150 journaling prompts for self-discovery

The proof is in the pudding: journaling can be hugely beneficial for just about every aspect of your life: mental health, improved organization, and even your journey of self-discovery. Just look at the science: Research from Pennsylvania State University found that journaling can increase overall well-being and reduce overall mental distress. What more reason do you need to pick up the pen and access it? With those 150 journaling prompts for self-discoveryyou will not only start to feel better and more at peace, but you may also start to know yourself a little better.

150 journaling prompts for self-discovery

1. Who am I when no one else is around?

2. What are the things (activities or people) that nourish my soul?

3. When do I feel most authentically myself?

4. What was my childhood *really* like and what lessons or habits did I take with me into adulthood?

5. What relationships in my life mean the most to me?

6. What does taking care of me mean?

7. What are the qualities of a friend that I cherish the most?

8. What do my friends and family like about me?

9. How can I improve?

10. What does personal care look like to me?

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11. Where in the world do I feel the most at peace?

12. How could I live my life more authentically as I really want?

13. What does peace mean to me?

14. When do I feel most exhausted?

15. Where can I always turn when I need a dose of reality or good advice?

16. Do I trust myself to make the “right” decisions?

17. What can I do myself to avoid burnout?

18. How do I feel about my past choices?

19. What would “achieving” happiness really look like to me?

20. What would it be like if mental health wasn’t an issue for me?

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21. What can I do to support myself better? Others?

22. How did my childhood shape who I am today?

23. What is one thing I can change in my routine tomorrow to improve?

24. What is one thing I tend to do to get validation from others?

25. What would it be like to “get back” my life?

26. How did where I grew up shape who I am today?

27. What can I do to turn a negative in my life into a positive?

28. What emotions am I clinging to and can’t let go of?

29. In the past, when have I acted out of fear?

30. How important is what other people think?

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31. What is one relationship in my life that I can work on?

32. What are some of the things that tend to cause my mental health to take a negative turn?

33. What can I do to work on my relationship with myself?

34. What does strength look like to me?

35. What is a bad habit that I could afford to give up?

36. What in life challenges me the most?

37. In life, who challenges me the most?

38. What limiting beliefs am I holding on to?

39. What would it be like to let go completely?

40. How has perfectionism bothered me?

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41. What does the “best” version of me look like?

42. Who do I admire the most and why?

43. What can I do today that the future me will thank me for?

44. What is the root of my tendency to procrastinate?

45. In what situations do I most often feel anxious?

46. ​​How did you feel when I experienced failure in the past?

47. What does success look like to me?

48. What can I do to reclaim the idea of ​​failure in my own mind?

49. If I died tomorrow, what would be my biggest regret?

50. How does anxiety affect my life?

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51. What are the things I haven’t done yet that I want? What’s stopping me?

52. What do I need most from myself?

53. What do I need most from the people around me?

54. How can I develop my own awareness?

55. What can I do to be more open-minded?

56. What does a mental block look like?

57. In what areas of my life do I have a mental block?

58. How did my parents shape who I am?

59. What are my core values?

60. What does open-mindedness look like to me?

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61. What three beliefs do I hold most dear?

62. What kind of parent do I want to be?

63. Throughout my life, what has been my most difficult struggle?

64. What do I want to learn?

65. What is one thing that happened in my past that I am still confused about?

66. What does self-discovery mean to me?

67. What are my feelings about death and the afterlife?

68. What is the afterlife like?

69. How has mourning shaped me?

70. Who can I benefit most from learning?

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71. How much time do I spend on social media?

72. What does it feel like when I feel most connected?

73. What is a relationship that no longer serves me?

74. How does it feel to disconnect from the internet?

75. What three negative thoughts do I think about myself?

76. In the past, how have I judged others?

77. In what ways did I criticize myself?

78. How could I change my relationship with food for the better?

79. When was the last time I really kissed my body?

80. What is my visceral reaction in times of crisis?

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81. What is the goal that I have since forgotten and can resume?

82. How do you measure success?

83. How does it feel to be hurt by someone else’s actions or words?

84. Am I keeping secrets that I won’t allow myself to be accepted with?

85. What does setting a goal mean?

86. What is a time when I hurt myself?

87. How can I be more assertive in situations I tend to avoid?

88. What would it be like if I shared my innermost secrets with someone else?

89. When was the most confident time?

90. How to define vulnerability?

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91. What are the things that seem out of reach?

92. What will my ideal life look like in a year? Five? Ten?

93. If I could have a conversation with anyone in the world, who would I want to talk to?

94. How am I feeling right now?

95. What does trust look like?

96. What unrealistic expectations am I still holding myself to?

97. In what ways am I not healed yet?

98. If I could give myself one thing – a quality or a mindset – what would it be?

99. What is my intention for today?

100. What does my dream life look like and what can I do to get there?

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101. Where would I like to go somewhere I’ve never been?

102. What stops me from trying something new?

103. How do my loved ones have a positive impact on me?

104. When do I feel least in control?

105. What is the most beautiful thing I have experienced?

106. How happy am I at work?

107. What can I do tomorrow to live my life to the fullest?

108. What does control mean to me?

109. How can I find peace within myself?

110. What am I trying to get out of life?

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111. What is the hardest thing I have endured?

112. What have I learned from a past trial?

113. What does regret look like?

114. How to define forgiveness?

115. Who have I not yet forgiven and for what?

116. How can I heal from regret?

117. Have I forgiven myself?

118. What can I do to forgive myself?

119. What is one thing I held on to that really isn’t my fault?

120. Who am I to blame for my past struggles or mistakes?

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121. In times when I am mean to myself, what would I say to my child?

122. What would it be like to start over?

123. Today, what did I see, hear and remember?

124. What is the subject that I would like to explore on my own or during a conversation with friends?

125. Right now, am I doing my best?

126. What would I never change about myself?

127. In what ways have I blessed others this week?

128. What impact do I want to leave on the world?

129. If I had the chance to do something again, how would I do it differently?

130. What is it like to have a positive outlook on adversity?

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131. What is a habit I picked up from someone else? Why? Is it really mine?

132. What makes me me?

133. How to define “consciousness”?

134. In what situations do I thrive the most?

135. What takes me out of my comfort zone?

136. What can I do to think outside the box?

137. What haven’t I understood yet?

138. What is the benefit of staying in my comfort zone?

139. What is the benefit of leaving my comfort zone?

140. What haven’t I accepted yet?

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141. How has anxiety ruled my life?

142. What would I like to know about relationships? About the wedding?

143. Who hurt me in the past that I truly forgive?

144. What does empathy look like?

145. What is my love language?

146. How can I more effectively address my own struggles?

147. What is the generational cycle that I would like to break and how can I break it?

148. What can I do to find myself where I am right now?

149. How would I describe myself to someone I just met?

150. How can I meet my own needs?

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