Journaling is one of the most preferred ways to instantly feel better when going through bad mental health.
This journal prompts for mental health will help get you started if you are new to journaling.
I find it very convenient and helpful to write down everything on paper – it makes you feel like your head is being cleared and you can instantly start to focus on things again.
Here are the 99 Journal Prompts for Anxiety and Depression. You can use these when you feel stressed out and depressed and decide when you need to take action.
What is journaling?
The basic idea is pretty simple:
Step 1. Treat yourself as a notebook.
Step 2. Write down everything coming into your head (using these journal prompts for depression for guidance will help you cope with depression and stress)!
Advantages of journaling for depression
• Decreases anxiety, depression, and various mental health issues.
• You get to explore yourself better
• Gives sense of clarity
• Creates self worth
• Helps you get organized and see problems in different aspect
• Puts things into better perspective
• Improves your relationships
Journal Prompts for Anxiety and Depression
1. Write down 3 things you achieved today.
2. Write 3 things you are thankful for.
3. When were you last not depressed? What is different in your life then and now?
4. Write about the happiest time in your life.
5. What are the 3 new hobbies you would like to try?
6. What is a part of yourself you are unhappy with – how can you work on improving this?
7. What is a goal you are working towards?
8. What are you doing to work towards that goal?
9. Name 1 event that troubles you and you want to work on letting go of.
What area of your life are you most unhappy with? (friends, career, relationship, financial)
10. How can you start making changes to improve this area?
11. When is the last time you did something nice for yourself?
12. What are your interests?
13. Talk about a time you helped someone.
14. Talk about a time you helped a stranger.
15. What is something that you are looking forward to?
16. What is something you can plan, so you will look forward to it?
17. What is 1 habit you would like to stop?
18. What is 1 habit you would like to start?
19. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
20. How can you make more time for those interests?
21. How would your perfect life look?
22. Who is someone who is negative and you would like to spend less time with?
23. Who are people that have a positive effect on your life and you would like to spend more time with?
24. Who inspires you?
25. What is your favorite uplifting song?
26. Name something you need to forgive your younger self for.
27. What motivates you?
28. What is 1 self-care idea you are going to do for yourself every day?
29. What is 1 way in which you can reward yourself when you accomplish something
30. Where do you want to be in 10 years’ time.
31. How do you think your life would be different if you were not depressed?
32. What are your favorite techniques to de-stress yourself?
33. Name 3 techniques you can try next time you feel depressed.
34. What are your favorite things to do when you feel depressed?
35. Write about your values and morals.
36. Is there any way you could change your life to live more in line with those morals?
37. What are 5 things in your life you are thankful for?
38. How would your best friend describe you?
39. What is your perfect career?
40. Do you have any secret quirky talents?
41. How can you make changes in your life to achieve this?
42. What have you learned through having depression?
43. Who can you talk to about your depression?
44. Make a list of 3 Mental Health books you would like to read this year.
45. What are 3 Mental Health apps you want to try?
46. Make a list of 10 TED talks for mental health that you would like to watch.
47. How would you describe depression to someone who hasn’t experienced it?
48. Which of these depression quotes resonated most with you?
49. Do you think that people should talk more about their Mental Health?
50. Do you think that depression can be overcome?
51. What would you say to a friend who is suffering from depression?
52. What are things that trigger your depression?
53. How can you minimize or avoid these triggers?
54. What is 1 change you can make in your life to avoid depression in the future?
55. Today, I am thankful for…..
56. My favorite accomplishment it….
57. I am anxious when….
58. I felt sad when….
59. What is one thing I wish I could change…
60. My happiest memory is…
61. What’s been bugging me lately?
62. Make a list of 15 things you love about yourself…
63. My favorite body part is…
64. One way I could love myself more is….
65. My Childhood hero was _ and I am similar to them in these ways.
66. What is your best quality?
67. Write a letter to one of your parents. (You do not have to give it to them.)
68. Make a list of 10 quotes that inspire you
69. Make a list of 20 things you are grateful for.
70. What is one way your depression or anxiety has held you back this week? What could you do to change that?
71. Write yourself a letter forgiving you for something that has happened in your past.
72. Create a Brainstorm list of activities to reduce your stress and anxiety. Make a plan to add at least 3 activities to your schedule this week.
73. Write a letter to your younger self. What advice can you give them to better navigate their mental health?
74. The last time I felt this way, I…
75. What is one thing you wish you had said no to? Why didn’t you? What impact did it have on your experience?
76. Write a review about your favorite book or movie and why it resonates with you so deeply.
77. Make a schedule for your perfect day. Take one of these things and do it sometime this week.
78. What is something I need to let go of? Why am I holding onto it?
79. Describe your ideal bedroom. The way it looks, the smell, the feel of the sheets, comfort, and overall atmosphere there.
80. What does self-care mean to you? How do practice this in your daily life?
81. Write down three things that cause you anxiety. Brainstorm 1–2 ways you can combat these triggers when they come up.
82. What are 3 things about yourself you wish others knew? How could you share these things with others more?
83. Choose an Inspiration word for the week. What does it mean to you? And how can you live your life this week with that word in mind?
84. Make a list of 17 accomplishments you’ve made that you are proud of.
85. What is holding me back from going after the life I want?
86. What are 5 things that make me undeniably happy?
87. What are three of my strongest personality traits?
88. If I had a million dollars this is what I would spend it on…and why…
89. What are my top 10 priorities in life?
90. Who inspires me and why?
91. If I could have lunch with anyone it would be _ because…
92. If I could have any superpower in the world it would be___because…
93. 5 things I love about myself are…
94. 3 things I want to practice more of this year are…
95. Write out exactly where you hope to be in January 2021
96. A letter to my younger self …
97. My ideal job would be because …
98. Top 10 places I wish to travel to this year and why…
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