Journaling is a fun and mentally productive activity that promotes mental wellness. Some benefits of journaling include enhancing self-reflection, acknowledging your emotions, coping with past events, increasing self-awareness for mental wellness, reducing stress and managing thoughts. Writing can also be a very fun exercise to ignite creativity and personal thoughts. Here are some prompts that can help put yourself in a good mood. Reminisce on good memories and think more positively about life:

  • What Are 3 Things/People You Are Grateful For?

  • What Is Your Biggest Accomplishment?

  • Who Is A Person That Inspires You?

  • What Is Something New You Learned Today?

  • What Is A Hobby You Enjoy?

  • Reminisce On A Memory That Makes You Happy

  • Describe One Of Your Favorite Traits About Yourself

  • Write About A Compliment You Received

  • Describe What Is Going Good In Your Life Right Now

  • Write A Thank-You Letter To Someone¬†

Here are some deeper, more thought-provoking prompts that can help you mentally and emotionally. Writing is easier said than done, especially if you want to write about a topic that evokes heavy emotions. You might be reluctant to confront something about yourself or revisit a bad memory or experience. These prompts may be difficult, but sometimes it is good to get things out of your mind and organize your thoughts:

  • What Is A Challenge You Want To Overcome?

  • Describe A Long-Term Goal You Have?

  • What Is A Great Life Lesson You Learned?

  • When Was The Last Time You Smiled?

  • Where You See Yourself In 5 or 10 or 15 Years?

  • What Are You Holding Onto That You Need To Let Go Of?

  • What Are Some Words That You Live By?

  • How You Would Describe Yourself To A Stranger?

  • What Keeps You Awake At Night?

  • What Is Something You Regret?

While the previous prompts are serious, here are some more prompts that are more comical and hopefully will elevate your mood after a stressful day. Have fun with them and don’t take yourself too seriously when writing with these prompts in mind:

  • If you were a superhero, what would your name be and what superpowers would you have?

  • What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

  • If you could rewatch any movie again for the first time, what movie would it be and why?

  • Imagine being an alien visiting Earth for the first time, what would be your first impressions?

  • If you could be any bug for a day, what bug would you want to be and why?

  • What is your favorite scent?

  • Are you an early bird or a night owl?

  • If you could eat any food for the rest of your life, what would you want to eat and why?

  • What is your favorite genre of music?

  • If you could swap bodies with anybody for a day, who would you pick and why?

  • If you could meet anybody, dead or alive, who would you want to meet and why?

Feel free to pick and choose some prompts from each category. You can go out of your comfort zone in the comfort of your bed, living room, or anywhere you have space. Whenever and wherever you want to write, I suggest you do it alone and minimize distractions. These prompts provide a lot of self-reflection and may help you let go of anything holding you back. They may also give you self-awareness for mental wellness. You might learn something about yourself.

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Isabella Sanz

Author Isabella Sanz

Intern for Mind-1-1

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