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 February Journal Prompts Plan
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.
February Journal Prompts
- How will I show others love this month?
- When I look into the mirror I see a woman/man who is…..
- What happened today?
- Would you prefer money for a housekeeper, cook, gardener, or personal secretary? Why ?
- List 3 things that made you smile today.
- I am happiest when I am …….
- Write about what triggers anger in you.
- What makes you feel safe?
- When have you blamed others for putting you in a bad mood or making you depressed?
- Read what you wrote yesterday. Was there anything you could have done to improve your mood or interpret the situation differently?
- If you believe in heaven, what do you think it will be like?
- When I am in pain – physical and/or emotional – the kindest thing that I can do for myself is……..
- What is on you mind right now?
- Make a list of “7” rules to live by.
- What are three things that I am insecure about?
- Who has recently shown you grace? Who have you recently shown grace towards?
- Where are you living right now – the past – the present – or – the future? Explain
- What does your dream life look like?
- If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?
- What are the most important qualities to look for in a friend?
- Write about your mom. What would you like people to know?
- What advice should you tell yourself today?
- Write about something that scared you.
- Is there something in my life that I need to let go of? Explain. Am I now willing to let it go?
- What life experience has strengthened you the most?
- What am I taking for granted today that I can be thankful for?
- List 25 things that you are grateful for:…..
- Share the highs and the lows of this past month.
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 “February’s Journal Prompts Challenge”. This process 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 February 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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