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 January 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.
January Journal Prompts
- How do you feel at the start of a new year?
- What are you most looking forward to this year?
- Last year was a year of………This year will be a year of………
- Choose a word for the year and explain why you chose it.
- Three things you need to cut out of your life are……
- The three things that you need to add to your life are….
- What is something new that you would like to try?
- If you could change one thing about your life what would you change?
- One way that you would like to grow in the next year is…
- What’s one thing you’ve done that you’d like to erase?
- Write about someone that you love.
- Make a list of everything you’d like to say “no” to but haven’t been able to. What stops you from saying “no”?
- What are your top three greatest qualities?
- If you were offered a seat on the next space shuttle would you take it?
- What are two negative thoughts you don’t want anymore? Is there anything that you can do to let them go?
- What is your favorite way to relax?
- The title of a movie of your life would be?
- Your top three priorities for this year are….
- Write about at least one thing that you learned about yourself last year.
- How was your last year successful?
- Right now you need….
- Write a letter to God about one thing that you’ve been worrying about.
- If you could have a conversation with a deceased friend or relative who would you choose? What would you want to talk about?
- Using ten words – describe yourself
- What do you think it means to be courageous?
- Write five affirmations for when you are feeling low.
- What is the best way to spend a snowy/rainy weekend?
- The highlight of your month is….
- List 20 things that you are grateful for.
- How can you improve your life in this new year?
- What do you need to take with you into the next month? What do you need to leave behind?
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 “January 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 January 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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