Feeling stuck in a negative mental health trap? Looking for journal prompts to improve your mental health?
But what about if you need something more to help with your mental health and wellness journey?
This is where journal prompts come into place. The action of putting your thoughts into a piece of paper relaxes you deeply.
Prompts are the best way to self-discovery too.
Before we get started, I highly recommend you doing a massive feelings dumb. It will clear up your mind from racing thoughts.
Open a page in your journal and write down EVERYTHING you are feeling right now.
Sometimes we get so overwhelmed by so many different things that we don’t know the exact thing that causes all this stress and overthinking.
By laying everything out and writing them down on paper, you realize what’s causing you to feel this way, and then you can work towards a fix.
Now that you’ve gained a bit of mental clarity, here are 50 journal prompts to improve your mental health:
50 Mental Health Journal Prompts
- Are you feeling stressed?
- What’s causing me stress and anxiety right now?
- How can I grow from this? What can I learn from what is happening right now?
- Write down the 5 things that make you extremely happy in life. Why they make you feel this way?
- Describe the perfect, ideal day, in detail. From the moment you wake up till the moment you go to bed.
- What brings you peace? What makes you feel calm and relaxed? Why? (by writing this you’ll automatically feel relaxed and calm).
- Has 2020 or the pandemic, in general, had any positive or negative effects on your mental health? (Write down 2 columns, start from the negative and finish with the positive ones).
- What is your favorite memory of your life? Something that you’ve experienced and you loved it, and want to experience it again.
- List five people you admire and write about why. (It can be friends, celebrities, family members, influencers, entrepreneurs, or whoever you admire the most).
- What are the 20 things you’re grateful for in life? (Write them down, and look back for them when you’re feeling down.)
- How has Social Media been making you feel? Is it good or bad about myself?
- Write 5 things you’re proud of accomplishing the last week. (small and even big wins).
- Describe the best compliment someone has ever made you. How did it make you feel?
- Name a challenge you’ve overcome and how it helped you to grow.
- What do you fear about the most? And why?
- What characteristics and qualities you love about yourself the most?
- List 3 things that you can do to improve your overall mental health.
- If you had 1 year left to live, how’d you spend it? (Most times, we worry about our future or the past way too much, and we ignore the present moment. This will help you be more mindful throughout the day).
- How different you were 5 years ago? How’d you change? How’d your life change?
- What are the top 3 things that I’m looking forward to this week?
- Write down a goal you want to start working towards.
- When was the last time you cried? And why?
- What activities do you think would make you feel better? Make sure to schedule them for this coming week/month.
- What is the one thing that if you do it every day you’d feel satisfied and accomplished?
- A friend comes to you asking for help with his anxiety. How would you help him/her?
- How do you know when you’re feeling anxious? Which are your signs?
- What do you do to deal with anxiety and stress? Are your coping mechanisms working?
- Think about what triggers your stress, emotions, poor eating habits.
- What are 5 things that have happened to you that were difficult, but you are now grateful for the experience?
- Write about the top 3 childhood memories that have stuck with you.
- List the 10 things that made you smile today.
- List the 3 things that made you anxious today.
- Write down 3 things that trigger you. How do you cope with anger?
- Do you think negatively about yourself?
- Do you believe in yourself? Are you capable of achieving anything you want in life?
- What are the 5 things that are stressing you out, that you have NO control over?
- What is one thing you can add to your morning/evening routine to help you with your anxiety?
- Write a list for your future self about the things to do when you’re having a bad day/or when you’re in a bad mood. (Use this list when you’re feeling down).
- What advice would you give to someone going through a hard time?
- What has your anxiety taught you about yourself?
- What or who motivates you the most?
- Are your friends supportive or toxic?
- Write 2 songs that hit home for you. How and why do you relate to these songs? How do you feel when you’re hearing them?
- Write down your favorite artist or actor. Someone that has helped you go through the downs of life. Write how grateful and appreciative you’re about their art/work.
- Which person had the most positive impact on you? Let them know.
- What types of thoughts keep you up at night?
- What healthy habits can you add to your daily routine?
- When you open up your eyes in the morning, what are your first thoughts?
- What makes you feel safe and calm when you’re anxious?
- What you need the most right now?
Keeping a journal is a great way to improve your mental health. I really hope that these journal prompts help you pour your thoughts and mind onto paper.