Thursday, October 5, 2017

50 Journal Prompts for Radical Self-Care

I write (mostly) every morning.  For me, writing is the very foundation of my self-care practice because it’s time that I can really focus on me - what’s going on with me, where I need to be supported, what I want to celebrate.

I get up at 5:00 and find my way to my cozy chair with a hot cup of coffee and get under a quilt with my journal.  Usually I don’t have much on my mind at 5AM so I just start writing the first thing that comes to mind and see where it takes me.  Once my hand starts moving across the page it’s really only a matter of 5 or 10 minutes before I’ve started a good juicy thread.

Some mornings it takes me absolutely nowhere.  

And that can be frustrating because I only have so much time before I need to get in the shower and get to work.  This doesn’t happen a lot, but when it does I’m ready.  I’ve got a list of writing prompts in the back of my journal.  I pick them up along the way from my reading or they come to me when I’m driving (particularly maddening when this happens on my way to work on a morning when I was not able to think of anything to write about a mere two hours prior to this genius moment).  

Anyway, as they come to me I jot them down then add them to the list in the back of my journal.  Now on those mornings when I’m sort of stuck I just go to my list of journal prompts and pick the one that is all sparkly and and jumping up off the page shouting, "pick me, pick me, oh please pick me!”

Here are 50 journal prompts I’ve curated.  Feel free to add them to your list, or start your list with these as your inspiration.

1. Where are you the happiest?  Describe that place in full detail.  How do you feel?  What does it look like?  Smell like?  What do you hear?  
2. What one city in the world would you like to visit?  Imagine it in living color then describe your first day there.  Your last day there.  Your favorite day there.
3. What’s your super power?
4. What is your dream guest list for the ultimate dinner party?  Who's there?  What are you all talking about?  What do you serve your guests?
5. What is your favorite season?  Why?  Describe it.  
6. What is your “walk-in song”?  Why?
7. Who do you miss?
8. Glass half full or half empty?  Any desire to change that outlook?  
9. What scares you?
10. What is the best advice you ever received?  Who gave it to you?11. What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done?
12. What’s the most outrageous thing you’d like to do?
13. What was the most fun you ever had?
14. How could you simplify your evening routine to make it more relaxing?  (P.S. Give it a try tonight.)
15.Where could you use more balance?  How can you get it?
16.Write yourself an affirmation to support you where you need it most.
17. What are you looking forward to the most?
18. What three things can you not do without?
19. What’s your saddest memory?
20. What makes you the happiest?
21. How do you deal with anger?  How do you feel about the way you deal with it?
22. Forgive?  Forget?  Forgive and forget?
23. What is your favorite Sunday morning ritual?
24. Favorite quote?  What is it?  Why is it your favorite?
25. What does “living authentically” mean to you?
26. Did you ever run away from home as a child?
27. Is there anything you did this week that you wish you’d done differently?
28. What was your favorite toy as a kid?
29. What made you feel good this week?
30. What was the biggest mistake you ever made?
31. If you could relive a life experience, what would it be?
32. Guilty pleasure.  Discuss.
33. Who inspires you?  Why?
34. What things are you procrastinating right now?
35. Write yourself a love letter.
36. How do you stand out in a crowd?
37. I practice Radical Self-Care because I want to feel.
38. What is your favorite item in your wardrobe?  Why?  How do you feel when you’re wearing it?
39. How do you unplug?
40. What are you really, really good at?
41. Describe yourself to someone who has never met you.  Don't forget to tell them what you're really, really good at.
42. How could you add more joy to your life?
43. What two moments of your life are the ones you’ll never forget?  Describe them in detail.  What makes them so unforgettable.
44. Write your personal mission statement.
45. If your body could talk, what would it say to you?
46. What always brings tears to your eyes?  
47. You’ve come a long way, baby!  Write about how much you have changed in the last 5 years.  10 years.  
48. What energizes you?  
49. What does “wanderlust” mean to you?
50. How does it feel to be the age you currently are?

Now, go write something, beautiful!


  1. This is awesome, Tammy! Thank you very much!

    1. Oh, you're so welcome, halohill! I'm happy you like the list. I hope you'll write something super juicy next time you sit down with pen and paper (old school or digital). 😊

  2. This looks very useful, and I'll have to make time to journal in the mornings, when it's just me and the cat awake.

    1. Best time of day for journaling. And cats. :)