When was the last time you wrote in your journal?
I used to write in mine when I was angry or upset, when I needed to offload. Now I write in there daily. It’s a great way for me to connect with myself on a deeper level. Having a deep connection with myself has been important as I learn to better care for and love myself after trauma.
A huge part of my self-care is journaling and it makes a huge difference on my emotional wellbeing. Having the opportunity to vent, offload and disclose my thoughts and feelings in that safe space is just magical.
I’ve delivered a couple of workshops around how we can practise self-care and how journaling helps. The discussion is always interesting. It’s clear to me that we need more of this.
If you’re reading this, you may already journal for self-care. Or perhaps you don’t but your intrigued and open to trying. Either way, you may find this blog post useful.
I journal daily and I don’t usually follow any prompts. It’s more like a stream of consciousness really, but it works for me at the moment.
But having a prompt to follow can really help unplug your thoughts and emotions, and help you pour it out onto paper.
To assist you in digging a little deeper, here are 10 prompts you can use:
- How do you find peace within yourself while battling external chaos?
- Where do you create room for self-forgiveness and what does that tell you about yourself?
- Write about the part of yourself that is hardest to love, despite you knowing it deserves it the most.
- When was the last time you smiled and felt happy inside?
- What would happen to your world if you started saying no to others?
- Write about your first thought when you wake up in the morning.
- Write about the conversations you never got to have, that still play out in your mind.
- Where do you look for comfort outside of yourself?
- Write about the last time you experienced a comfortable silence and what that tells you about yourself.
- How does your understanding of self-love manifest in your reality? How do you feel about that?