Journaling has long been cited as a positive coping skill in the world of mental health. Many clinicians encourage the practice as a way to manage anxiety, reduce stress, and track mental health symptoms. For some, getting into the practice of journaling can feel like a daunting task. Below are a few prompts overcome that fear and spark your journaling inspiration.

  • How have you changed in the last five years?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  • What makes you feel happy/fulfilled?
  • Write a list of ten things you are grateful for.
  • If you could change one thing what would it be any why?
  • Write about your day or week. How did you feel? Did you learn anything new?


Once you’ve selected a prompt try to avoid perfectionism and let your thoughts flow. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar. This is a good opportunity to disconnect from technology and find a quiet place to write free from your phone, TV, or computer. Coming back to your journal in times of distress can help you find clarity through clouded judgments and the opinions of others.


Liz Hughes

Mental Health Intern

Hope and Healing Center & Institute



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