The Best Self-care Journal Prompts For Resting And Recharging
Self-care has become a crucial part of my everyday routine over the last year. With my anxiety skyrocketing and stress being a close acquaintance, I knew I needed to do something to rest and recharge often. It’s funny because so often self-care is looked at as bubble baths and watching your favourite shows but it’s so much more – it’s actual work! Nowadays I make an effort to journal every night before bed. I consider this my self-care time. It’s a time to reflect, dissect my feelings, and remind myself how proud I am of myself.
Because journaling has become such a big part of my life and self-care is something I practice daily instead of weekly or monthly, I just had to share some journal prompts with you.
If you want to practice more self-care in the form of journaling (and especially want to rest and recharge while doing it) you are in the right place. Let’s jump into the self-care journal prompts.
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Journaling and self-care
Before we go any further let’s look at the definition of self-care. Self-care is defined as taking an active role in protecting your well-being and happiness.
Every human on this planet is going to look at that definition and think of something different. For some people taking an active role in protecting their well-being would be exercise, nutrition, therapy, and so on. For others it might look like time outside, cuddling with pets, or spending time with family.
I really don’t think there is any wrong way of practicing self-care. On the other hand, using drugs or alcohol would not be suggested because those things aren’t protecting your well-being even though they may seem as a way to “relax and unwind” sometimes. It’s still just a way to cope so keep that in mind.
When it comes to journaling, I think it falls in between the category of “casual” self-care and therapy. It’s a form of self-therapy in my opinion.
Journaling has many benefits to your mental health and even physical health.
Read my blog post about starting a journaling practice for more information.
Just a quick Coles Notes version of journaling benefits…
- Manages anxiety
- Reduce stress
- Work through feelings of depression, fear, worry, etc
- Helps with emotional regulation
- It’s a healthy outlet for anger
- Can help you get a better sleep
- Releases tension in the body
- Identify patterns and triggers
There are many more benefits and as you can imagine, your overall health would benefit greatly from the more mental and emotional benefits listed above.
So where does self-care come into play?
Taking care of your well-being and trying to be a happier person will come a bit more naturally when you are taking care of your mental health. If you are less stressed and anxious, you will be a little happier. If you can let out your anger in a healthy way, you will be a healthier, happier person.
It’s all connected. I believe deeply in holistic health and wellness so as I mentioned before, journaling is a daily practice for me.
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Creating a self-care journaling routine
Just briefly, let’s touch on my self-care journaling routine and how you can create your own.
Like any routine, it wasn’t just created overnight with no issues. It took time to get consistent and to fully enjoy it. When I was just starting with journaling I knew I wanted to do it before bed. Step one to your routine is figuring out when you want to journal (morning, night, at lunch, etc.).
Once you know WHEN you’ll journal, decide WHERE you’ll journal.
I like to journal in bed (obviously since I do it right before bed). I find getting warm, cozy, and relaxed sets me up for the best journaling experience. Plus, I think since it’s my self-care time I should be making that time special.
So I suggest making your journaling routine special in some way. Here are some ideas.
- Light a candle that is only for journaling time
- Get in some cozy clothes
- Set the mood with dimmable lights
- Use a fancy notebook you otherwise would never use
- Get colorful pens, highlighters, markers, or whatever else you’d like
- Have a treat while you journal
- Set up a cozy nook somewhere in your house for journal time
- Listen to your favourite songs
- Turn on cozy ambiance (my favourite is Coffee Shop Ambience on YouTube)
Doing any new habit can be hard but if you make the process of doing the habit enjoyable it will be much easier. Believe it or not, self-care is a habit. Even though a lot of self-care activities are fun it’s still something that needs to be done often and consistently which is hard! So make it fun!
Self-care journal prompts
Now that you’re ready to start journaling as a form of self-care, you might be wondering what you write about. I got you! Here are some self-care journal ideas.
- What makes you feel well-rested?
- How does your body feel right now?
- When was the last time you felt at peace?
- What do you think of when you think about self-care?
