5 Journaling Prompts to Get You Writing
Updated: May 25
Journaling is a valuable form of self-care. It’s between you and you, and that’s the beauty of it. A lot of the time, getting started can be the trickiest part so I wanted to share some ideas. I’ve compiled 5 prompts for you to choose from to help get that pen to paper.
Before I talk you through them, finding the time to write is a good place to start. It doesn’t need to be every day, but planning ahead and fitting it into your routine is a good idea. Reflection is so valuable and you’ll notice a difference when you start making space for it in your life.
We’re responsible for creating our own happiness. Nobody else is going to do it for us, so I like to write down a list of things that bring me joy.
Coffee, Coffee shops, A good playlist, Books, Meditation, Getting up early, Oatly barista milk, Fresh flowers, My partners laugh, Red wine, The sea, Funny memes, Tik tok, Lighting candles, Having a bath, Walking the dogs, Playing with the dogs, Cooking and Crossfit.
Once I write my list, I start to reflect on how I can add more of those things that bring me joy into my day. Can I get up 10 minutes earlier to fit in a meditation or treat myself to a new book I can read on the way to work. Could I pick myself up a fresh bunch of flowers on the way home, or run a bath one evening. Your life is worth taking the time to fit in the things that bring you joy.
Letting go of the past:
What are things you are holding on to that prevent you from moving forward or take away from your happiness. How can you cut the cord and move forward?
Take time to reflect on these things. Write down how they helped you grow and what you learned from them. I believe that everything happens for a reason, even if we can’t see it at the time. Try to make your peace. It might take some time, but the first step is putting those fears out there.
Write to your younger self:
Talking to my younger self or inner child is a process I use a lot. When I’m feeling fearful or afraid, I know it’s because of past experiences that I haven’t worked through or need some attention. Everything gets stored in our subconscious and this tool helps me be more compassionate and understanding towards myself. This tool is a valuable tool for growth and moving away from patterns that aren't serving me anymore.
This morning, I wrote in my journal:
What are you afraid of? The answers that came were, I’m afraid of judgement, afraid of failing and afraid of not being good enough. When it was on paper, I could start to work through it.
I know if a friend told me these things, I would give them a pep talk and point out all of the incredible things I love about them. I would also share my own worries and fears to let them know they’re not alone. I do this in my journal towards myself.
One of the greatest ways to change your state and outlook is through gratitude and appreciation. With gratitude the detail is important. It helps deepen those feelings of appreciation and changes your state.
Here’s an example:
Today, I am grateful for my morning coffee.
Today, I am grateful for my morning coffee because it’s a few minutes I have to myself before the day starts. it's probably my favourite part of the day. I love the smell and the taste. I’m really looking forward to going out and treating myself to a coffee in a café once we’re allowed to do so. I really appreciate the freedom I had to do that before.
You don’t have to use/like coffee, but pay attention to the detail. Just let it flow, don’t force yourself to appreciate something you don’t feel good about right now. Find it in the ordinary things.
Another favourite of mine is a brain dump especially before sleeping. You can do this in many different ways.
1.) You can just begin to write down any worries that you have, or things you need to do the following day. Put pen to paper and leave them there overnight.
2.) Write down the main thought that’s troubling you.
Here’s how I like to do it:
I would write fear of judgement in a circle on a page, then ask why I feel that way and write out the reasons that come to mind. Maybe you’re afraid of being wrong, of not knowing enough, being rejected or wondering what others are thinking. Let it all out and afterwards reflect on it and realise that these thoughts aren't reality. It’s just fear and fear is a natural emotion to experience. Know that everyone experiences feeling this way. Be kind to yourself.
Now, go get yourself a journal and a pen and try one! Let us know which one you like in the comments. If you have any questions - let us know on instagram! @insightwellness.ie