Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Journaling has become one of my favorite self-care and healing tools. While writing every day or every week might not sound that effective, it’s a great way to deal with most anything you might be going through.
Honestly, I’ve used journaling to help me deal with anger, anxiety, sadness, past depression and so on. The best part is anything you write in your journal is yours alone.
Think of it as a safe place to write down everything you keep bottled up inside. You might actually want to grab a few journals to start with as I’m sure you’ll have plenty to say.
Getting Started With Journaling
At first, I wasn’t really sure where to start. I’d sit down and just try to write my thoughts, but I felt like I needed more. This is when I discovered journaling prompts. They’re designed to help you dive deeper into anything that may be going on, learn more about yourself and find that coveted inner peace. Plus, they help you build a regular journaling habit.
For the rest of this post, I’m including 40 journaling prompts to get you started on a journey to live life unbothered.
1. Write a letter to your body to discuss what you love, what you can change and what it’s time to finally accept.
2. What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
3. Write an open letter to someone who’s hurt you and made you angry.
4. List several song lyrics that have changed your life in some way.
5. What advice would you give to your future self 20 years from now?
6. Write down your five favorite memories and what they mean to you.
7. What are you grateful for even in your darkest moments?
8. I choose to finally let go of… (write about stress, pain, etc that you want to finally let go of to feel better)
9. Take a look back at your biggest obstacles and how you overcame them to prove you are incredible and strong.
10. Explain to yourself why you trust yourself.
11. Make a list of everything you’re doing right at the moment or you’re proud of to silence the negative thoughts.
12. Make a list of your top negative thoughts and counter them with positive ones.
13. Write out what you want your life to be like in the next 5-10 years.
14. List your best qualities.
15. Write a letter to someone you’ve lost.
16. Create a travel bucket list.
17. What do most people not know about you that you wish they did?
18. What traits do you admire most about yourself?
19. What traits do you wish you had that you admire in other people?
20. List what you could do to take better care of yourself right now.
21. What bad habits do you wish you could stop right now?
22. Name 5 things you wish you could eliminate from your life. (Start thinking of possible solutions)
23. What is the worst thing you’ve been through and how did you get through?
24. What does stress feel like to you?
25. Name 6 things you enjoy that you haven’t made time for in a while.
26. Write down the best compliments you’ve ever received.
27. Write down all your current worries.
28. Write a letter to your inner critic.
29. Take a deeper look at what’s making you most anxious right now.
30. Write about your perfect day. This can be an actual day or a fantasy.
31. Think about things you’ve done that you didn’t believe were possible in the past.
32. List things you love about yourself, your spouse and your children.
33. List things you feel guilty about and explore how to forgive yourself.
34. What are you looking the most forward to?
35. List things you love. This can be anything from books and movies to restaurants games.
36. Look deeper at your saddest memory.
37. If you could change anything about your past, what would it be and why?
38. Name 5 things you’re looking forward to about tomorrow.
39. What’s the worst thing about your life right now?
40. What’s the best thing about your life right now?
While I could go on and on, those should give you a great start. Feel free to get inspired by these journaling prompts to come up with your own too. Another fun thing is to go through the same prompts again, like seeing what you’re grateful for a year later or what you might be looking forward to now versus six months from now.
Want a journal to help you remember to stay unbothered? Try the Unbothered Goddess Hardcover Journal. Even if you don’t buy mine, get yourself a journal and start writing out your stress and worries so you feel better.
Signed – The Unbothered Goddess, a woman who’s been where you are