Winter is well and truly here and the chilly weather has brought with it those dreaded winter blues.  There have been a lot of clients presenting here with sleep problems, pelvic aches and pains, angry outbursts and school refusal for the kids.  This has resulted in general feelings of lethargy and the dreaded “I-don’t-want-to-do-it-itis”.  (yes it is a real condition 🙂 )

The colder weather and grey skies can be a real downer for a lot of us but, a great way to uplift and inspire yourself is to start a journal.  Journalling is an effective stress management tool for all ages providing insight and motivation, shining a spotlight on any patterns in thoughts and behaviours.

Try and journal daily.  You can write, draw, use point form, doodle or write in length, whatever suits you at the time.  The idea is to get those thoughts out of your head and onto the paper.  Once released to the paper, our written thoughts take on a different energy and meaning, turning into actions and goals, self-awareness, insight and inspiration.  No longer swirling aimlessly in our heads creating stress, anxiety and confusion.

I have written about the benefits of journalling before (click on the following link 30 Reasons Why You Should Journal) but please see below for a comprehensive list of journaling prompts to help inspire and motivate to get you started.

Happy writing X

35 Journal Writing Prompts
(most of these answers can be written or drawn)
Hint:  Put the date and time on the top of the page so you can track any patterns that may emerge over the weeks and months.  eg:  You might see that every Tuesday you are feeling particularly “out of sorts” or every Wednesday night you or your child are having nightmares.  Journaling can help you track these patterns and provide clues as to why they occur.

  1. I really hate it when………..
  2. I’m happiest when………
  3. I am proud of myself for………..
  4. My biggest wish is………..
  5. My biggest fear is…….
  6. If I could change one thing in my life it would be………
  7. The thing I like most about myself is………….
  8. Today I am thankful for……
  9. The three things I couldn’t live without are……..
  10. If I had one day when I could do anything at all, I would…………
  11. If I could invent a rule that people HAD to obey, it would be………
  12. If I was an animal I would be a………..
  13. If I had a super-power I would want it to be………..
  14. If I had a time machine I would…….
  15. The best gift I ever got was………
  16. When I am old I will………..
  17. The one thing I will never, ever do is…….
  18. I think everyone should…….
  19. The problem with being me is that……
  20. If I had $1million I would……
  21. If I were on TV I would tell everyone………
  22. If I had to go live on a desert island, I would take………
  23. Last night I dreamt about…………
  24. The number I keep seeing today/this week is………
  25. The colour I keep seeing today/this week is……….
  26. Today I feel………..
  27. What goals do I have for the next week, month, 3 months etc………
  28. I am good at………
  29. I feel stressed when……….
  30. Draw a picture of how you feel.
  31.  If I had three wishes I would wish for…………..
  32. “I am”………….
  33. Something I am looking forward to is………….
  34. Write a letter to your future self.
  35. Draw your own Mandala.

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