If you haven`t read my first article on journaling for self-care I suggest you go there first by clicking here and exploring the ins and outs of what the benefits are. This post has prompts, topics and interesting questions to help you get started with a therapeutic journal. some questions can be very personal. I suggest keeping your journal in a safe place or even destroying what you write afterwards if it is very triggering for you.
Here are some simple prompts to get you started :
Joy – what comes to mind when you hear the word joy ?
Career – Initial thoughts in your mind when you hear the word career?
Relationships – what do you value most in relationships ??
What important things have you learned from previous relationships ?
Do you see yourself in the same job in 5 years time ?
Does your job fulfill you ?
Describe yourself with the first 10 words that come to mind ?
Writing a triggering letter about a traumatic event :
You can use a simple piece of paper if you want to destroy the letter afterwards or use the journal if you want to keep it. Bearing in mind someone could find it if it`s in your journal. its totally up to you. By destroying the letter it can be a relief to help get rid of the feelings for some people it may be more upsetting, do what works for you.
Ideas for trigger letter can be : Writing a letter to a deceased relative, writing to your deceased pet. Writing to your ex, writing about an ex friendship. Writing about an incident that happened to you. Write it as if addressed to the person and then rip it up and flush it down the toilet if you feel the need too. Remember this journal is all about you and its up to you how you express your emotions, you can do what you like with your letters but just be careful of prying eyes.
More questions for self reflection :
While answering these questions you can fill up the whole page and elaborate your answers as much as you want the longer and fully you answer the question the better it is for self reflection.
What is important to me? Why is it important?
What does unconditional self-love look like and feel like to me?
What do I love most about myself right now?
Describe a challenge you overcame. How did this challenge make you stronger?
Describe a favorite teacher. How have they shaped your life in positive ways?
How do you want to be remembered?
What would you do with your time if money were no obstacle?
Who are the most important people in your life?
What do you wish you could change about yourself?
What cheers you up when you feel down?
Write a thank-you note (you don’t have to send it unless you want to) to someone who helped you reach a goal.
Is it hard or easy for you to accept compliments?
What do your finances look like in 5 years ?
What is the biggest thing you want to achieve in life and why ??