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Journaling for Mental Health

Updated: Dec 25, 2020

Recently, I have been attempting to indulge myself in new hobbies that will positively impact my mental health. One of the most beneficial that I have tried is journaling/writing. I do not mean writing as in writing the article you are reading right now, I mean writing in a spare notebook with a pencil and my thoughts. I have been doing this for about a month now and it is such a nice way to avoid my phone in the morning and destress at night. I know when I first started I just stared blankly at the paper because I had no idea what to write about. In the list I compiled below, you can find self-growth journaling prompts and ideas to assist you in your ideas.

  • Happy

Begin by writing the word “happy” largely in the center of a fresh page. (This is a long term prompt that you will continue to come back to.) Each time you smile at something, a moment, an object, anything, write it around the word happy. This is a reminder of remembering the tiny things and moments that make us happy throughout the day.

  • Write about a moment you wished you could live on repeat.

  • Write about one person you are grateful for.

  • What do you love about yourself?

  • Affirmations

Affirmations are the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. Create a space in your journal where you can write daily affirmations. If you are unsure what an affirmation may look like, here are three affirmations I consistently use.

- “I am worthy of happiness.”

- “I am on the track to success.”

- “I have people in my life who love me.”

  • How can you ensure you are filling your cup before others?

If you have not found anything that sparks your interest here, I suggest using Pinterest for more inspiration. By typing in “Journaling prompts” or “Mental Health Journaling Prompts” you can find hundreds of thousands of ideas. With that, I hope you were able to take away some ideas to assist you in your journaling for mental health journey. If you have any prompts that you would like to share, please do not refrain from doing so down below!

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