Journal prompts to get you started

Felicity-Canteen

Hey Canteeners! I'm Felicity, one of the social workers in the NSW team, and if you've met me before you might know that I love journalling. Journaling is awesome because it gives you some quiet time with your mind to work through hard problems or feelings, or have a big vent. It's also a great way to figure out who you are, what's important to you, what your goals are, etc.

When I first tried journaling, I found it really hard because my brain created all kinds of rules about the "right" way to journal - this made it feel more like a chore that I was really bad at, and I gave up on it very quickly. Luckily for me, though, I decided to give journaling another chance, and gave myself a new rule - there are NO rules. My journal is an absolute mess, but it always matches how I felt that day. Sometimes I doodle or write song lyrics or write 2 sentences or write 10 pages. No day is the same (and most days I don't write anything at all!).

So now that you're convinced that journaling is super cool and you're absolutely going to start doing it RIGHT NOW -- what do you write? My hot tip is use journal prompts! Journal prompts are questions or statements to get you thinking. It gives you something to reflect on, which is a really great way to get to know yourself better. It also helps you practise your journaling skills until you feel confident enough to do it without any prompts.

  • What are four things you're grateful for?
  • How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
  • If someone else described you, what do you think they'd say?
  • How have you changed in the last five years?
  • Who do you look up to the most? Why?

I found these journal prompts on Pinterest, but you can find endless ideas on social media or regular old google. If you've used journal prompts before and have any favourites, please share them below :) I might even use them myself!

-- Felicity, Sydney