50 Journal Prompts to Take Control of Your Anxiety and Promote Self-Love

 GUEST POST| Do you find yourself wanting to write down your feelings, thoughts and anxieties, but you are not sure where to even begin? You are not alone, but journaling prompts can help you build your confidence.

When you live with anxiety, you can have a million and one thoughts monopolising your brain, and it can be incredibly hard and intimidating to think about writing them down and making them real. Journaling can be a valuable practice that can help self-care and support your mental health. Moreover,  journaling can be an effective tool in combatting anxious behaviour because you can only write one thought at a time, so this practice forces you to physically and mentally slow down and work through them one thought at a time. It can also help you to identify patterns in your thoughts, which can help you find ways to cope. Studies have also shown that writing about how a person feels has the potential to ease anxiety in people who have suffered from traumatic events. 

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Journaling has always been incredibly cathartic for me, and it is something that I have loved doing since I was a young girl. Remember that your journal is for your eyes only, so be open and honest. If you want to start journaling, but are unsure where to start, I have compiled a list of 50 journals prompts that work on taking control of these anxieties and help you to focus on loving yourself.

1. What are 3 positive things that happened to you today?
2. How does your job affect your mental health? Do you find that environment an anxiety trigger?
3. What do you love most about yourself?
4. Describe some skills you have, or skills that you would like to develop.
5. What are your anxiety triggers?
6. Why am I feeling… right now?
7. The biggest lessons you have learned from anxiety are…
8. List 10 things that make you happy.
9. What are some obstacles that you have overcome?
10. Who truly loves you for you?
11. What brings you peace and why?
12. Describe one of your biggest accomplishments.
13. Where do you feel safest and why?
14. Write down your most re-occurring negative thoughts and why you feel that they keep repeating.
15. Write 4 positive affirmations that inspire you.


16. Make a list of 3 things that you would like to change about yourself. How do think you can accomplish this?
17. What are 5 moments in your life when you can say you were truly happy?
18. List all the things that you’re worried about right now.
19. What are 4 ways you can calm your anxiety that actually work?
20. List 4 things that scare you the most and the reasons why.
21. Describe a time when you felt fulfilled. What were you doing? What about that moment felt gratifying?
22. What’s a quality you love about yourself?
23. What is something you need to let go of?
24. When was the last time I said no to something? When was the last time you wish you had said not to something?
25. Do you notice signs of your anxiety? If so, what do you feel when you notice them?
26. What are 5 things that you are currently accept about yourself?
27. Do you allow yourself to accept compliments from others?
28. What do you struggle to love most about yourself? What can you do to begin to love that part of yourself?
29. What are you grateful for?
30. What is your biggest dream? What can you do today to start making one of those dreams a reality?


31. What is one thing you can, do today, that will make you feel great?
32. What do you love about your mind?
33. What do you love about your body?
34. How can you support yourself today?
35. Are your worries rational and realistic?
36. Who are you grateful for?
37. How can you let go of some of your negative and anxious energy in your life?
38. What makes you feel alive?
39. What do you think self-love looks and feels like?
40. What is a commitment you can make to yourself that will show you love every day?
41. Have you ever had a chance to meet your brain's off button?
42. How do you know when it is time to let go?
43. On a scale of 1-10, how peaceful are you today?
44. Write a letter to your anxious thoughts….
45. List your coping mechanisms when you are feeling down.
46. What quotes inspire you?
47. What are your important values?
48. Write about a moment in your life when you felt in control.
49. The last time you were worried about something, what helped you to stay calm?
50. Write a letter to someone who contributes to your anxiety.


—Benefits Of Using Journaling-

There are so many benefits to writing in a journal that is not just about taking control of anxiety and improving self-love, including:
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves your memory
  • Improves your concentration
  • Can help you achieve your goals
  • Gives you the opportunity to track your progress and growth
  • Improves your writing and communication skills

These are just a handful of reasons why starting a journal today will improve your life, and your mental and physical health. If you want to start journaling, just start! You don’t have to write anything perfect, inspiring or profound. It is about putting pen to paper and writing what comes without judgments. 

Do you write in a journal? Do you use journal prompts?

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