Journaling is something I’ve always done. When I was young I got given a diary, my first entry was on the 8th of September 2004 and since then, I’ve never stopped writing. Throughout the years I have been through a lot of phases, sometimes I would write everyday, sometimes I would only write once a month, regardless, I have no doubt that journaling is a powerful tool for self-discovery and mindfulness.
I’ve always been a person with many thoughts, I am a natural overthinker. Therefore, I loved having a free space where I could say anything I express my crazy mind. It is incredible to look back and see how much writing my feelings down helped me rationalize irrational thoughts. Many times I would pour down my soul, allow myself to feel everything, and somehow end up feeling grateful and motivated by the end of the page.Self-refection is not easy. Starting with a blank page is not easy, specially if you are scared of what you can find. But here are some prompts you can use everyday to reflect and practice mindfulness.
- What are your goals for today?
- What do you love about myself? Write 10 things.
- What are your priorities at the moment?
- What would make you happy right now?
- What skills do you wish to improve?
- What has been bothering you lately? Notice the little things that annoy/frustrate you throughout the day.
- Write about your favourite place. (it can be a city, a coffee shop or simply your bed)
- Write about any habits you want to break. Why do you want to break those habits?
- Write about habits you want to include in your life and why.
- Write about a past crush. How do you feel about it now? What did you learn from it?
- What was your last purchase? Materialistic purchase. reevaluate it. Is it worth your money? Why?
- List 5 places you want to visit.
- Who do you need to say “I love you” to more often?
- When was the last time you done something for someone? How did it make you feel?
- How do you feel about the people around you? Can you be yourself around your friends? Are those positive or negative relationships?
- What are you grateful for? Write 10 things.
- Write about someone you love.
- How do you feel about your body? Why do you feel like that?
- What is your favourite song at the moment? Why?
- What is one thing you want to learn more about? Why?
- Write a letter to your parents (or just mum or dad).
- In your opinion, do you live a healthy lifestyle?
- What could you change in your life to become healthier? Not only physically healthier but also psychologically healthier.
- What inspires you recently?
- What do you think about the future? What do you think you will be doing in the future? Where will you be living?
- What are the things you want to do more often?
- What is your favourite piece of clothing? Where did you get it from? Why is it your favourite?
- How would you describe your style?
- Who do you think you are at your core? (your core values)
- Who do you wish to be? (what core values do you want to cultivate)
I hope you find these prompts helpful in your journey to self-reflection and mindfulness. Thank you for reading. Lots of love,