80 Self-Discovery Journal Prompts To Help You Find Yourself

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You don’t have to wait for a big life event such as a birthday or a life crisis to explore your personality and discover more about yourself.

Journaling is a great form of self-expression and a very powerful way to work through feelings, fears and thoughts. Using a journal has been suggested by many healthcare professionals for its therapeutic properties. Through regular journaling, you are able to grow a deeper connection with yourself and how you react to everything happening around you.

Journal prompts are an essential part of journal writing. They provide quick sources of inspiration on what to write about and are particularly helpful when you are struggling with journal entries. The best way to get to know yourself the same way that you get to know others is to ask important, meaningful questions.

Here are 31 journal prompts that promote self-discovery that will help you to find yourself:

  1. What distractions hinder your productivity and how can you reduce them?
  2. What does happiness mean to you?
  3. What do you need more of in your life?
  4. What are 10 things that you love about yourself?
  5. If you couldn’t fail, what would you be doing?
  6. How can you take better care of yourself?
  7. What does your dream look like? Describe it in detail.
  8. What is your greatest strength?
  9. What do you look for in a close friend?
  10. How do you draw strength from loved ones?
  11. What are your strengths in all kinds of relationships?
  12. What does love mean to you?
  13. How can you better support and appreciate your loved ones?
  14. What three ordinary things bring you joy?
  15. What aspects of your life are you most grateful for?
  16. What helps you stay focused and motivated when you feel discouraged?
  17. How do you make time for yourself each day?
  18. Which emotions do you find hardest to accept? How do you handle these emotions?
  19. What do you fear most? Have your fears changed as you have got older?
  20. What is your biggest insecurity?
  21. What is one thing that you did outside your comfort zone that made you proud of yourself?
  22. Describe one change you can make that will reduce your overall stress.
  23. What’s one tiny habit you would like to add to your life?
  24. What are 3 short-term goals you want to work towards?
  25. What does success mean to you?
  26. What makes you feel calm?
  27. What makes you feel in control?
  28. How do you notice when you’re near burn-out? How do you avoid it?
  29. How do you calm your nerves in a difficult situation?
  30. What is something you have always wanted to do?
  31. Who are your role models? What is it about them you admire?
  32. Write a letter for yourself in 5 years time
  33. What kind of impression do you tend to leave on people in a work setting?
  34. Describe your perfect job role and be honest
  35. Does the work you do right now allow you to build on your strengths?
  36. What was your first job and how have you grown since then?
  37. Within the next year, how can you improve in your career?
  38. How are you feeling today?
  39. Complete this sentence, I am courageous because I ___
  40. How do you tend to handle upsetting or uncertain situations?
  41. When you are in a bad mood, what can make your day and mood better?
  42. Describe a life event that changed you for the better
  43. What is going right in your life right now?
  44. What would a perfect day look like for you?
  45. Describe an occasion when someone was kind to you and you didn’t expect it
  46. List 5 good things that has happened to you this week
  47. Do you get enough sleep? Do you usually wake up feeling refreshed?
  48. Write a letter to your body, could be to congratulate, apologise. Then read it and is it kind?
  49. Do you regularly take breaks, how do you look after yourself?
  50. How often do you visit your doctors, dentists? Do you neglect them? If so, why?
  51. What is your longest standing healthy habit?
  52. How do you feel about your body?
  53. What do you want to do with your free time today?
  54. What are you most grateful for at the moment?
  55. What worries you the most at the moment?
  56. What are you going to do today to take care of yourself?
  57. Were you a happy child?
  58. What is one life lesson you’ve learned?
  59. Write one thing you have not been able to let go of?
  60. How do you make decisions? With your heart or logically?
  61. What do you do on a bad day to cheer yourself up?
  62. How do you deal with anger or upset?
  63. Do you have any future plans you are excited about?
  64. What can make you lose track of time?
  65. Finish this sentence, my life wouldn’t be complete without ____
  66. What is the skill you have that came as a surprise to others?
  67. What makes you unique?
  68. Write about a moment you feel brave
  69. Think about the last time you solved a problem, how did you do it?
  70. What are the qualities you value in the people around you?
  71. Who do you miss at the moment?
  72. What are your feelings towards your parents?
  73. Are you comfortable with being alone in your own company?
  74. How do you describe your current relationship status?
  75. Do you believe in love at first sight? Why?
  76. How would you like to be remembered?
  77. Who do you want to be?
  78. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  79. What do you think would make the world a better place?
  80. If you could remove one thing from this world what would it be and why?

