90+ Journal Prompts for Mental Health

Take care of your mind with journaling :)

Welcome to our blog post on journal prompts for mental health!

If you're reading this, you're likely looking for ways to prioritize your mental well-being and self-care.

One powerful tool for doing so is journaling, which can help you process your thoughts and feelings, gain clarity and perspective, and cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness.

These journal prompts have been carefully selected to support your mental health journey, whether you're looking to heal from past traumas, manage stress and anxiety, or simply create more balance and joy in your life.

We hope that these journal prompts for mental health will inspire you to reflect, express, and grow and that you'll find them to be a helpful and supportive resource on your path to wellness.

How journaling can help mental health

Journaling can be a helpful tool for improving mental health in several ways:

  1. Process emotions: Writing about your thoughts and feelings can help you process and make sense of your emotions, which can be therapeutic and help you feel more in control.
  2. Gain clarity and perspective: Putting your thoughts out can help you gain clarity and perspective on your experiences and challenges, which can be helpful in finding solutions and making decisions.
  3. Cultivate mindfulness: Journaling can help you practice mindfulness by focusing your attention on the present moment and your inner experience, which can help reduce stress and increase self-awareness.
  4. Promote self-care: Writing in a journal can be a form of self-care, as it can give you time to focus on your own needs and well-being.
  5. Improve communication: Journaling can help you improve your communication skills by giving you a safe space to express yourself and practice articulating your thoughts and feelings.
  6. Enhance self-expression: Journaling can provide an outlet for self-expression, which can be especially helpful if you have difficulty expressing yourself in other ways.

Journal Prompts for Mental Health

Gratitude Journal Prompts

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Gratitude journaling is the practice of regularly writing down things that you are thankful for or things that have brought you joy or positivity.

  1. Write about a time when you laughed uncontrollably.
  2. Appreciate a friend who lives far away but is dear to you.
  3. What is the best gift that you have ever received?
  4. Write about a movie that touched your heart, and why.
  5. Write about someone that you really admire.
  6. Appreciate the refreshing walk that you had in nature.
  7. What do you like most about yourself?
  8. What do you love most about the time you are living in?
  9. Express gratitude for having as much food as you need.
  10. Appreciate the vehicles that let you travel long distances.
  11. Express gratitude for the facility of ordering food at your doorstep and the people who deliver it.
  12. Look around and list 5 things that help you in your day-to-day life.
  13. List 5 ways that having a mobile phone makes your life easier.
  14. Express gratitude for 5 things that you use daily.
  15. Write about an electronic device that you feel grateful to have.
  16. What is one thing about the Internet that you admire?
  17. What is something that you can do today that people 30 years ago couldn't?
  18. Think about the people you don't know who help make your life easier.
  19. List 5 things in your bedroom that you are grateful for.
  20. Express gratitude for 5 tools that help you save time.
  21. What privilege do you enjoy that others might not?
  22. Write about a song that you can't help but sing along to.
  23. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
  24. What was the most enjoyable part of your childhood?
  25. What aspect of your health do you feel grateful for?
  26. Whose company do you like the most?
  27. What excites you about the future?
  28. Who is the most reliable person in your life?
  29. When did something wonderful happen unexpectedly?
  30. Appreciate a stranger that was helping someone in need.
  31. Write about the most influential people in your life.
  32. Write about an achievement that you are most proud of.
  33. Write about something that makes you feel lucky.
  34. Write about a recent improvement in your lifestyle.
  35. Write about something beautiful that moved you to tears.
  36. What is the funniest video you've watched recently?
  37. Write about a time when you challenged your comfort zone.
  38. What is your favorite part about your town or city?
  39. What do you like about growing up?
  40. Which is your favorite weather, and why?
  41. What is the most fascinating thing about life?
  42. What is one skill or quality about yourself that you appreciate the most?
  43. Express gratitude to yourself and the journey you're having.
  44. Write about someone that you idolize, and why.
  45. What are you always excited to do?
  46. What is your strongest life value?
  47. Write about one positive thing that happened today.
  48. What is your favorite part of your life?
  49. Which recent experience in life taught you a big lesson?
  50. What is your most prized possession?
  51. Write about 3 things that help you stay clean and fresh.
  52. Look around and list 3 things that help you in your day-to-day life.
  53. What are the 3 things at your home that help you take care of yourself?
  54. List 5 ways that having a mobile phone makes your life easier.
  55. Express gratitude for 5 basic things that you use daily.
  56. Appreciate 3 facilities in your town that you often overlook.
  57. Express gratitude for the tools that have made entertainment more accessible to you.
  58. Write about an electronic device that you feel grateful to have.
  59. What is one thing about the Internet that you admire?
  60. Write about the things that help you comfort yourself in cold weather.
  61. Write about the things that help you comfort yourself in hot weather.
  62. What is something that you can easily do today that people 30 years ago couldn't?

Read more: 101 Gratitude Journal Prompts for Building a Grateful Life Every Day

You can try out our Gratitude app to begin gratitude journaling with the help of guided challenges and prompts.

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Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

  1. What makes you feel calm?
  2. What makes you feel in control?
  3. What makes you feel powerful?
  4. How do you encourage yourself when you're trying something new?
  5. How do you stay focused and steer clear of distractions?
  6. How do you savor the time you get alone?
  7. How do you swap envy for joy when other people accomplish things?
  8. How do you set boundaries and avoid absorbing someone else's emotions and stress?
  9. How do you trust yourself to make big decisions?
  10. How do you forgive yourself when you make a mistake?
  11. How do you advocate for yourself?
  12. How do you make the time you spend with people more intentional?
  13. What new opportunities have come out of the challenges you’ve faced?
  14. How do you embrace your authentic self, even if it looks different from what others expect?
  15. How do you remind yourself that you're enough?
  16. How do you calm your nerves in a difficult situation?
  17. When do you feel happiest in your skin?
  18. If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the one thing and the one person you would choose to have with you and why?
  19. If you could relive an experience in your life, what would it be?
  20. What does growing older mean to you?
  21. How do you handle a bad day?
  22. Are you a city, a country, or a beach person?
  23. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How has it shaped your life?
  24. What are your top life hacks?
  25. If you had a theme song, what would it be?
  26. How does it feel to be the age you currently are?
  27. Write about a book, movie, or song that has made a huge impact on you.
  28. What is your earliest childhood memory?
  29. What do you wish others knew about you?
  30. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Continue reading: 70+ Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

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90+ Journal Prompts for Mental Health
Aarushi Tewari

Aarushi Tewari

The writer and affirmations speaker at Gratitude, Aarushi believes that one of the most effective ways of feeling inner peace is by being grateful and having a loving self-relationship.

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