Journaling prompts for a variety of journaling exercises to motivate and inspire you to put pen to paper. If you’re stuck for things to write in a journal, this mega list will keep you going every day for more than a year!

More Than 400 Journaling Prompts to Inspire You

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What I love about journaling is how it facilitates getting into a state of flow, for me at least. Once my pen touches that paper – or, more often lately because I do so much work online, my fingers touch those keys – I’m fully absorbed in the task.

Being so immersed in an activity you enjoy, especially one that is also cathartic, is hugely valuable to mental wellbeing.

Read: How to journal if you’re new to the concept, plus lots of tips for staying committed.

Once I’m engaged, the words flow – no pun intended – almost without conscious thought; I’m so focused that I can be lost for hours, only resurfacing when I suddenly realise I’m ravenous or cold. It’s very rare once I’m mid-process that I lose track or find myself uncertain about what to write next.

…But sometimes it can be tricky simply to know what things to write in a journal, impeding getting started.

I’m sure it’s due to the sheer scale of possibilities, and the longer I do this (blog and journal) the more I find myself keeping notes of what I want to work on when I find time. Having those little notes to fall back on is invaluable, giving me direction when I need it.

Having something to refer to for inspiration when you’re overwhelmed with options has been so beneficial for me that I’ve put together this master resource of journal prompts to help you when you’re in the same boat.

What is a Journal Prompt?

A journal prompt is a simple statement or question to provoke thought and focus, and ultimately to inspire you to put pen to paper. It’s not intended to influence what you write, so much as to ensure that you write something.

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Should I Use Journaling Prompts?

If you’re keen on the idea of personal growth and self-improvement; if you want to find a healthy way to help manage anxiety, stress, or depression; or if you simply love writing – then you should absolutely use journaling prompts!

Having journal prompts to move you to write removes the pressure of that overwhelming blank page, and will help guide you towards your goal via regular journal writing.

How Long is a Journal Prompt?

A journal prompt is usually a concise statement, perhaps with two or three related questions to motivate you to write. However, while the prompts themselves tend to be short, your response/s should be as long as it takes to feel you’ve thoroughly and adequately put your thoughts down on paper.

Over 400 Journaling Prompts For…

Gratitude Journaling

One of my absolute favourites, and something I try to keep as a staple whenever I’m journaling. Keeping a gratitude list is vital to maintaining my positivity, but if I’ve had a bad day it can be a little harder to write out my list without falling back to the things that are always top of my list.

If I want to be more creative than saying my daughters and my husband, then having some prompts is a great way to get me thinking outside of the box, while still spending time actively appreciating the good in my life.

Check out these 50 gratitude journal prompts, or these 212 ideas for gratitude lists if you could use some inspiration too.

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Inner Child Journaling Prompts

Inner child work is so powerful and important for anybody who has suffered childhood trauma, but, if you’re new to the concept then it can be a daunting prospect.

These journal prompts for inner child healing will help you to work through the reparenting exercises that are so valuable as a form of self-therapy.

Shadow Work Journaling Prompts

If you’re feeling brave and ready to do some more intense work on yourself, then shadow work is fantastic.

Shadow work is not easy. But if you’re committed to completing this challenging but very worthwhile self-therapy, these shadow work journal prompts will help you to keep you focused.

Journaling Art Ideas

If you’re looking for some more fun ideas for your journal, these journaling art ideas will keep you busy! 

With over 100 cute doodle tutorials to choose from, there’s something for everyone and every season, and you’ll have plenty of inspiration to get creative.

Journaling For Manifestation

Does manifesting actually work? It’s complicated. But if you’re keen to learn how you can utilise some of the techniques to manifest a healthy mindset if not money, then I have you covered:

99 More Things to Write in a Journal

If you want to journal regularly but you’re not sure what to write about, here are 99 more ideas for daily journaling.

These suggestions are not focused on any particular subject, they’re simply daily prompts to help you get into the routine of journaling every day.

The post includes two PDF’s of the prompts for you to download and print off; one for you to work through at your own pace, and the other formatted to be easily cut up for creating a journal jar.

An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is a huge advocate of personal growth, focusing on journaling to increase positivity and facilitate mindful motherhood. With a wealth of experience in breastfeeding and CMPA, Kate is also an expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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