Journaling is an important part of therapy for damaged self esteem (at least in my view!). Journaling can help with self discovery because it helps us to access our inner experiences. Brainstorming and writing out our inner thoughts is a great way to realize and release built up emotions. It also allows us a way to visualize our thoughts, and notice any potential patterns or maladaptive processes. Read on to see my thought-provoking journal prompts for self discovery!
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52 Prompts for 52 Weeks of the Year
- What is your favorite physical aspect of your body? Why?
- If you could alter one part of your body, but in return had to lose something from your life, what would you choose?
- What’s your first thought when you look in a mirror?
- Find a mirror. Set a timer and smile at yourself for 3 minutes. What comes up while you do this?
- When do you feel the strongest?
- When do you feel the weakest?
- Talk about a time when you truly felt like yourself.
- When was the time you felt the most proud of yourself?
- What happened on the best day of your life so far?
- Design your perfect day.
- What does it mean to be “you”?
- Describe yourself in 6 words. How did you choose these?
- What makes you feel happy?
- What is something you regret that you wish you had a chance to redo?
- Name something from your past that you cannot let go of? How would it feel to let this go?
- What was the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?
- What do you do to feel better on bad days?
- How do you deal with stress?
- What is one thing you’re afraid to share with other people?
- What did quarantine help you realize about your life?
- When was one time that you felt afraid?
- How do you feel about being alone?
- What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago?
- What is something that is worrying you right now?
- Who makes you feel genuine in their presence?
- Who is someone you admire? What do you admire about them?
- Think of your closest friend. What qualities do you love most about them?
- How would your friends describe you if they knew you wouldn’t find out?
- Do you believe in soul mates?
- Do you believe in monogamy?
- If you could write a thank you letter right now, who would it be to?
- If you could have anyone with you today, who would you choose?
- What has made you feel happiest this week?
- Talk about a time when you felt most alive?
- What is your proudest moment?
- What was your favorite subject to learn about? Why?
- Where do you feel the most comfortable?
- Create a bucket list.
- What have you thought about most this week? Why?
- What is one moment you wish you could relive again?
- If you could donate $10 million dollars to any one charity or cause, which would you choose and why?
- What does your bedroom say about you?
- Write your life story (so far) in 200 words or less.
- What have you learned about yourself in the past year?
- What are your goals for this month? Year? 3 years?
Just for Fun!
- If you could be anywhere, doing anything right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?
- Name an animal you are fascinated by. What is it about them that intrigues you? Do you see any of these qualities in yourself?
- What’s a song that’s constantly stuck in your head? What’s your favorite lyric?
- If you could live inside of your favorite movie, what role would you play?
- Which character would you be in a horror movie?
- If someone could walk through your house and look at your things (without meeting you) how do you think they would describe you?
- Would you rather live a (subjectively) boring life for 100 years, or a wild life for 50 years? Why?
I hope you have enjoyed these journal prompts for self discovery! You can use these prompts weekly to help guide your journal practices, or daily to get you into the habit of writing consistently.
I hope you enjoy using these prompts! Let me know in the comments below which ones you found most interesting!