As a child, I vividly remember owning a High School Musical-themed diary with a padlock on it. Fiddling with the lock, running my fingers against the heavily pressed letters, and finally landing on a clean slate to work on—these were just some of the things I looked forward to every time I had to write.
To be clear, I kept a journal not because I was keen on discussing my feelings. Instead, I believed that it was a just fad that all grade schoolers had to go through. With that feeble foundation, you can just imagine how easily my wide-eyed enthusiasm for writing about my emotions slowly turned into cold cynicism.
I convinced myself that keeping a diary simply wasn’t cool. In true teenage angst fashion, I bottled up my feelings inside, and blasted Fall Out Boy and Mayday Parade on shuffle. I used to walk past the shelves dedicated to Self-Care Journals whenever I pass by them at the local bookstore. “That’s something I’ll never need in my lifetime,” I remember laughing. Soon enough, I outgrew this mindset when I started taking care of myself.
I dipped a toe into the pool of self love when I first invested in a basic skincare routine. I thought, okay, my skin’s clearing up nicely but there’s still something fundamentally missing. It was then I realized that I also had to do some mental housekeeping to actually be my best self.
Some people inherently find the path to self-care early in their lives while some take a little bit longer. No matter where you are on your self-care journey, journaling proves to be one of the best ways to gain a positive mindset for the entire day.
Many people feel discouraged when keeping a journal because they have trouble thinking of topics to write about—but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here are some of my favorite self-care prompts that help in keeping my turbulent thoughts at bay. Hopefully, these can help you too.
Journal Prompts for Self-Care
- What are your 5 best personality traits?
- Write 10 compliments to give yourself.
- What words of affirmation do you need to hear today?
- When are you happiest?
- What has been going well in your life lately?
- What’s your vision for the next 2 years?
- What’s something you’ve always wanted to do? What steps can you take to start?
- What are your 3 best physical features?
- What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned so far?
- In the past 5 years, what are the positive changes in your life?
- What constitutes a perfect day for you?
- What victories and achievements (no matter how small) are you proud of?
- List down 10 things you’re good at.
- What’s been holding you back on things you want to do lately?
- What is something you should forgive yourself for?
- Give five ways you can express self love each day.
- What are you currently thankful for?
- What parts of your life are you happy with?
- Write 3 goals you intend to achieve by the end of the year.
- What do you need to get off your chest today?
- What will you be telling your grandkids when they ask about the significant things you’ve done?
- What’s something you thought you couldn’t do at the beginning, but did it anyway?
- What doubts do you currently have and how can you ease them?
- Write an encouraging letter to your future self.
- How can you become a better version of yourself today?
- Write 15 positive affirmations to look back on whenever you’re feeling insecure.
- What parts of your life would you want to work on?
- Write a letter to your younger self forgiving all the past mistakes you’ve done while reassuring yourself that everything will turn out fine.
- What’s something you’re scared to admit out loud?
- Recall a time in the past when you needed encouragement. What would you say to uplift yourself at that point in time?
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