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23 Insightful Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

23 Insightful Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

I’m an ad hoc journaller. I used to love to sit down to write and reflect in my journal daily, I stopped after some encounters with snoopy people who ruined the personal experience for me.

These days I choose to write about part of my life publicly on this very blog, but now and then I do still sit down to journal my inner-most private thoughts in many beautiful or quirky looking notebooks I have collected or been gifted throughout the years. I have an entire box to choose from, and yes, I may have a problem! I’m a self-professed stationary nut – I just can’t help myself!

There are so many benefits associated with writing by hand, be it cognitive, mental health or creative. Some say that the mere connection of hand, pen and paper is a way to ignite creativity, draw out your inner most thoughts and dreams, and is a means to heal (you can read more about that here).

Regardless the benefit, here are 23 insightful journal prompts for self-reflection.

  1. Reflect on the happiest moment of your life. Tune in to how you felt, what you heard, how you looked and what people were saying. Where were you, what were you doing, and who were you sharing it with? Reflect on every detail.
  2. What is your most treasured possession and why?
  3. Reflect on one of the greatest life lessons you have ever learned.
  4. How do you feel about your body? Why not write a personal letter to your body telling it how you feel. This could be a love letter, or a letter of apology if, like me, you have been a bit of a body basher!
  5. Do you consider yourself a victim or a survivor? Or perhaps a mix of both? Is it possible to be both?
  6. How does journaling help you?
  7. Choose 3 photos of yourself across your lifetime and write a post about how you feel looking at them, where you were, what you were doing, what you were like, etc.
  8. If you could run away where would you go? Would you go?
  9. What are two moments in life you will never forget? Describe them and what makes them so unforgettable in great detail.
  10. Share your inner most secret. Something you’ve never told anyone before.
  11. Reflect on your first love. Who were they? Why did you fall in love with them? If you were to meet them today would you still fall in love with them?
  12. How do you want to be remembered?
  13. How have you changed from the person you were 5 years ago?
  14. Make a list of the people in your life who genuinely believe in and support you, and whom you trust.  Explore the traits and what it is they do and say that mean so much to you. Why not even make a plan to see them more!
  15. Write a letter to your teenage self.
  16. Choose a number and write a gratitude list.
  17. What makes YOU unique, in a good way?
  18. What are your top 5 values in life? Sometimes we need a bit of a reminder of our values so we can check in and see if we are living our life in accordance with them. Once you have listed your values, reflect on whether you are living according to them, or whether you are compromising your values in any way. If so, how does this make you feel?
  19. Who or what means the world to you and why?
  20. What can you do or change to focus more on your own wellbeing and live a more balanced life?
  21. Write your bucket list. Let your mind free and fantasise!
  22. Write about your day or week so far. Did something shitty happen? Or something good? Did you learn something new? Are you happy or sad?
  23. What do you need right now?


Happy reflecting and writing! Oh, and I’d love to hear how you go with these prompts!


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  • Mary Rettig
    October 18, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Love love journaling, but I sometimes need inspiration. I have several journals. Thanks

    • Janine Ripper
      October 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      You’re most welcome xx

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