Many people struggle with self-esteem issues. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to move past the negative thoughts in your head. The following self-esteem journal prompts are designed to help you identify and overcome these things that make you feel less than great about yourself.

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is the opinion you have of yourself. It’s what makes you feel good about your abilities, appearance, and achievements. Your self-esteem can change depending on how others treat you or even just how you are feeling that day. Self-esteem affects every aspect of your life, including relationships, schoolwork, career goals, etc. Research suggests that low self-esteem can increase the risk of self-destructive behaviors and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. (1)

It is said that “Healthy self-esteem is the cornerstone of emotional well-being.” True enough! A person with high self-esteem will be more confident in themselves and their abilities to do things they want to do, leading them to explore new opportunities for growth and development.

However, a person with low self-esteem may become too afraid of failure, so they never try anything new because they are worried about not succeeding. This can lead to a very limited life full of missed opportunities.

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How journaling can help with self-esteem

Are you struggling with your self-esteem? Maybe you don’t feel good about yourself, or maybe you have a hard time accepting compliments. If so, journaling might be a good solution for you.

Journaling can be a great way to work through personal issues, and self-esteem is no exception. It gives you the opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings in a private space without fear of judgment or reprisal. Your journal is like your own safe haven where anything goes. This may allow for more honest reflections on yourself and how you view the world, which can result in an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence.

Journal prompts to build self-esteem

It’s not always easy to stay positive, but with these self-esteem journal prompts, you can start building your way back up.

Journal prompts for low self esteem

  • What does healthy self-esteem mean to you?
  • How would you rate your level of self-esteem?
  • Are you satisfied with the person you’ve become?
  • How often do you fall victim to other people’s opinions?
  • Do you have a hard time nurturing yourself? Why?
  • Write about a situation that made you feel unworthy.
  • What are you most insecure about?
  • How would your life be different if you would have a high level of self-esteem?
  • Write about one thing that negatively affects your self-esteem daily. How can you change that?
  • How can you increase your positive self-talk? (For example, you can start writing down and noticing automatic thoughts and use reasoning to challenge your negative thoughts)
  • Write about one past fear you were able to overcome.
  • What is unique about you?
  • What is your favorite thing about yourself and why?
  • Write down five compliments you’ve received from others.
  • What are the things you are good at?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • For what do you want to be remembered?

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  • What are your strengths and weaknesses, and how can you use them to your advantage?
  • When was the last time you really celebrated your own success or gave yourself credit for what you are doing right?
  • What could you start doing, or stop doing, to deepen your relationships with yourself?
  • When do you feel the most comfortable in your own skin?
  • Write down three ways in which you have grown this past year.
  • Evaluate the people around you. Are you surrounding yourself with people who encourage you or people who subtly put you down?
  • Write down one thing that makes you feel good about yourself every day.
  • What’s been going well for you lately?
  • What’s one thing that makes you nervous or uncomfortable to do, but would be worth it in the end.
  • Think of one thing that makes you feel really happy and write it down.
  • What flaw will you work on this year?
  • Think back on one time when someone complimented something about. what was it, who said it, and how did it make you feel at the time?
  • What activities make you feel good about yourself?
  • Do you often compare yourself to others? How can you avoid that?
  • List five realistic goals for the next day, week, month, and year. (The goals must be appropriate and allow you to step outside their comfort zone)
  • What is one small change you can make this week that will help you feel in control of your life?
  • Keep an ongoing list of small accomplishments and things you’re proud of yourself for.
  • How can you be helpful to others around you?

Final Thoughts

If you want to get started on improving your self-esteem, try using these journal prompts for low self-esteem. The act of writing can help you identify your strengths, work on weaknesses and build a positive self-image by focusing on what’s right with yourself instead of all your flaws. Journaling is also an excellent way to keep track of your progress and achievements, which will boost your confidence and self-esteem even more.



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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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