20 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery

20 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery
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20 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery

A pen is the tongue of the mind

Miguel De Cervantes

Journaling is very therapeutic. It is proven to help with anxiety and depression. Journaling is also a way to set aside quiet time each day to record and reflect on positive and negative things in your life. I myself journal daily. I am not talking about a tween diary. Keeping a journal is a way to organize your thoughts, write down memories, and it kind of cleans your mind. Sometimes though our thoughts are all over the place and it is even hard to know where to start when you sit down for your quiet time with journal in hand.  Journal prompts are a great place to start. It can be a sentence, a quote, a bible verse or just a question. Listed below are 20 journal prompts to help with self discovery and get you on the road to journaling. 

20 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery
20 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery
  1. What was one positive thing about today?
  2. What was something that made me mad or sad today?
  3. What was the last time you did something for the first time?
  4. When did you laugh last?
  5. What would you do if you knew you would not fail?
  6. Describe your perfect day.
  7. What is my goal this week and my plan to achieve it?
  8. What are my unhealthy habits and what will I do to overcome them?
  9. 5 words to describe me. 
  10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  11. “What if…”
  12. Rank the things in your life. 
  13. Prayer list and a bible verse.
  14. Lesson I learned.
  15. Describe happiness.
  16. What inspires me the most?
  17. What is blocking you from achieving your goals?
  18. What is your “why” for goals?
  19. Write a letter to your future self.
  20. What do you wish for your kids or spouse?

There are many benefits to keeping a daily journal. 

  1. Evokes mindfulness
  2. Helps you process emotions.
  3. Prioritize problems, fears, and concerns.
  4. Achieve goals.
  5. Self discipline
  6. Promotes quite time
  7. Promotes self care
  8. Helps with spiritual or mental healing
  9. Calming
  10. Helps release pent up feelings and stress

How to journal is very simple. With notebook and pen in hand find a quiet place. Set aside an 1/2-1 hour a day to dedicate to your journal. And remember to keep it private. Here is a great acronym to help get you started. 


Check out some of my previous post on journaling, verse mapping and self-care

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