A person holding a pencil on a lined notebook. Next to the notebook on the table is a pair of glasses and a mug of hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows on the top

Journaling provides you with some many benefits to your mental and physical health. It is often recommended by healthcare professionals to help deal with trauma and much more. If you haven’t journaled before using journal prompts are a great way to get you started and practising the habit.

Benefits of practising journaling regularly:

  1. Provide you with time to reflect on your thoughts and feelings about situations
  2. Helps to improve your memory
  3. Can improve your mental health
  4. Improves your writing skills
  5. Helps to reduce blood pressure
  6. Helps to combat stress and anxiety

Starting to use these journal prompts can help you reflect on where you have come and to inspire and motivate you in your future.

Have you ever used journal prompts? I’d love to hear in the comments.

46 thoughts on “80 Self-Discovery Journal Prompts To Help You Find Yourself

  1. I would love to journal but I struggle with doing it consistently. It’s a goal for this year because I think it could help. Thank you for sharing! Knowing it was such a positive experience makes me want to seriously give this a go! 🙂

    Fran x

    1. It really is therapeutic isn’t it? I hope you continue to enjoy journaling. This challenge, however sometimes a bit anxious to do, was so beneficial! Thank you for reading and commenting Jenny ❤️

  2. I really love this idea! I also really enjoy journalling and find it is great for anxiety and putting my worries onto paper. I think a challenge like this would be a fantastic way to reflect and get clarity. It’s great that each day has a different prompt, it seems like a good way to really get thinking and to get into the habit of writing everyday. Thank you for sharing Lauren, I’m glad you found the challenge a positive experience and you got a lot from it. I’ll have to give it a go myself sometime 🙂 <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

      1. It sounds great! Will definitely have to try it 🙂 My anxiety is much better now thanks lovely, I had some counselling last year and it really helped me <3 xxx

  3. That’s great! It’s an amazing, not to mention relaxing exercise. I started my self discovery journey a few years ago while writing my travel journal. Blogging has been helping a lot too. Wishing you all the best.

  4. That’s a brilliant idea not to mention therapeutic, as you said. I write travel journals and this has been helping a lot in my self-discovery journey. While writing I am able to identify my issues, my struggles, what makes me happy, the same applies to blog. In fact, it was while I was writing my travel journal in Indonesia that I came up with the idea of creating a blog. I can relate to your anxiety. I’m not young but do worry about my future as I’m not happy with my career and need a life change. I wish you all the best, xxx

  5. I saw this on Ruth’s blog too. I thought at the time that I should try the challenge but, guess what, I still haven’t 🙁 It sounds like such a therapeutic thing to do, I must try and make tine for it – thank you for the reminder! Xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Yeah it’s definitely a great way to get into journaling too if you don’t usually. Let me know how you get on if you do try it. Thank you for reading and commenting xx

  6. This looks great, I really want to start journaling to help with my mental health as I find writing is the best way to express my thoughts. I too get anxious about the future so maybe this would help!

  7. I remember seeing Ruth post about this and I had planned to give it a try but then totally forgot. This is my reminder to give this challenge a try. I have always enjoyed journalling but haven’t dont it a long time.

  8. I have not done the challenge, but I have done journaling. I have a tendency to start things and not finish it. Do you have any tips regarding journaling?

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