If you’ve ever struggled with stress or any form of a mental health issue, you may have found how helpful it can be to keep a journal. Getting things off of your chest/mind and onto paper can help us not only face what we are dealing with but also provide a means of self-expression.
Here are some therapeutic journal prompts for mental health:
- Write down 5 things that make you incredibly happy and describe why they make you feel this way.
- What do you fear the most? Why? Is your fear rational?
- What qualities about yourself do you love the most?
- In the next year, what are 5 improvements you would like to make regarding your life? Write about the improvements and create a plan to accomplish each one.
- Write about your one of your happiest memories?
- Write about the people in your life that make you feel the most “at ease” and what they do to make you feel that way.
- Write about a difficult memory and the coping mechanisms you used at the time. Would you change the way you dealt? How?
- Write a poem (that DOESN’T HAVE TO RHYME), describing the exact opposite of yourself.
- Write about the last time you cried. What caused you to cry?
- Write about the last time you laughed really hard. What was so funny?
- Write a letter to the future YOU.
- Write a letter to one of your parents – even if you don’t actually give it to them.
- What has your anxiety taught you about yourself?
- Write down a list of ‘regrets’. Either throw them away or toss them into a fire. (Let go of past regrets & move on).
- In detail, describe a perfect day.
- Write a letter to a person who has negatively impacted you. (Again, you don’t actually have to send it out).
- Write a letter to a person who has positively impacted you.
- Write about an incredibly difficult choice you’ve had to make in your life.
- Write down all your coping mechanisms. Evaluate the ones that are most helpful and the ones that are the most detrimental.
- Describe what love means to you in detail.
- Write a letter of forgiveness to yourself.
- Write down 3 of your favorite smells. Describe, in detail, how each one makes you feel.
- Have you ever felt isolated? Write about it.
- Write about 5 songs that mean the most to you. Why do the lyrics speak to you? How do you relate to these songs? How do they make you feel when you hear them?
- Write down all the compliments you can think of, that you’ve received. Write down compliments to people in your life.
- Write a list of 10 things you want to remember during difficult times. (Use this later if you’re feeling down).
- What risks do you want to take? What’s holding you back?
- What element do you consider to be YOU? Write about why. (Earth, Air, Fire, Water).
- What are some of the strongest emotions you’ve ever felt? Write about how those emotions affected you and what caused you to feel those emotions.
- Physically, how do you feel right now?
- What speaks to you on an spiritual level? (Poetry, quote, song ect.) Write about it.
- What items/objects do you find the most comforting? Why do you think that is? What is comforting about them?
- Write a love letter to yourself.
- Write about something that is frustrating to you.
- If you could be anywhere in the world at this very moment, where would you want to be and why?
- What are 3 things that make you angry? Why?
- What activities do you think would make you feel better? Make a plan to carry out those activities.
- Write about something random you’ve seen that made you smile.
- Describe your dream house.
- Who or what (or both), helps motivate you the most? Why is that?
- What are you worried about? Why?
- What are some of your favorite books? Why? Write about them.
- What makes you laugh?
- Write about what you perceive to be the worst thing you’ve ever done.
- When is the last time you did something for someone else? What did you do and how did it make you feel?
- What secrets are you keeping? Are these secrets affecting your life or mental health? Why or why not?
- Write about something that truly surprised you.
- Describe an outfit that makes you feel completely comfortable in your own skin.
- If you weren’t afraid, what are 5 things you would do? Are there any ways you can think of to overcome the fear?
- Write a letter of forgiveness to someone who has caused you pain.
Keeping a journal can be a great way to manage your mental health. You can explore your deepest emotions and identify healthy means to deal with your feelings.
I hope these prompts can help you get your feelings onto paper and release the negative emotions from your mind. 🙂
Keep track of your emotions & keep moving forward.
My name is Sarah. I suffer from a mental illness myself and I also have a blog called Mental Illness Sucks. I love all your ideas for journal entries. You have put together your blog well. Thank you for sharing.
I know this article is from like 3 years ago, but I’ve wanted to try some journalling and I felt like I needed some prompts so here I am. I just did my first journal with a random prompt of yours and it was truly therapeutic. I didn’t know how badly I just need to dump my thoughts onto a page. And confronting my feelings and thoughts in this way is overwhelming. I sat there typing on my computer just crying, a cry that I’ve needed to release for a while. So thank you, I wanted you to know that you helped at least one person with this article.
I am Lilly, I am 18 and I suffer from depression and bipolar disorder. I love all the ideas for journal prompts. Thank you for sharing!
my name is kyla, and i’m 14. i suffer from ptsd, depression, and anxiety. recently i decided to start a journal on my mental health. most times, i don’t like sharing how i feel, so i keep to myself. starting this journal is allowing me to spill my guts on how i feel, so i don’t keep it to myself. thank you for all of these prompts. they really have helped me recently 🙂 to anyone who might be reading this, make sure you eat, drink, and take care of yourself. love yourself. find yourself. whatever you might be going through is just an obstacle to help you get stronger. i believe in you all !!
thank you again!
Thank you for sharing these insights 🙏🏾