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Best Self Care Journal Prompts in 2022
We all have moments when life feels a little overwhelming, and the pressures of everyday stressors leave us feeling drained. Self-care is an essential part of staying healthy and balanced so that we can function at our best. It’s important to find ways to relieve stress, increase mindfulness, and take care of yourself—not just for your own well-being but also for the sake of your relationships.
Self-discovery and journaling are great ways to promote self-care by encouraging you to be more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions in response to various situations. Whether you struggle with self-care or are looking for new ideas to incorporate it into your life, these self-care journal prompts will help get you there.
216 Journal Prompts for Self Care
What is something nice I can do for someone I care about?
What is one of my favorite ways to spend the day?
What is one small (or big) thing I accomplished recently? How did that make me feel?
What is something I like about weekday mornings and why?
If I could spend more time doing one activity in the new year, what would it be?
What relationships would I like to develop further over the next 6 months?
What am I taking for granted about my day to day that I can be thankful for?
Write about a regret I have that I've learned from.
It's Valentine's Day. Who is someone or what is something I love?
What is one thing that came out of Covid-19 that I want to keep in my life after?
What is my ideal partnership with a spouse/partner/significant other?
What is one fear I'd like to conquer? What first step can I take?
What is one thing I could do to better take care of myself?
What is one of my favourite things to do on a sunny day?
What is something I'm grateful to have today that I didn't have a year ago?
What is the most important thing in my life? Why?
What is something in my life I'm very excited about right now?
What do I want to add to my life in the new year?
Who do I love in my life?
What do I need to leave behind from the past year?
What relationship do I need to work on? How can I start that process?
What is a decision (big or small) I made in my life that I'm really happy with?
How can I give back more in the new year?
What is one thing you enjoy doing in the summer?
What do I consider my greatest personal success?
Are there any problems I'm trying to sort out now?
What is one way I'd like to get out of my comfort zone?
When was the last time I gave a gift to someone? What was it?
What am I grateful for this holiday season?
What is a happy moment I remember from my childhood?
What is one favorite thing about myself?
Who do I need to set boundaries with?
What is one way I can push myself out of my comfort zone in the new year?
What recent event has made me happy?
What would I like to spend my time doing when I retire?
What makes a feeling of home for me is...
Tough times have taught me that...
Is there a gift I'm looking forward to giving someone?
If I had one day left to live, what would I do on that day?
What is one thing I'm most grateful for from the past year?
What would improve my mood right now?
How does my pet make my life better (or worse)?
What is my favorite holiday tradition? What do I love about it?
The most fun I've ever had...
What makes a place "home" to me?
Who do I spend the most time with? What do we do together?
How do I spend time with the person I'm closest to?
When do I remember feeling appreciated?
What is one thing I could start doing today to improve the quality of my life?
What is something I've done recently that I'm proud of?
What do success mean to me?
What is one favorite thing about my current life?
What does it mean to have a fresh start?
What do I need to forgive myself for? How can I start that process?
What is something that helps keep me healthy?
What is one thing I'd like to say 'yes' to?
What is one of my favorite hobbies and why?
Remember a time when I was happy and write about it.
What is one character trait that I like about myself?
What am I most excited about in the upcoming year?
In what ways can I be healthier in the new year?
What is one of the best compliments I've received? How did that make me feel?
When was the last time I laughed uncontrollably?
Who do I need to forgive in my life? What feelings from the past am I holding onto?
What I value most about my life right now is...
If I had to choose a single word, or theme, to describe the new year, what would it be?
If I could go back and change one decision, what would that be?
What do I find the most challenging about being a parent?
What is something I think is actually "the best thing since sliced bread"?
How is where you are in life today different than a year ago–and what positive changes are you thankful for?
What are deal breakers for me in a relationship?
When do my spouse/partner/significant other and I have the most fun?
What is something I love to do on cold winter nights?
What is one way I'd like to improve my physical health?
How do I usually start my day? Is there anything I want to change about it?
Was there anything in my day that made me happy?
What challenge did I face today as a parent? How did I deal with it?
What is something I can do for myself today?
What is one thing I'm grateful for today?
What is something that cheers me up on a rough day?
If I had one more day off every month, what would I do?
What is one way I can improve my physical health?
Do I play in my daily life? What says "playtime" to me?
What is something that I love doing? Do I do it enough?
What is the best thing that happened today?
What am I grateful for today?
What am I most grateful for?
What made today a good day?
What is something I enjoy doing in the neighborhood that I live in now?
What made me smile today?
What is one good thing that happened to me today?
What is one thing that my child did today that I want to remember?
What was a highlight from this past month?
What is something I loved to do as a child?
What piece of furniture in my home am I grateful to have?
What is one of my key learnings from the past year?
Are there any problems at work I'm trying to sort out now?
What is one new thing I can try in the new year?
What distractions wasted my time?
What is something I can remove from my life to make more time for more of the things I want to do?
Do I hate anyone? If so, why? Could I let that hate go?
