25 Journal Prompts To Boost Your Mental Health And Self Love

On a brown wooden table there is a tea cup and a grey journal and a pen. The tea cup is white with black lines and dots on it. The grey journal has white lettering and then pen is resting on top of the journal. Behind the table is a small stool with light brown wooden legs and a white fluffy seat, next to a plant.

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Journalling is a big tool for improving mental health. Journalling is a way you can speak kinder to yourself. The practise of journalling can better your self esteem, improves you mood, depression and anxiety. 

Using journal prompts aimed at building up your self love and confidence. You can use one prompt a day to help you write everyday or just on days that you want for guided journalling. Having a self care routine is important in taking care and nourishing your mind body and soul. Writing in a journal has been proving to be an effective form of self care and should be added to your self care routine. 

I have been keeping journals and diaries since I was a young child, I loved writing down my thoughts and expressing myself. I have read back through some of them and reflecting on how I have grown and they bring back fond memories. I have found using journal prompts in my journalling routine are really helpful at exploring topics I wouldn’t usually, being able to discover new thoughts and feelings can be very enlightening.

What is self love?

Self love is defined as love of self or a regard for one’s advantage or happiness. Self love means having a high regard for your own wellbeing. Taking care of your needs and not sacrificing your wellbeing to please others.

What is journalling?

Journalling involved the practise of keeping a diary or a journal. It is where you can write down and explore your thoughts and feelings so that you can understand them more clearly. If you struggle with stress, anxiety and depression keeping a journal is a great tool. Journalling can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health. All you need is a notebook and a pen.

Here are 25 journal prompts to help you boost your self love and mental health:

1. Write 10 positive affirmations?

2. What are 4 things you have done that make you proud?

3. What are 3 good habits you want to start next month?

4. What is one goal you want to achieve this year?

5. What are 10 things that make you the happiest?

6. Write 10 things you want to remember when times are difficult

7. List 5 good qualities you have

8. Write a list of what you are grateful for

9. Describe yourself in 10 words

10. I forgive myself for….

11. What do you want for your future?

12. What are 3 toxic habits you want to quit?

13. What is one thing you have always wanted to do?

14. List 5 positive traits you have

15. Write one positive thing that happened today

16. List 25 things that make you smile

17. Who is one of your idols and why?

18. What would make your teenage self proud of you now?

19. How do you feel right now?

20. What are 3 things that make you angry and why?

21. Describe an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident

22. What do you fear the most? Why? Is it a rational fear?

23. What is something you need to forgive yourself for?

24. What makes you feel loved and cared for?

25. What is 5 things you are really good at?

How often do you journal? I’d love to hear in the comments

74 thoughts on “25 Journal Prompts To Boost Your Mental Health And Self Love

  1. Such a good post for right now, Lauren. I do keep a gratitude journal that I try and write in a few times a week and I can see these prompts will be really helpful, thank you for sharing x

  2. I think I would like a journal for Christmas because I’ve been considering starting a gratitude journal. These would be great prompts to write about!

  3. I was recommended to start journaling last week about gratitude. It is great for your mental health to put you in the right mindset and everything. I love all of these different prompts. #10 is really good. Forgiving yourself is so important!! Being able to reflect and thinking positively is always great!! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

  4. This is a great list of journal prompts that will help focus on mental health. I find journaling is very therapeutic and helps with my mental health a ton but adding in prompts like these is sure to help even more.

  5. I love these prompts. Self-love is always important, but especially during these times I think that these tips can come in very useful to those who may have more “down time” to focus on journalling.

  6. I don’t often journal. Every once in a while, I do the infamous scribble for a few days and then abandon the act. But these prompts are wonderful. I think I could use some as blog prompts in the future x

  7. Love these prompts hun!! Self love and our mental health is super important and these are great for self reflection. I’m going to be starting a journal in January and really going to properly make a go of it, bookmarking this for future refresh.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  8. These are great prompts, Lauren! I use a journal to document my failures and victories in law school. And I agree with your statement that it is good for your mental health. Sometimes, there is peace in just processing your thoughts alone – through writing – and without talking with anyone.

    I would love to try any of these. I think I should start with no. 23. 🙂

    – Tina (www.totetallylegal.com)

  9. You’re making me want to get back into regular journaling. I used to take it very seriously and then when the pandemic hit, I lost interest because I felt like my life became much more boring. HOWEVER, I think I should’ve continued because this has turned out to be *quite* the year after all. This post gives me the nudge to return to it!

  10. OMG I love this! Especially ’10. I forgive myself for….’! I’m such a sucker for beating myself up about something and it’s so important to be kind to yourself!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

  11. I will be utilizing these as I’ve come to appreciate prompts more in recent times. I have developed a fairly regular morning, journal routine with an increasing use of selected prompts.

  12. Keeping a journal helped me learn so much about myself I would recommend it any day. It’s not always easy coming up with the right questions to really dig deep enough so it matters – that’s where all the reflection lists floating on the internet come in handy

  13. I love this list of prompts; having a space to answer such thoughts as “Describe yourself in 10 words” and “I forgive myself for….” is a wonderful way to look deeper into the things we do not like about ourselves and why. I am all ready to tell myself about the things I am proud of, but am still working on being more confident in sharing my achievements publicly!
    Thanks so much for sharing this. 🙂

  14. This was a great post, thank you for sharing! I’ve only been writing in my gratitude journal which is more about 3 things you’re grateful for, but I would love to start wiring in an actual journal!

  15. This is a fantastic post – very helpful in creating self love through self discovery. The prompts are really helpful. I too used to keep a diary when I was younger – I still do. The difference now is that my journals are all about the promotion of self love, care and understand towards myself, as opposed to negativity and self disgust. I was quite abusive to myself in my diaries and also they were full of sadness. It is not surprising that just before the new year I ripped up volumes and volumes of self torture and released myself of what was holding me back…my own thoughts about myself. I now journal in a very considerate and mindful way. I am my own support first!

    Thank you for your post – I shall be making use of these prompts xx

  16. I love this post ❤️ It’s so well written. Journaling is really a very good tool to keep your mental health in order. I love using it for habit and mood tracking.

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