just simply write? Maybe you draw or doodle, we’ve seen some beautiful graffiti doodles before.

Happy Journaling!

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2 comments

I’ve been journaling daily for the past 2+ years – in the beginning it was my tool in dealing with the grief from losing my Mom. The pages have become my therapy for all things now. This keeps me from over sharing with those who have not earned that place in my life.

Kristal

I absolutely feel journaling is such a positive activity in my life. I love dot grid journals and stickers galore in mine.

Julie A Kumler

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