Have you ever heard of a journal challenge? Journaling has so many different benefits and many counselors/therapists will encourage their clients to utilize a journal. Being an addictions counselor for over 25 years I have encouraged many people to start their healing process through the use of a journal. One of the issues that would arise is people often didn’t know where to start and would end up looking at a blank page. This is where journal prompts can help a person get started with the process of journaling.
What Are Journal Prompts?
Journal prompts are questions or statements that are designed to inspire you or offer you an idea of what to write about. They are a great way for you to start the journaling process. These self-awareness questions or statements are used as a guide when you are not sure what to write about. When used daily they help you develop the habit of journaling. They also are a fabulous tool to enrich your mental and emotional health and promote healing.
Supplies Needed For The December Journal Prompts
You will need a pen or pencil. I like using a variety of different colored pens and fine tip markers. You will also need a journal book — a notebook of any kind will work. Lastly you will need a copy of the questions that you are going to be responding to.
December Journal Prompts
- Share at least 6 words that describe your life right now? Why did you pick those particular words?
- List Christmas activities that you would like to do this month.
- When do you start listening to Christmas music? What is your favorite carol?
- Write about a part of yourself that most people don’t always see.
- Have you ever peeked at presents before Christmas? How did you feel?
- What was the best part of your day? And what was the worst part of your day?
- Share at least 3 holiday wishes.
- What are you most thankful for this Christmas?
- How do you relate to your family during the holidays?
- What brings you joy?
- Who did you help this week? How did you help?
- What do you struggle with during the holidays? Write about at least one thing you can do for self-care to help with your struggles.
- On a scale of 1-10 how happy/content are you in every area of your life? Physically? Mentally? Spiritually? Socially? Emotionally? Work? Family? — Which areas could you improve on?
- Look at your answers from question 13 – what goals can you make in regards to improving those areas?
- What are your favorite Christmas smells? Treats? Movies? Ornament? Tradition?
- If you could give a gift to the world what would it be?
- What do you need to talk about today?
- The holiday season makes me feel…….. because………
- Make an alphabetical list of the 26 best things about the Christmas season, with one item for each letter of the alphabet.
- How can you encourage or bless someone today? Will you follow through and act on it?
- Write an encouraging letter to yourself.
- What does Christmas mean to you? Write about what a perfect Christmas looks like to you?
- What was your most memorable childhood Christmas? Why?
- What is the best gift you’ve ever received? And what is the best gift you’ve ever given?
- How do you spend Christmas Day?
- Share about the things that you wish you had done differently this past year.
- What are some of the things that you loved about this year?
- Who made the biggest impact on your life this past year? What did they do?
- What do you need to let go of and not take into the new year?
- How do you feel about approaching a new year? List 5 new habits you are going to work on adapting in the new year.
- What word do you have in your heart about the next year. List the things that you are looking forward to in the new year.
An additional component to journaling that I always encouraged my clients to do is to end each journal entry with a statement of gratitude. I have been practicing this in my personal journal for over 25 years now and it has made a dramatic positive effect on my life. When I focus my thoughts on what it is that I am grateful for in my life I tend to live my life daily looking for things that I am grateful for. Even in my hardest days I have been able to find gratitude. It has been such a blessing for my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. There are various ways that a person can incorporate gratitude in their lives in addition to writing in a journal. You can find additional gratitude exercises here — 9 Gratitude Activities.
I want to encourage you to participate in this “December Journal Prompts Challenge”. It doesn’t require a lot of time, just a commitment of 5-10 minutes a day to reflect and respond to the questions being asked. There are no right or wrong answers. This exercise is for you and it never has to be shared with anyone – unless you choose to share it.
Additional Journal Prompts Plans
Interested in learning more about enriching your mental health by the process of journaling?
Are you participating in the December journal prompts challenge?
Do you regularly journal?
What have you found as a benefit (s) to journaling in your own life?
I would love to hear from you.
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