As you know, this blog is all about the promotion of mental health and Psychology. A great way to improve your mental health is through journaling. Journaling is a therapeutic tool commonly used by clinicians with clients and is a vital tool for self-reflection and self development.
Journaling can help heal emotional wounds, provide a space for your dreams and ideas to grow, give clarity to your thinking, provide insights into your actions and reactions, create a space that is free from judgement and criticism, deepen your self-knowledge, increase creative thinking skills, and help with goal setting.
Self-reflection can be tricky at times and it's easy to get stuck on areas to reflect on!
The following are some prompts to get you started on your journey of self-reflection. This is by no means an exhaustive list and I'd love to hear your suggestions for self-reflection in the comment box below!
1. On a scale of 1-10 today my mental health is at a …. because …
2. List 10 things that you can turn to, to uplift you in a mental health crisis.
3. Self awareness: what are signs that your mental health is declining?
4. Write a letter to your inner critic setting boundaries
5. "10 things I'm grateful for today are…"
6. List 5 things you want yourself to remember when times get tough.
7. What is your most treasured possession and why?
8. Reflect on one of the greatest life lessons you have learned.
9. How have you changed from the person you were 5 years ago.
10. Write a gratitude list
11. What are your top 5 values in life? Once you have listed these values, reflect on whether you are living in line with them.
12. Write your bucket list
13. Reflect on what you need right now.
14. What can you do to focus more on your own well-being and live a balanced life?