- Write about something comforting
- What drains you?
- How do you like to recharge after a long day?
- What fills your cup?
- Where do you feel the happiest?
- How does your body feel at home? (rested, relaxed, anxious, stressed, etc.)
- What are 5 things you are grateful for this week?
- Write about something you are proud of
- Write a letter to your future self (how you feel, what you’re doing, etc.)
- Have you been taking on too much lately?
- How does your daily routine encourage self-care time? If it doesn’t, why not?
- Write a description of a serene location that is “picture perfect” to you
- What are you looking forward to in the next month?
- What does mindfulness mean to you?
- When something doesn’t go your way, what can you remind yourself?
- What is your favourite way to move your body?
- What activity makes you feel the most relaxed?
- Describe your perfect morning
- List 5 goals you hope to achieve in the next few years
- How have you been feeling the past week? (mood, health, mindset, etc.)
- What are your top 3 values?
- Write about the perfect weekend getaway
- What are your hobbies? Why do you like them?
- How do you currently take care of yourself? What could you improve?
- Do you have a comfort movie? Why is it a comfort movie?
- Write about a time you felt overwhelmed but you worked through it
Guided journals for self-care and life improvement
If writing in a basic journal on your own isn’t something you really want to do you could always try guided journals.
Guided journals are generally journals that already have pages printed with questions, prompts, trackers, or an array of other things in them. You just open up the journal and you can fill it out. Some of these guided journals might allow for more writing space than others. You can have a look at these guided journals and see what would fit you and your lifestyle best.
Not all of these journals are 100% about self-care but remember, the act of journaling is in itself self-care. So find a journal that intrigues you.
I like this one because it is a morning and night journal. The idea is you would put aside a few minutes every morning and night to fill in the pages. It’s a good place to start for newbies or someone who doesn’t have a lot of time.
Soul Therapy: A 365 day journal for self exploration, healing and reflection
For my girlys who like journal prompts but want them already printed for you in the journal. This is full of journal prompts with lots of writing space under each one.
For the witches of the world (or someone who likes magic, witchy things, and manifesting). I think this is such a fun journal. It’s full of journal prompts, short activities, inspiring quotes, and little tidbits about magic and witches. Such a fun guided journal!
I love a good morning journal. This one helps you set yourself up to have the best day. It would take you literally two minutes to write down a few things and set your intentions for the day. Journals like this really help you with positivity and staying on track.
For someone who needs some extra motivation and inspiration in life. I love the bright colors and fun fonts in this journal. It has some daily activities and informational content. I like how you can learn something from the journal while also journaling.
A mixture of journal and planner. I love Clever Fox planners – I have used one for a couple of years now. They have a ton of options but their self-care journal is a unique one. It has pages to plan out your self-care routine, a self-care bucket list, and then pages for your daily to-do list with spots for self-care as well.
Shadow work has been increasing in popularity lately – I am definitely not an expert in it but the amount of people I have heard talking about it has given me so basic knowledge. This journal would be a great option for someone wanting to focus on self-love and also wanting to write in a journal as there are lots of journal prompts.
Self-care is so important and everyone should be making an effort to practice it daily. Whether you write in a guided journal for two minutes, write in your own journal for 30 minutes, or do an array of other activities like exercise, getting outside, talking to a therapist, and so on.
Self-care looks different for everyone but one thing is the same – when you take the time to care for yourself on a regular basis there are great benefits for your body and mind.
If you like to journal or you are trying to start a journaling practice, I hope these journal prompts have been helpful. I would suggest writing them on the top of your journal page, maybe give yourself one to two pages for each. You can write them ahead of time so you don’t have to constantly refer to this post.
Just remember that anything new might feel a little weird at first and that’s okay. No one starts out as a master journaler on the first try. It takes time to get consistent – it’s all part of your journey.
As always, thank you for reading and supporting my blog. You can do amazing things, I just know it! Keep working hard. I believe in you.
What journal prompt will you start with?
Until next time,