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52 Writing Prompts for Reflection

Here's my special gift to you - a list of 52 writing prompts for reflection. That's one prompt for every week of the year. May they be as helpful to you as they have to me.

It’s no secret I love writing and reflection. I also love lists!

Through a combination of the three, I find they help me to find clarity and closure in life, recognise my achievements, be grateful whilst also helping me to manage my anxiety and depression.

Here’s my special gift to you – a list of 52 writing prompts for reflection. That’s one prompt for every week of the year. May they be as helpful to you as they have to me.

  1. List 10 things that makes you happy
  2. Reflect on the previous year. What were the highlights and main achievements? What didn’t go to plan? And what did you learn about yourself?
  3. Write a 99 things you love list. Here’s an example to inspire you!
  4. My favourite thing in the world is…
  5. Choose three 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, how you changed, etc.
  6. What is your favourite season and why?
  7. How much of a hold does tech/social media have over your life? Reflect on how much time you spend on it and how it may impact your life, i.e. your physical and mental health, relationships, kids, etc.
  8. What is one of your most cherished memories?
  9. Write about a loved one. Who are they? What do they mean to you? And what do you love about them most?
  10. Five things I am grateful for this week are…
  11. How could you live life more mindfully?
  12. Write a list of everything you have achieved in your life so far. There is nothing too small or too big!
  13. If you could relive one day of your life, which day would it be and why?
  14. What are you most excited about for the future?
  15. Make a list of everything that inspires you. It could be books, movies, people, your pet, inspirational quotes, blogs, or art. The list could be endless!
  16. Write about your first love — whether a person, animal, place or thing
  17. What would you do if you had all the money in the world? 
  18. What makes you unique, and why is this so awesome?
  19. How do you practice self-care? Is there anything you could be doing to look after yourself more? Are there any changes you can make to live a more balanced life?
  20. When you are feeling down, what picks you up?
  21. What does growing older mean to you?
  22. List your top priorities for the next day, week and/or month
  23. Write a pep talk to give yourself for the next time you feel sad, anxious or full of doubt
  24. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t yet?
  25. One of the most challenging times in my life was… and it taught me …
  26. Write a love letter to someone. It could be an old flame, your husband, your mum, or your child
  27. What advice would you give your teenage self?
  28. Choose a poignant quote to reflect and write upon
  29. What do you love about life at the moment?
  30. How would you like to celebrate your birthday this year? Why not write a plan and make it happen?
  31. What’s the gutsiest thing you have ever done?
  32. Explore one of your limiting beliefs. What is it like to live with this belief? Who would you be if you didn’t believe this? 
  33. How do you relax?
  34. What is keeping you awake at night or playing on your mind? Write about it to get it out of your head
  35. I feel happiest in my skin when…
  36. Write about a time you performed a random act of kindness or were on the receiving end of one. How did this make you feel?
  37. What are you most self-conscious about? How can you overcome this?
  38. If your body could talk, what would it say?
  39. What did you want to be when you were little?
  40. List your top fitness or wellness tips. How have they helped you? What difference have they made in your life?
  41. How could you be living more authentically?
  42. What area of your life do you most need support right now? Who could you reach out to, or what resources could you use to help?
  43. One day I would love to…
  44. What is your personal ‘style’? Are you a minimalist, boho, classic, French chic, casual, tomboyish, a mish-mash or other?
  45. Write your bucket list, and then make sure you start ticking things off!
  46. The best advice I was ever given was…
  47. Who are you? Are you a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, sister or brother, partner, employee, entrepreneur, volunteer, athlete, writer, artist, or nerd? How do YOU define yourself? 
  48. What is your ‘why’?
  49. What is one thing you could do today to bring you closer to achieving one of your goals?
  50. What are your most important values? How have these defined you throughout life? Do you need to change anything to live more aligned with them?
  51. List 5 things you could do to live healthier over the next few months
  52. How has writing and reflecting helped you?

Happy writing and reflecting!

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About Author

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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