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 November 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.
November Journal Prompts
- Do you live to work or work to live? Explain.
- What is one thing that you need to start doing, that your future self will thank you for?
- If you could do yesterday over —— would you do anything differently?
- What event in the past, present, or future would you like to witness in person?
- List 5 things that feel like roadblocks to your happiness.
- Make a list of expectations that you have of yourself.
- Go over the list that you made yesterday and put a check mark to any that may be unrealistic. What makes them unrealistic?
- What has been the most spiritual experience of your life?
- Are there moments in your life when you are not focused on what other people are thinking of you? Describe what you are doing at these moments.
- What does it feel like when you don’t focus on what others are thinking?
- What does your best day look like?
- If you decided to go on a spiritual journey where would you go and what would you do?
- Something that nobody knows is………
- Write a letter to yourself filled with gratitude.
- What is overwhelming you now? How can you reduce this feeling of being overwhelmed?
- How do you think our culture is going to change in the next 100 years?
- What activities set your soul on fire?
- Share a childhood memory.
- What’s the most beautiful place that you have ever seen?
- Make a list of 30 things that make you happy.
- What distractions are hindering your productivity?
- Which moment from your life would you choose to relive if you could?
- What have you done lately for yourself?
- Write about something that is burdening/bothering you.
- What do you need to forgive yourself for? Are you willing to forgive yourself today? Why or why not?
- Right now my priority is…..
- Three things that I value about myself are…..
- When I enter into a new relationship with someone I’m afraid of……..
- Write 3 affirmations for when you are feeling low
- This month I was challenged by…….
- Share 20 things that you are grateful for this 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 “November 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?
18 Different Types of Journals to Keep
11 Reasons Everyone Needs To Start Journaling
Are you participating in the November 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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