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23 Insightful Journal Prompts Perfect for Self-Reflection

23 Insightful Journal Prompts Perfect for Self-Reflection

I’ve always loved journaling. 

However, bearing your heart and soul in a journal can be hard, especially if you are stuck or suffering from writer’s block. Or, as I do, procrastinate a lot. It’s harder even when the words are whirling around in your head, and you don’t know where to start.

I’ve compiled a list of 23 insightful journal prompts perfect for self-reflection. I hope you find them helpful in your journaling!

1. Write a list of 10 things you are grateful for today.

2. What makes YOU unique?

3. If you could run away, where would you go and why? Furthermore, would you take anyone with you or go by yourself?

4. Reflect on one of the greatest life lessons you’ve ever learned. What was it, and what did you learn? 

5. How have you changed from the person you were 5 years ago?

6. Write a letter to your teenage self.

7. Reflect on the happiest moment of your life. Explore where you were, what you were doing, and who you shared it with. Reflect on every detail.

8. Write about your day or week so far. Did something good or bad happen? Are you feeling happy or sad? Did you learn or do something new?

9. Let your mind run free and have fun writing your bucket list!

10. What is your most treasured possession and why?

23 Insightful Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

11. Write a list of your priorities for the week, month or year. Are these aligned with what you want to be doing in life?

12. Share one of your innermost secrets, something you’ve never told anyone.

13. What can you do or change in your life to focus more on your health and well-being? Be honest.

14. Make a list of the people in your life who genuinely believe in and support you. Explore why their support means so much to you.

15. Choose 3 photos of yourself across your lifetime and write about where you were, what you were doing, what you were like at that time, etc.

16. Who means the world to you and why? What traits of theirs do you value?

17. Write a letter to your body telling it how you feel? This could be a love letter or letter of apology if you have been critical of your body in the past like me.

18. How would you like to be remembered? You could try writing your obituary.

19. What challenges have you overcome in your life? How have they made you stronger?

20. Write the story of your family. You could explore your ancestral line, growing up with your family, if you’ve gone on to have your own family, tell that story

21. If you could change one thing, what would it be and why? Or perhaps you wouldn’t change a thing. Why?

22. What makes you feel at peace?

23. How does journaling help you?

Keep reading below for useful tips to help you hone your self-refective journaling routine.

23 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

Journaling tips

There are so many styles of journaling, as well as tools, tips and resources.

To begin with, there were personal diaries riddled with teenage angst. From there, I kept travel journals of every trip I took in my 20s. And then there is this blog, which started as an online journal and has grown and morphed.

Journaling has helped me to capture important parts of my life. It has helped me to form a gratitude practice. And it has helped me work through several personal issues, be it depression, grief, heartache or anxiety

In the end, it’s about what works for you. It’s like they say, different strokes for different folks!

Invest in a beautiful journal. 

Investigate different types of journals, choosing the style that sings to you the most. Aside from the traditional journal, you could keep a reading journal, a dream journal, a gratitude journal, a photo journal, an art journal, or even a bullet journal. And if the mood strikes you, mix it up! Get visual, colourful, and creative! 

Splash out and buy yourself a pretty or inspiring journal or notebook filled with nice paper. You can even have more than one to suit different journaling styles. Personally, I’m in love with these journals by Soothi. Leather-bound, handmade. Just beautiful.

Embrace the connection between hand, pen and paper. 

Buy some lovely pens in different colours that sit well in your hand and move over the paper nicely.  Nice pens make writing so much more enjoyable.

Keep your journal close. 

Keep your journal by your bedside so you can write in it first thing in the morning or before sleep. If you wake in the middle of the night and need to write something down, such as a dream or idea, it will be easily within reach. You can even take your journal wherever you go. Just be sure to keep it away from prying eyes.

Don’t think. Just write. 

The best way to make a start is to do just that. Make a start! Start small. There’s no need to write war and peace (unless you feel inclined to). And if you get stuck for something to write, write about your plans or wishes for the year, revisit the day that passed, or write a gratitude list! Or try streams of consciousness, where you just write! That’s it. No thinking, no editing. just let your thoughts flow, and your hand move over the paper, writing whatever comes to mind!

Oh, and ditch perfection.

It’s your journal. Write what you want in it, without a care in the world for spelling or grammar.

And remember, there is no right or wrong way to write. Be honest, be raw, be authentic and just go with the flow.

Remove distractions. 

Do yourself a favour by stepping away from your phone, laptop, or TV… lap up the peace and quiet and lack of distractions that will allow you to focus.

Download your FREE printable listing 23 journal prompts to inspire you in your writing and reflection!

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Changed careers in my 30's. Became a freelancer writer & marketer. I'm a proud redhead, fangirl, wife & step mum. And I'm a lover of all things books, movies, podcasts, dogs & naps.

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