30 Journal Prompts For Self-care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation,” Audre Lorde.

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If you aren’t familiar, Audre Lorde was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. And, when it comes to self-care: Audre Lorde gets it! And I’m sure if she were here, she’d scream about the power of journal prompts for self-care!

I spoke about journaling for body image in my previous blog post, 30 Journal Prompts for Body Image. I truly believe that journaling can change your life!

Taking time out of your week to put pen to paper to make sense of your deepest thoughts is life-changing. It’s a targeted self-care practice that can take anywhere from 3 minutes to 3 hours (anyone else gets into a passion pit when writing?!)

But, I also understand if you don’t have that much time.

If that sounds like you, check out my blog 15 practical self-care ideas for when you don’t have much time. In it, you’ll see that suggestion #4 is all about journaling. 

I believe in it – and think you should join the journaling movement.

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What Are The Benefits of Journaling?

Many scientific research papers have said that journaling is the remedy for navigating modern life. 

Some benefits of journaling include: 

  • Improved sense of mindfulness
  • Better memory
  • Ability to communicate well with others
  • Improved sleep
  • A stronger immune system
  • Increased self-confidence
  • A higher I.Q

When you write about events, challenges, fear, gratitude, and emotions, it helps your brain label feelings. 

Journaling doubles as a file folder for our memories and experiences – helping to balance moods which, when used consistently, can lead to a more fulfilling and joyful life. 

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Journaling Prompts on Self-care to Help Get You Started 

Below are some prompts to get you started with writing. 

Feel free to only answer one per day – which means you have enough prompts here to start a new journaling habit!

  1. What self-care practices do I neglect, and why do I do that? 
  2. How would I describe my love language  & what self-care practices intersect with my love language? (Get inspired by Self Care Ideas for your Love language)
  3. When was the last time I felt hopeful and why? 
  4. What makes me feel powerful and in control? How can I introduce these activities into my week? 
  5. How do I show that I trust myself? 
  6. When was the last time I set a boundary with someone in my life? How did it make me feel? How am I holding myself accountable to this boundary? 
  7. How do I ask for help when I am struggling? What stops me from asking for help?
  8. When was the last time I savoured alone time? What did I do? 
  9. How have I been sleeping lately? What has been affecting my sleeping patterns? 
  10. How do I show myself, love? 
  11. What did I do for fun when I was a child? 
  12. Which scents relax me? How can I incorporate them into my life more? 
  13. Which sounds calm me down? When do I hear them? 
  14. When was the last time I felt total relaxation? 
  15. Where can I make time to practice self-care? What needs to change for me to commit to this? 
  16. What makes me laugh? When was the last time I belly laughed? 
  17. Who makes me feel safe, loved, and heard? How can I spend more time with them?
  18. What is something I am proud of doing, making, or accomplishing? 
  19. When was the last time I celebrated an accomplishment of mine? How did I celebrate? 
  20. What is something that makes me feel fulfilled? 
  21. What are 3 ways I can add relaxation and mindfulness into my day? 
  22. How do I define success? Is there a way I can measure it? 
  23. What challenges have I faced last week? What can I learn from that?
  24. What is my mood today? What are 3 positive things and 3 challenges that happened? 
  25. What’s a crucial memory that brings me joy? Describe it in detail.
  26.  What would my dream day be spent doing?  
  27. [fill in the blank] I feel the most confident when I am: _________ 
  28. What are my values and what am I doing consistently to align myself with them? 
  29. Write a letter to your 10-year-old, 15-year-old and 20-year-old self
  30.  [fill in the blank] Something that makes me feel inspired is:  _________ 
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Put Pen to Paper 

Once you begin journaling for self-care, you may ask yourself – why did I wait so long to start?! 

And if journaling is already in your routine, try switching things up by focusing your writing specifically on self-care. 

Which journal prompt are you the most excited to explore?!

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