Am I comfortable with my current work/life balance? If not, what can I do to improve it?
What is one way that I have fun in my life?
What is one of my favorite things about the holidays?
What is one habit that I'd like to build in the new year?
What is one thing would I miss about my current location if I lived abroad?
What future event am I excited about?
What is something that is limiting me from accomplishing what I want to accomplish?
What is one of my least favorite chores? Reframe my thoughts in a way that makes me feel grateful for it.
If I had to define myself in terms of principles, what would they be?
What is there about a challenge you’re experiencing right now that you can be thankful for?
How can I throw money at this problem? How can I "waste" money to improve the quality of my life?
What am I planning on doing or have done on the first day of the year?
Who has done something this week to help you or make your life easier and how can you thank them?
Do I feel burnt out by work? Why or why not?
Am I dwelling on anything right now?
What is one of my favorite things to do at home?
What do I wish I was more passionate about?
What should I explore next in my home town?
What is one habit I'd like to build and why?
What is a favorite piece of clothing of mine? Why?
What would I do if I won a 20 million lottery?
The skill I would develop if I had the chance is…
Do I think that I'm in the role or on the career path that is best for me?
What is one way I can treat myself without spending money?
What is something I can automate in my life?
What's the worst thing you've ever done?
What is my favorite movie and why?
In what area of my life do I wish I had more autonomy?
Do I often fall behind on sleep, free time, or commitments in my personal life due to work?
What is one thing that I desire for my career?
Is there anything you feel guilty about?
Do I prefer to cook or eat out? Why?
Write about the music you’re thankful to be able to listen to and why.
How would I spend my time if money didn't matter?
What are my 3 biggest distractions right now and how can I reduce them?
What I appreciate most about my body is…
What is the best professional compliment I received?
What would I like to learn more about and why?
What feelings does spring evoke?
What tradition in my life am I grateful to have?
What's my favorite holiday movie and why?
What would I do tomorrow if I had a free day? Describe the day.
What is one of my favorite vacations or trips?
How does my car make my life better?
What does adventure mean to me?
What scent do I enjoy? Why?
When was the last time I tried something totally new?
What causes me stress or anxiety during the holidays? What could I do to make it better?
What could I do to improve my work from home environment to be more efficient and comfortable in the space?
Did I achieve the career goals I set out for myself this past year?
What does the new year mean to me?
What are you looking forward to the most?
What would I like to subtract from my life in the new year?
How many hours would I work a day if I owned my schedule?
What foods would you like to make?
What is something I don't like about my living environment? How could I change it?
What is my opinion on work-life balance? What does that look like to me?
Was there anything in my day that made me excited?
Am I happy with my work from home environment? Why or why not?
What is one of the best pieces of advice that I heard? Who said it?
When was the last time I read a book related to my career? Am I applying any of the learnings?
What is one way I have changed since last year?
What is something I like to do when I'm sick?
What small (or big) win in my work can I celebrate today?
What is one thing that I accomplished today?
What advice would I give myself for tomorrow?
What is one bad thing that happened to me today?
What part of your morning routine are you most thankful for?
If I could change one thing about yesterday, what would it be?
What is my ideal way of spending a rainy afternoon?
What's the first thought that came into my mind this morning?
How do I usually start my day? Do I want to change anything about it?
What thoughts did I have today that I wish I didn't have?
What is one recurring problem in my life I can eliminate today?
If I could do anything tomorrow, what would it be?
Was there anything in my day that made me angry?
What is something I'm looking forward to this month?
What is one thing I'd like to do in my city/town that I've never done before?
What is something I enjoy doing in nature?
How will journal writing increase my sense of inner freedom and choice?
What is one lesson I learned from the last book I read?
Is the life that I am living the life I want?
What materialistic items are you most grateful for?
If you had complete financial security and didn't have to work, what would you do?
List five body parts that you’re grateful for and why.
What training and development do I need in my work life?
What is one bad spending habit I can try to eliminate?
What activities and hobbies would you miss if you were unable to do them?
How many months of savings would make me feel comfortable in my financial life?
What is one habit I currently have that I'd like to get rid of in the new year?
What is a possession you own that makes your life easier?
What is one of my favorite comfort foods?
What advice would I give myself from 1 year ago?
What was the most recent book I read? What did I think of it?
What is one thing you enjoy doing in the winter?
What is something fun I'd like to do?
What is a recent purchase that has added value to your life?
What is one of your favorite meals?
What is one physical activity that you enjoy doing? Why?
What are 3 things you’re looking forward to this year?
What is something you’re looking forward to this month?
What are you looking forward to today?
What is one physical thing you own that adds value to your life?
What are 3 things you love about your home?
What gift did you enjoy receiving in the past year?
What is something you would love to learn how to do?
What is something you really like about yourself?
What is one thing in your home that you are grateful for and why?
What is one habit you have that you’re proud of?
Who is one person you’re grateful to have in your life?
What is something you’re glad you stopped doing?
What was something you did for the first time recently? What was that like?
What is one new place you’d like to travel to soon?
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