[Ad – features a gifted product] In the last few years, I’ve been very focused on living a more positive life. The foundation of the required mindset is appreciating what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t, and writing down those reasons is a valuable and fortifying process. I’ve never been a great diary writer, but keeping a simple journal in which to jot down ideas, inspiring thoughts, and reasons to be grateful is very powerful. So today I thought I’d share some journal prompts for self discovery and wellbeing.

Incidentally, this is something I’ve started to do with Pixie each day too – and I cannot overstate the wonderful influence it’s having on her.

As the exercise fosters a more content temperament, I’m watching her flourish.

Journal Prompts for Self Discovery
Journal prompts for self-discovery and promoting positivity.

Overcoming a Negative Mindset

Having a CMPA baby with colic featured as a rather impressive blip for my own mental health – those early months really tested me to my limits – but since we’ve come out the other side, I’m determined to remain upbeat with a positive outlook.

The work I’ve done on myself since shaking (for the most part) the debilitating postnatal anxiety I suffered has been life-changing. My default disposition is now optimistic – but I like to surround myself with prompts to help keep my focus.

With my children getting older and my life changing, I want to make it the best and most fulfilled it can be! And not being complacent about my mental health is critical – we’re all fallible and sometimes a little nudge to stay away from negative thought spirals can be very welcome.

Which is why I’m in love my beautiful new bracelets from Soul Analyse.

Affirmation Bracelets
Affirmation Bracelets

The set of three bangles, made from stainless steel with one plated in 14k gold and one in 14k rose gold, are gorgeously simple – but feature poignant and powerful words.

Bracelets
Affirmation bracelets: I am happy; I am grateful; I am blessed.

I wear them every day and they remind me to be thankful. This form of positive mindfulness is the single most beneficial thing I’ve done for myself in terms of my personal wellbeing; it’s transformed my mental health for the better.

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Journal Prompts for Self Discovery

If you’re interested in practicing journaling but unsure where to begin, I’ve put together a list of suggestions to help get you started. Simply jot down anything that springs to mind in response to these questions and prompts:

1. I’m grateful for…

2. My favourite things about myself are…

3. I’m proud of myself for…

4. The greatest lesson I’ve learned from a mistake is…

5. My five favourite smells are…

6. List five songs or pieces of music that make you smile…

7. Five of my happiest memories are…

8. The kindest thing I’ve done this week is…

9. Write down how you could support a friend or relative tomorrow.

10. My favourite thing to do when I’m feeling stressed or anxious is…

11. Name the people in your life who make you happiest.

12. Name five things you’d like to achieve in the next year.

13. My favourite forms of self-care are…

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14. My three most precious possessions are…

15. The most special gift I’ve ever received is…

16. My favourite tastes are…

17. Describe yourself, and how you can improve any perceived flaws.

18. Write down a secret about yourself that you’d like to share with somebody.

19. My favourite three books are…

20. Write down three books you will read in the next six months.

21. My favourite feel-good movies are…

22. Write down three simple pleasures that you can work into your week, every week.

23. My favourite hobby is…

24. Three things I’d like to learn in my lifetime are…

25. Write a bucket list of places you’d like to visit in your home country.

26. …And abroad.

27. The best compliment I’ve ever received is…

28. I wish I was brave enough to… Think about what you can do to make it happen.

29. Write down two things that make you feel beautiful.

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30. My favourite exercise is… Make a plan for when you can next do this.

31. My favourite flowers are…

32. Write a letter addressed to yourself at the hardest time in your life.

33. My favourite proverb / motto is…

34. My favourite flavours are…

35. Write down three promises to yourself to improve your personal wellbeing.

Journaling doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated – you don’t need special tools or equipment – a pen and pad is sufficient. Although I love using gorgeous stationery myself and using the experience as a form of self-care!

Have I missed anything? What journal prompts for self discovery and positivity would you add to my list?

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An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is an experienced breastfeeding advocate, and expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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