52 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery

May 9, 2020shemindfully

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

Self Image:
  1. What is your favorite physical aspect of your body? Why?
  2. If you could alter one part of your body, but in return had to lose something from your life, what would you choose?
  3. What’s your first thought when you look in a mirror?
  4. Find a mirror. Set a timer and smile at yourself for 3 minutes. What comes up while you do this?

See Also: 5-Step Guide to Discovering Your Natural Beauty

Self Love:
  1. When do you feel the strongest?
  2. When do you feel the weakest?
  3. Talk about a time when you truly felt like yourself.
  4. When was the time you felt the most proud of yourself?
  5. What happened on the best day of your life so far?
  6. Design your perfect day.
  7. What does it mean to be “you”?
  8. Describe yourself in 6 words. How did you choose these?
  9. What makes you feel happy?
Self Improvement:
  1. What is something you regret that you wish you had a chance to redo?
  2. Name something from your past that you cannot let go of? How would it feel to let this go?
  3. What was the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?
  4. What do you do to feel better on bad days?
  5. How do you deal with stress?
  6. What is one thing you’re afraid to share with other people?
  7. What did quarantine help you realize about your life?
  8. When was one time that you felt afraid?
  9. How do you feel about being alone?
  10. What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago?
  11. What is something that is worrying you right now?
52 Journal prompts for self discovery- she mindfully
  1. Who makes you feel genuine in their presence?
  2. Who is someone you admire? What do you admire about them?
  3. Think of your closest friend. What qualities do you love most about them?
  4. How would your friends describe you if they knew you wouldn’t find out?
  5. Do you believe in soul mates?
  6. Do you believe in monogamy?
  7. If you could write a thank you letter right now, who would it be to?
  8. If you could have anyone with you today, who would you choose?

See Also: People Don’t Control Your Feelings

  1. What has made you feel happiest this week?
  2. Talk about a time when you felt most alive?
  3. What is your proudest moment?
  4. What was your favorite subject to learn about? Why?
  5. Where do you feel the most comfortable?
  6. Create a bucket list.

See Also: How to Create and Affirmation Jar

  1. What have you thought about most this week? Why?
  2. What is one moment you wish you could relive again?
  3. If you could donate $10 million dollars to any one charity or cause, which would you choose and why?
  4. What does your bedroom say about you?
  5. Write your life story (so far) in 200 words or less.
  6. What have you learned about yourself in the past year?
  7. What are your goals for this month? Year? 3 years?

See Also: Tips From a Therapist to Stop Overthinking

Just for Fun!
  1. If you could be anywhere, doing anything right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?
  2. Name an animal you are fascinated by. What is it about them that intrigues you? Do you see any of these qualities in yourself?
  3. What’s a song that’s constantly stuck in your head? What’s your favorite lyric?
  4. If you could live inside of your favorite movie, what role would you play?
  5. Which character would you be in a horror movie?
  6. If someone could walk through your house and look at your things (without meeting you) how do you think they would describe you?
  7. Would you rather live a (subjectively) boring life for 100 years, or a wild life for 50 years? Why?
52 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery

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!

Comments (17)

  • Ann

    May 10, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Great post as usual. I shared it ☺️

  • Ariana

    May 10, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    This is so right! Writing is a form of freeing yourself from extra baggage we carry around sometimes. It can be a cleansing process.
    Ariana Suero

  • iemexploring

    May 10, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    This is so important! especially in times like these, I love the idea of this post :D! nice to have some positivity

  • Mary

    May 10, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    I LOVE this post!! Such great prompts!! I am going to use with my teen daughter!!

  • Ina

    May 10, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Loving this. Super detailed. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kimberly

    May 11, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Great prompts! I like that you chose a variety of topics to explore 🙂

  • Crystal

    May 11, 2020 at 1:15 am

    I love this list! Very much something we all need right now during this quarantine. Self-reflection & care are so important!


    May 11, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I love journaling even though I’m relatively new to it. Your prompts are so thorough and encourages reflection and personal growth in many areas.

  • Kat Hibbert

    May 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    These are great prompts! Definitely going to explore some

  • Priyanka

    May 11, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    This would be so helpful… Self love and Self-interpretation – I am definitely going to follow them. Thank you drafting this so nicely 🙂

  • Esther

    May 11, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    these are such useful prompts! Will have to use these for my journaling

  • Joline

    May 11, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    These are so helpful! I used to journal but life got too busy I suppose. I like the prompt what made me happiest this week. It really makes you appreciate the little things!

  • rosemary | a hint of rosemary

    May 11, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    So many wonderful prompts packed into this article! I especially like the Self Improvement list …will be working on that one! Thank you for posting!

  • Tana

    May 11, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    I really love how comprehensive this list is! Many people are open to journaling, but feel defeated because they don’t know how to get started. You made this so simple! A few prompts I love using with my students (I’m a school counselor) to build resilience and self-esteem are: What is a challenge you successfully overcame in the past? What skills did you use to overcome that hardship? How can those same skills help you with future difficulties?

  • judean

    May 11, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    So I never really like Journal prompts…I always feel they are too much to think about. While going thru these, they felt different! Thanks for sharing – I pinned this!

  • Kelsey

    May 12, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    I love this and am loving your content! I have been looking for some good journal prompts. It’s something I try to do every night and these are some great questions to help draw out the insights!

  • Kait | Slumber & Scones

    May 14, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    I love these prompts! One thing that always held me back from journaling is just not knowing what to write about. These are such a helpful way to get started.

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