Ideas for journals, or rather when those ideas evade you, is often the trickiest part of getting started and continuing to journal regularly. But, with the practice being hugely beneficial, the good news is that once you become familiar with the process of journaling, in my experience inspiration for what to write naturally tends to follow.
In the meantime, prompts can be enormously helpful for keeping focus while establishing this healthy new habit.
Tips For Journaling For Mental Health
How do you start journaling? Where do you begin and how do you turn it into a routine?
The concept of journaling can feel overwhelming if you’re completely new to it, which is why I put together some beginner tips for journaling for mental health. These pointers cover everything you need to know to help you get started with journaling – and to motivate you to follow through.
The Power of a Wellbeing Journal
You don’t need a ‘journal’ in order to journal; a plain pad is adequate. However there are some benefits to choosing a beautiful item of stationery for this inspiring new hobby, and one of them is the enthusiasm that will transform your efforts into an ongoing commitment.
Approached in the right way, journaling for wellbeing should never feel like a chore; the goal is that it organically blossoms into a fulfilling new hobby.
Ideas For Journals
Journaling is so powerful in so many ways, and I don’t exaggerate when I say it can be life-changing. To be clear, I don’t buy into the idea that wishing for great things strongly enough will bring them to you. But reframing and training yourself to believe that you are already surrounded by great things? That is totally doable, and absolutely works.
And, yes, it can help us to achieve a frame of mind more favourably aligned and conducive to accomplishing our goals. The power of journaling is in its ability to help us rewire our brains to achieve a healthier outlook.
It can help us to make peace with the past, become more positive about the future, and embrace the present by practicing mindfulness.
If you want to think better, live better, and feel better, here are some valuable journaling ideas to get started with this incredible journey and way of life…
Positive Journal Prompts
My own love of journaling came about from a desire to live more positively. I learned that it’s a choice I have to make, every day and every minute; to intentionally and consistently alter my perspective from glass half empty to glass half full until it became my new default.
And it works.
One of the best ways to make this change is through journalling, and specifically by practicing gratitude. I created this list of positive journal prompts for exactly this reason. And even after you feel that you’ve flourished and successfully developed a positive mindset, continuing to practice gratitude regularly is a really valuable exercise to increase your sense of wellbeing and fulfilment.
Inner Child Journal Prompts & Activities
If you have any childhood trauma which continues to negatively impact your life, inner child work is a very healing form of self-therapy to help overcome those issues.
If you’d like to know more about what the inner child is, how reparenting yourself can help, and get some ideas for beginning inner child work, my post covering inner child journal prompts and exercises may help you.
Shadow Work Journal Prompts
Similar to but distinct from inner child work, shadow work journaling is designed to help you make peace with the parts of yourself you’re unaware of or do not wish to be associated with.
Learn more about the shadow self by reading my post explaining shadow working, or if you’re already clear on the concept jump straight to shadow work journal prompts to get started with some intense journaling exercises.
Ideas For Bullet Journaling
Bullet journaling is huge and for good reason! It is so versatile and a really fantastic way to help organise many aspects of life, condensed down into a single journal. It can be literally whatever you need or want it to be, whether that’s:
- A way of categorising and tracking your professional life, projects, and meetings;
- Recording family memories, trips, and funny quotes from your kids;
- Organising school and homework;
- Tracking and working on personal growth;
- Or any combination of the above!
99 More Journaling Ideas
Finally, I’ve created a big list of more generic prompts to keep you busy!
This bumper list of 99 prompts is also available in two different PDF designs. Simply print off and work through the list one by one, or print the journal jar format which can easily be cut up and placed inside a jar as daily journal prompts.
Whether you’re brand new to it or just looking for new ideas for journals, there should be plenty of suggestions and prompts here to inspire you!
Journaling is so much more than writing or keeping a diary, it’s a tool which can help you to work towards a life rich in self-discovery, self-growth, and self-fulfilment.