Journal Prompts for Introspection

It’s not uncommon to hear about journaling as a form of introspection, self care or processing thoughts. But where to begin? Today I share several journal prompts to get the writing process started.

Step One

Grab a journal, notebook or piece of spare paper and a writing utensil. There are no rules for the materials you use; simply find something that allows you to physically write your thoughts down. (There’s a bit of magic in the tangible / kinesthetic method of writing.)

Step Two

Choose a prompt from the list below.

Step Three

Write without editing. Allow your thoughts to flow freely onto the paper. This is for you and you only.

Journal Prompts

  1. In this moment, here and now, I feel …

  2. I’m most calm when …

  3. What energy would you like to channel into your life? Write about that.

  4. Create a space in your mind, real or imaginary, that feels safe, comfortable and relaxing. Imagine surrounding yourself with an environment that allows you to let your guard down. This space is for you and no others. Now, begin writing about this space. Explore the senses with the following questions and paint a picture with words. Be as descriptive as possible.

    What do you see?

    What is the temperature of the air?

    What do you smell?

    What do you hear?

    What textures surround you?

    What comforting items exist in this space?

    Is it inside / outside / neither / both?

    Is it light or dark / both or neither?

    How do you feel in this space?

    How else can you describe this space?

  5. I would like to let go of …

  6. Write a letter to your past self. What would you like to share?

  7. Make a list of your favorite self care rituals (small or large)

  8. Scribble on the page (who said journaling has to include words?)

  9. I feel okay when …

  10. Stream of consciousness writing: Allow your thoughts to flow onto the paper without judgement.

Recommended Reading

In graduate school, I was introduced to the book Journal to the Self: Twenty Two Paths to Personal Growth. I appreciate the variety of writing styles and journaling prompts discussed in this book and offer it as a tool to guide your writing process. Give it a read if you are looking for journaling inspiration.

Keri Smith writes a variety of books in the Wreck This series: Books that are made to be written in, modified, dirtied, and maybe even destroyed. Take a look at the Wreck This Journal to break out of the mold.

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