3 Journal Prompts to Help Unlock Your True Self

Keeping a journal? With busy work schedules, kid schedules, household schedules, who has time? But it’s an important tool to reconnect with yourself – and these three easy journal prompts can help.

It’s proven that journaling has many mental health benefits. It can help boost your mood. It lets you recognize negative self-talk and engage in more positive talk. It helps to prioritize concerns, feelings, fears, and even dreams and aspirations.

But it can be intimidating sitting down and starting a journal when you haven’t done it before and don’t know where to begin. 

So what’s the secret to getting started journaling? It’s using three super simple journal prompts to get started. They will help you connect with yourself so you can start to see some mood-boosting benefits.

Use these to just free-write for five to ten minutes. That’s all it takes to get started. 

  1. I need – Meeting your needs is an important component to happiness, but often, we’re so busy meeting everyone else’s needs, we forget about our own. Ignoring or repressing our needs feel bad. Meeting our needs feel good. Use the ‘I need’ journal prompt to give a voice to what is missing in your life. Take a few minute to write down three to five needs you have right now and then think about ways you can meet them. 
  1. I want – There are many things that we want and it’s important to give a voice to them. Use the ‘I want’ journal prompt to identify somethings that you want – even if they seem totally crazy. What’s the difference with needs and wants? Needs you need in order to survive. Wants are an extra bonus, but not necessary.
  1. I feel – Processing your feelings is important. If you stifle them or ignore them, they can come back in a not so fun form. That can be in the form of yelling at a loved one, feeling depressed, or more. So journaling to feel your feelings and let them go is a great way to get on the path to feeling good again. Remember, there are no bad feelings. They just are. Feel them and then let them go.

Do you have favorite journal prompts? Do you journal? Do you have any tips you can share? Leave a comment below.

And don’t forget to check out our journals designed to help you reconnect with your best self.

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