Have you ever heard of a journal challenge? Journaling has so many different benefits and many counselors/therapists will encourage their clients to utilize a journal. Being an addictions counselor for over 25 years I have encouraged many people to start their healing process through the use of a journal. One of the issues that would arise is people often didn’t know where to start and would end up looking at a blank page. This is where journal prompts can help a person get started with the process of journaling.
What Are Journal Prompts?
Journal prompts are questions or statements that are designed to inspire you or offer you an idea of what to write about. They are a great way for you to start the journaling process. These self-awareness questions or statements are used as a guide when you are not sure what to write about. When used daily they help you develop the habit of journaling.
You will need a pen or pencil. I like using a variety of different colored pens and fine tip markers. You will also need a journal book — a notebook of any kind will also work. Lastly you will need a copy of the questions that you are going to be responding to.
March Journal Challenge Prompts
1. What brings you joy?
2. Would you rather meet your great great grandparents or your great great grandchildren?
3. What does it mean to cherish yourself?
4. If you could have front row seats to any concert who would you see?
5. What are some things that you admire about yourself?
6. If you didn’t have to worry about money what would you do with your life?
7. What types of things are you good at?
8. Who has inspired you as a mentor and why?
9. Do you compare yourself to others? – if so, what do you compare – physical traits, personality etc
10. How does comparing yourself with others make you feel?
11. What do you think is the ideal age?
12. What morals, traits, and qualities do you feel are important?
13. Which language would you like to speak fluently?
14. Can you think of a time when you acted in a way that didn’t demonstrate a positive trait or quality that you have? If so, what happened, and how did you feel due to it?
15. What makes a house a home?
16. Do you share your vulnerabilities with others? Why or why not?
17. Would you rather visit a big city or the countryside?
18. Have you ever stood up for yourself in front of others you know?
19. Have you ever stood up for yourself in front of others you didn’t know very well?
20. What is your favorite quotation?
21. When have you compromised your values and for what reasons? How did it make you feel?
22. In what era would you most like to have grown up?
23. It is always easier to blame others for our problems, sadness and our mistakes. Are you blaming someone else for a problem that you are having right now? If so, who are you blaming, and for what problem?
24. What would you try if you had no fear?
25. How much effect do you think feeling good about yourself has on your appearance?
26. How would you like to spend your elder years?
27. List 5 ways that you take time for yourself?
28. What do you wish you were better at saying “no” to?
29. Describe a happy memory. What did you see, feel, smell and hear?
30. Where would you most like to travel?
31. If you were granted a wish, what would you wish for and why?
An additional component to journaling that I encourage my clients to do is to end each journal entry with a statement of gratitude. I have been practicing this in my personal journal for over 25 years now and it has made a dramatic positive effect on my life. When I focus my thoughts on what it is that I am grateful for in my life I tend to live my life looking for things that I am grateful for. Even in my hardest days I have been able to find gratitude. It has been such a blessing for my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
I want to encourage you to participate in this challenge. It doesn’t require a lot of time. Try and commit 5-10 minutes a day to reflect and respond to the questions being asked. There are no right or wrong answers. This exercise is for you and it never has to be shared with anyone.
Are you participating in this challenge? Do you regularly journal? What have you found as a benefit (s) to journaling in your own life? I would love to hear from you.
Be blessed 💞💞💞
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