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.
Supplies Needed For The September Journal Prompts
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.
September Journal Prompts
- List 5 things that you love about yourself.
- List 3 things that feel like roadblocks to happiness.
- If you could give all human beings one virtue which would you choose? Explain.
- Make a list of expectations that you have for a boyfriend/ husband (girlfriend/wife).
- Go over your list of expectations from yesterday and put a check mark next to any that may be unrealistic. Why do you believe this to be true?
- If you could have any job in the world, which one would you choose? Why?
- Would you choose to be the worst player on a winning team or the best player on a losing team?
- Describe a time that you were criticized by someone. How did it make you feel? How did you deal with it?
- If you could donate one million dollars to only one charity which would you choose? Why that charity?
- Who “lights” you up?
- If you could have another name what name would you choose?
- How did you take care of myself physically, emotionally and spiritually today?
- Two things that test your patience.
- What is your proudest accomplishment?
- Make a list of 20 things that you say to yourself that are not “sweet and kind”.
- Make a list of 20 things that you like about yourself.
- Write about something that is weighing heavy on your heart right now.
- If you lived to be a 100 would it be important to have a sharp mind or a fit body?
- Write about something that you forgive yourself for.
- Write about your dad. What would you like people to know?
- Share a quote to live by. How can you apply it to your life?
- If you could be brilliant in one subject (topic) which would you choose? Explain.
- Make a list of things that you were taught to do as a child in order to be liked by others.
- Go back to yesterday’s list and put a check mark next to the ones that you still do, or believe to be true. Which one’s have you stopped doing?
- Name 10 things that you can start doing to take better care of yourself. (Physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually).
- Do you need to make amends with anyone today? Is there someone that you need to forgive?
- Fill in the blank: on a scale of 1-10 my mental health is________________. I believe this because _________________.
- Which vice would you indulge in if it had no negative side effect?
- The highlight of my month is _______________.
- My goal for next month is?________ I am going to achieve this by doing the following: _________________.
- List 30 things that you are grateful for.
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 daily 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. There are various ways that a person can incorporate gratitude in their lives in addition to writing in a journal. You can find additional gratitude exercises here — 9 Gratitude Activities.
I want to encourage you to participate in this “September Journal Prompts Challenge”. It doesn’t require a lot of time. It requires a commitment of 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 – unless you choose to share it.
Additional Journal Prompts Plans
Are you interested in learning more about enriching your mental health by the process of journaling?
Are you participating in the September journal prompts 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.
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