Journal Prompts

45 Prompts For Journaling For Mental Health

There’s something about writing that appeals to me. When you write your thoughts down on paper, you have to slow down your mind to consider what to write.

Journaling for mental health is one of several options for dealing with depression, anxiety, the baby blues, and other common symptoms.

It’s fine to set aside some time for your mental health and utilize diary prompts or questions to help you produce ideas and dig deeper into yourself to find the source of your mental health problems.

However, coming up with questions to start the creative process for journaling is difficult!

Thankfully, I’ve compiled a list of 45 questions to assist you delve deeper into the mental health concerns you’d like to address by blogging your thoughts!

Journaling For Mental Health

We, as humans, have a tendency to stuff down and repress our emotions in order to go about our daily lives.

Many times, we continue to disregard our internal emotional anguish because it is hard to consider.  But repression can only last so long.

“The body maintains the score,” according to a saying (and a book). When we talk about the score, we’re talking about emotional trauma we’ve experienced and the need to continually repress it.

Those suppressed sensations will only worsen over time, resulting in more serious health signs and symptoms such as sadness, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.

To put it another way, you can only bury emotional pain and trauma for so long! Journaling is a beneficial approach to improve your mental health and reduce the amount of trauma you may be repressing.

While more research into the effects and advantages of journaling on mental health is needed, one study revealed encouraging findings.

The effects of positive affect journaling (PAJ) on 70 people with heightened symptoms of sadness and anxiety were studied for 12 weeks by Pennsylvania State University.

Journaling everyday for 12 weeks resulted in “reduced mental distress and greater well-being,” according to the research.

Individuals with mental health disorders should incorporate journaling into their daily self-care regimen, according to the study.

So, what do you have to lose? Let’s get started on working through mental health concerns by journaling with these 45 thought-provoking questions and prompts!

Prompts For Journaling And Mental Health

~What is the state of my mental health right now?

~Has my mental health improved or worse since the beginning of the year?

~What am I currently doing to better my mental health?

~On a scale of one to ten, how serious is my mental health? (With one being no symptoms and ten being the most).

~What childhood traumas have had an impact on my current mental health?

~What mental health symptoms do I have the greatest trouble with?

~When I first noticed I had mental health concerns, how old was I?

~What has changed in my mental health over time?

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~What medical treatments have I tried that have had a good impact on my mental health?

~Is therapy or counseling going to help me with my present mental health issues?

~What natural remedies may I use to help alleviate my symptoms? (You may need to look into natural solutions for your illness.)

~What lifestyle adjustments have I made to improve my mental health?

~What are some of my everyday habits or rituals that make me happy?

~Describe how you start your day with your mental health.

~Describe your nighttime mental health routine.

~What are some things you wish people knew about folks who are dealing with mental illness?

~Name one thing you’d like your loved ones to know about how to aid you if you’re having mental health issues.

~What do you believe is the most common misunderstanding concerning mental health?

~What effect does stress have on my mental health?

~How has stress affected the rest of my life?

~What stress-relieving techniques have you yet to try?

~What has been your anxiety experience?

~Is worry interfering with my day-to-day activities? What do you mean by that?

~What do I do on a daily basis to reduce my anxiety?

~Make a list of the things that make you anxious.

~Is there a point at which I’ve “given up” on helping my anxiety?

~I’m not sure who I can talk to about my anxiousness. Why?

~Do I show signs of depression? Which ones have the most impact on me?

~Have you been given a diagnosis of depression?

~What is the current intensity of my depression? The scale runs from one to ten, with one indicating no depression and ten indicating severe depression.

~What are some of the things that aggravate my depression?

~Make a list of five things for which you are grateful in your life.

~What are my plans for incorporating journaling into my daily mental health routine?

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~Is it beneficial for you to write on specific topics?

~Write a poem or a short narrative about your mental health difficulties.

~How have I been feeling since I awoke this morning?

~What is something that has recently made me happy?

~Is there anything that has made me sad recently?

~Is there anything new that I’ve tried recently?

~Who are the people in my life for whom I am grateful, and why?

~Is it true that spending time alone makes my mental health worse or better?

~Do I reach out to enough individuals to talk about my problems? What’s to stop you?

~What can I do to show myself that I am loved by myself?

~What can I do RIGHT NOW to keep a pleasant attitude throughout the day?

~What are some more aspects of my life for which I am grateful, and why?


There’s always room for more questions to encourage your creativity, whether you’ve just started journaling for mental health or have already included it into your daily self-care practice.

Don’t worry if some of the questions are tough to respond to right immediately or if you have trouble addressing them.

It doesn’t matter when you journal; what matters is that you do it every day! When faced with a difficult question, you may not be able to respond immediately.

Place your journal aside and attempt to recall the question during the day in order to give it additional thought. Then, before going to bed, you journal. Every subject does not have to be conquered right immediately!

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Works Cited

Journaling For Mental Health: 45 Prompts You Need – Pitter Patter of Baby Feet

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