Did you have a secret diary when you were younger?!
I didn’t – and as soon as I started journaling as an adult I wished I had started earlier! It helped me understand my emotions, uncover subconscious beliefs, and take control over my narratives.
Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, it helps to have specific prompts that can get you investigating something inside. That’s why I’m sharing these journal prompts for body image!
Journaling For Self-Love
One of the best things you can do for yourself and your journey of self-love is to incorporate journaling into your routine. Journaling can help you cope with anxiety, depression, reduce stress, and help regulate moods.
Journaling can help prioritize your emotional needs, fears, concerns, track your symptoms and help you to work on positive self-talk to help you regulate your negative thoughts. Journaling is an incredibly personal experience and in a busy life, offers something just for you.
It’s a great companion for working on and improving body image. What you think about your body matters! When we have a negative body image accompanied by negative internal dialogue, it can lead to body shaming yourself and others, limiting the things you do and places you go, hiding away, restricting eating, and more.
Journaling can help you to rewrite the story of yourself and your body.
30 Journal prompts For Body Image
Ready to get started?! Different prompts may be harder and potentially more triggering than others, so start wherever you feel most comfortable!
Find a time of day that works for you, get comfortable, maybe play some soft music, and let your pen flow freely.
- What is your earliest memory of your body?
- How did the people (family, friends, teachers, etc) around you talk about bodies (yours, their own, other peoples’) growing up?
- What are some positive experiences you had about your body growing up? (Think: playing sports, stretching, dancing, exploring with friends, adventures, swimming)
- What are some struggles you’ve experienced with your body? How have those struggles impacted your current views on your body?
- What’s something about your body you’re grateful for now?
- Where do you carry stress in your body? How about anger? What about joy? What about love?
- What’s one way you can feel more positive and accepting around your body?
- What is a recent experience your body allowed you to do? For example, walking around a new place on a vacation, swimming in the ocean, dancing with a loved one.
- Why do you participate in movement? Does it feel positive and energetic?
- Think of times/places you felt the best about your body. Are there specific outfits/situations?
- Aside from physical appearance, write 10 things you love about yourself.
- How do you feel the media has impacted your relationship with your body?
- How do you define beauty? How did you come to that definition?
- Write about a time your body image prevented you from attending a social event/holiday/etc. Write about how this made you feel.
- How do you honor and respect your body’s needs?
- How do you want to feel in your body?
- Write a letter to your future self about a promising future and improved relationship with your body/self and the steps to getting there.
- Describe, in detail, what positive body image means to you.
- Write down what your body needs at this moment.
- Describe what feeling at peace and at home in your body would feel like.
- Write down what you would tell a friend/loved one experiencing body image issues.
- What is your perfect outfit and why? Where would you wear it? Is there something stopping you from wearing it?
- Imagine yourself from a different/outward perspective. What do you first notice?
- Write down 10 things that always make your body feel good.
- How do you think your body image has impacted your personality?
- Do you compare yourself to anyone? Who is that? Why is that?
- Do you feel that other people treat you differently based on your body? How does that make you feel? If you could say something to those people, what would it be and how would you feel afterwards?
- Write down 3 people who love you just the way you look and the reasons, besides your body, that they love you.
- How do you pamper your body when you feel low/sick/down? How do you feel afterwards?
- Write a letter to a younger version of yourself about body image.
Self – Love As A Growth Practice
I promise: the impacts of journaling are incredible! Words, thoughts, and actions matter – they all have ways of impacting your conscious and unconscious mind to believing – and not believing – negative ideas of yourself and your body. It is a long journey to acceptance, which can start today by taking pen to paper!
What does journaling mean to you and how has it positively impacted your life?