So how are you feeling today? Is the world getting on your nerves, or maybe it’s work? Perhaps you’re feeling down like nothing is going right. We all need a break every now and again, so I thought I’d share some self-care journal prompts with you that will help you focus on your own needs.

What Is a Self-Care Journal? And Why You Should Keep One

We are constantly being pulled in every direction by the fast pace of our lives and obligations. Our minds are always racing about what we have done or haven’t gotten around to doing yet. The good news is that we can do things each day to take care of ourselves without taking up too much time or money. One way you can do this is by keeping a self-care journal.

A self-care journal is an excellent way to get in touch with yourself and your needs. It’s also a tool that can help you have overall better physical and mental health.
The benefits of self-care journaling a numerous:

  1. A self-care journal helps you identify what areas of your life need the most attention so you can focus on them.
  2. Your self-care journal will help you make time for yourself, whether that’s by taking some time out of your day or making an appointment with yourself. It also provides a space to reflect on how well you are looking after yourself, what worked and what didn’t work so well – which can help explain why you’re feeling anxious or stressed. Keeping track of what works for you will create more sustainable habits in the long term.
  3. Self-care journaling is also an easy way to track how often you do certain activities that make you feel good.
  4. A self-care journal helps with self-awareness – it’s like having an honest conversation with yourself. You’ll feel better about yourself after journaling because you’re able to process things that are bothering you and triggering negative emotions.
  5. Journaling is a great way to express your thoughts which can help you work through problems, make decisions, and solve issues. Keeping up with this habit will bring peace of mind and happiness into your life.

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40 Self-Care Journal Prompts

It can be difficult to know how to start a self-care journal, so here are some prompts and ideas that might help you.

Self care prompts

1. What have you been doing for self-care lately?
2. Which acts of self-care truly make you happy?
3. What are three things on your list of goals for the next month that will help ensure you’re taking care of yourself?
4. Write down five things that make you happy (e.g., family, friends, pets).
5. If there was one thing that could make your day better, what would it be, and how would it change things for you?
6. Write down at least five ways to make yourself feel better if feeling sad or stressed out.
7. How can you celebrate yourself today?
8. How do you put yourself first without guilt?
9. What did you do today that made you feel good about yourself and your life?
10. Is there anything else on your mind that makes it difficult for you to focus on taking care of yourself?

Related: 12 Ways To Practice Emotional Self-Care

11. Are you able to forgive yourself when you make mistakes?
12. What do you need to forgive yourself for right now?
13. What did you learn about yourself today?
14. How do you recharge?
15. What personal needs are you sacrificing to meet the needs of others?
16. Did anything happen in your life that might need to be addressed by a professional – therapist, counselor, etc.?
17. What worries do you have right now, and how can you cope with them better in the future?
18. What made today great or allowed you to enjoy life more than usual?
19. How can you set healthy boundaries in your relationship with others?
20. Do you have enough alone time? How do you spend quality time with yourself?

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21. If you had two hours to yourself, what would you choose to do?
22. How do you take care of your body daily?
23. What is your favorite hobby?
24. What drains your energy?
25. Write down your top three favorite self-care quotes.
26. What are your top three favorite songs that always make you feel better?
27. Write down a list of three relaxing self-care ideas to practice this weekend.
28. What’s a choice you can make this week based on your needs?
29. What do you need to let go of?
30. How do you ask for help when you need it?

Related: 10 Basic Self-Care Sunday Ideas

31. How do you remind yourself that you are enough?
32. What do you need to make time for?
33. What positive habits you’d like to add to your daily routine?
34. What do you do when you have a bad day?
35. What do you need to work on in your personal life? How can you do this?
36. Think of a self-care affirmation or mantra and write it down.
37. How can you add more love to your day-to-day life?
38. How can you slow down and be more mindful in your life?
39. How can you be kinder to yourself this week?
40. What are two obstacles to practicing self-care daily? How can I overcome them?

Related: 20 Tangible ways to practice self-love 

How to Start a Self-Care Journal?

Follow this step-by-step guide on creating your own self-care journal that you can use for years.

  •  Get a blank-lined notebook you like and choose a pen or pencil that works well with your writing style.
  • Keep your journal in your bedroom and set up a specific time for your writing sessions, such as first thing in the morning or before bedtime.
  • Turn off your phone or put it in another room so you can’t be distracted by notifications or social media.
  • Put on some relaxing music to help you focus.
  • Choose a self-care prompt that resonates with you. Focus on one prompt per day and write for 5 minutes, no more than 10. Keep it simple – don’t write a novel every day.
  • Set a timer so you know when the journaling session is over.
  • Make sure you’re committed to your self-care journal. Make it easy for yourself to stay accountable with reminders, stickers, and rewards.
  • It’s important to be kind and gentle with yourself when writing down your thoughts.
  • Make sure not to set unrealistic expectations for yourself – sometimes it’s okay if things don’t go as planned, but try to do better next time.
  • Journaling is not meant to be perfect. Just be honest about how you’re feeling.
  • Get creative with your writing – draw pictures or doodle while writing out thoughts on paper!
  • Read back over your journal periodically to see any patterns or trends that emerge from your writing.

Final Thoughts

This blog post offered some journal prompts to help guide you in the process of taking care of yourself. I hope these prompts have helped inspire some new ideas about how you can take time out of each day to nurture yourself.

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About the Author

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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