Love journaling but running out of ideas? Here are 100+ fresh printable journal prompts that you will enjoy writing about.
Not sure what to add to your journal? Stuck for inspiration? Don’t worry, we all get journalers-block sometimes.
That’s why we love a good, printable journal prompt around here.
When you’ve got the itch to write something, but you need a little inspiration, having a go-to list of journal writing prompts is an easy way to get started.
Below, you will find eight categories of journal prompts- for whatever mood you’re in today. The categories are:
- Mindfulness Journal Prompts
- Self-Love Topics
- Affirmation Prompts
- Spiritual Prompts
- Mental Health Themes
- Gratitude Topics
- Self Help & Self Care Prompts
- Things to Write About When You’re Just Bored
Each category has a printable version that you can download.
Note: The PDF files in this post are free to download for personal use, but are not to be resold or mass-produced.
Just click to download, print, and start writing!
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Mindfulness Journal Prompts PDF
For those wanting to practice being more aware and present, writing a daily mindfulness entry in your journal is one of our favorite ways to exercise that.
Here are some of our top mindfulness printable journal prompts to help you practice being more present:
- Write about your five senses. What can you see, smell, feel, taste, and hear right now?
- What do you want to put on your vision board?
- When do you feel the most alive and fulfilled?
- What color describes how you feel today? Why?
- What are your most important values in life?
- If today was your last day on Earth, what would you write as your last journal entry?
- With eyes closed, write a poem about what you hear.
- What can you commit to today that will benefit you in the future?
- I feel most authentic when I…
- Write a list of things you have in common with someone you struggle to see eye to eye with.
- Stream of consciousness – sit quietly for 5-10 minutes and write whatever comes to your mind.
- Write down a list of things you can do to lower your stress levels.
- What body parts are tense or uncomfortable right now?
- What did your last meal taste like?
- What thought has crossed your mind the most in the last 24 hours?
Self-Love Journal Prompts
Starting a self-love journal is a fantastic way to feel better about who you are and learn to stop comparing yourself to others.
If you want to learn to be happy with who you are, take a look at our favorite self-love journal prompts:
- Write down one thing that you like about yourself today.
- What do you imagine that self love feels like?
- Plan your outfits for the week.
- Write a resume that lists your characteristics (instead of your job experience).
- Name an accomplishment that you are proud of.
- What makes a person beautiful in your eyes?
- Write about something that makes you happy.
- Write about why other people’s opinions of you are not important.
- What would your friends say is the best thing about you?
- What are you afraid to speak up about and why?
- Write a whole page about your best feature.
- Choose and write about the self-love affirmation that speaks to you the most.
- What’s the best compliment that you have ever received?
- What is a grudge that you hold against yourself?
- Write a letter to your future self telling them they are loved.
Affirmation Journal Ideas
Do you want to become a more positive and confident person? Then you should definitely start an affirmation journal as a way to transform your mindset.
These affirmation journal prompts will get you started:
- What do you wish you believed about yourself?
- What are three things you do best?
- I’m not giving up on…
- What is the one belief that you choose to live your life by?
- In what areas of life are you limiting yourself or playing small?
- If I felt more confident, I would…
- What big changes do you want to make in your life?
- Write down a positive affirmation for today.
- What legacy do you want to leave behind?
- I have everything I need right now because…
- I believe I can achieve…if I do…
- What is your word of the year?
- Write three “I Am” affirmations.
- What do I really want to do with my life?
- Write a letter of recommendation recommending yourself as a friend.
Spiritual Journal Prompts PDF
A spiritual journal is a great way to stimulate spiritual growth in your life and strengthen your relationship with God. Nurturing this habit will help you to find new wisdom, deepen your faith and stay inwardly focused.
If you’re not sure what to write, then take a look at our top spiritual journal prompts:
- What do you think about when praying? What are your distractions?
- Write a letter to God about your week.
- I find it hardest to forgive…. because….
- Write about something beautiful you heard or saw today.
- Describe your spiritual gift.
- What impact do you want to have on people?
- When was the last time you felt scared? How can you overcome your fear?
- I felt God’s presence this week when…
- What things in life bring you the most joy?
- What do you need more of?
- What do you need less of?
- Document a spiritual encounter that you’ve had.
- Who inspires you and why?
- My next step in spiritual growth is…
- In what way did you notice God working today?
- What area of my life am I hiding from God?
Journaling Prompts for Mental Health PDF
It isn’t always easy to speak about how you’re feeling to others, so a journal for mental health is a great way to expel negative thoughts that you don’t want to share. Journaling also helps us to untangle complicated feelings.
Remember, a journal is for YOU and no one else has to read it. So feel free to be open and vulnerable with your journal.
Here are fifteen recommended journal prompts for mental health:
- How am I feeling today?
- How would I like to feel?
- What can I do to feel better today?
- What made me smile this week?
- Write a letter to your future self.
- What are the good things about my life right now?
- I am happiest when…
- What went wrong today? What can I do if it happens again?
- List and describe all of your emotions.
- What am I looking forward to?
- What improvements would you like to make over the next 5 years?
- How are things different from what they were 5 years ago?
- Write an encouraging message for you to read on bad days.
- Write about a single day in your life that made you happy.
- Write down all of your coping mechanisms. Which ones help the most? Which ones are counterproductive?
Gratitude Journal Prompts
Practicing gratitude is something that we all need to adopt to have a more positive outlook on life.
Keeping a daily gratitude journal is about asking yourself reflection questions to better appreciate what you have and feel grateful for every experience.
If you need some inspiration for gratitude journal prompts, check these out:
- Who helped you this week?
- I am aware of my skills, they have helped me to…
- I am passionate about … I am grateful for this passion because…
- I am grateful for my home because…
- What gifts have you received that you are most grateful for?
- I am thankful for my teacher(s), who showed me…
- I am aware of the challenges I have faced, I am grateful for…
- What can you do for Earth Day to show appreciation for the planet?
- My good friends were really there for me when… I am grateful because I learned…
- List all the qualities that you like about the people closest to you.
- Write down as many ways as you can think of to be a kinder person.
- What experiences made you feel brave?
- What is the best thing to ever happen to you?
- Reminisce on a fond memory with a family member.
- Describe something that you own that makes your life much easier.
Self-Help Journal Prompts & Self-Care Journal Prompts
If you’re trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle- maybe lose weight, eat healthier, improve your diet or even just improve your self-care routine, then a self-help journal is a fantastic way to go about this.
If you would like some inspiration for self-help journal prompts then take a look at these:
- Write about three healthy habits that you have adopted this past year.
- Write a goal that will lead you to greater happiness.
- What is keeping you from getting better sleep?
- What should I have said “no” to this week?
- What should I have said “yes” to this week?
- When was the last time you felt motivated?
- Write about a time that you felt joy for someone else’s accomplishment.
- What makes you feel calm?
- What can you do today that you couldn’t do last year?
- How do you pick yourself up when you feel burnout?
- What do you not remind yourself of enough?
- What advice would you give your 18-year old self?
- In what areas do you compare yourself to other people?
- Name three things that inspired you today.
- Write a letter to someone that hurt you, even if you don’t plan on giving it to them.
You should also remember to focus on self-care messages; it’s important to reward yourself for all the great work that you do.
For some self-care journal prompts, try these on for size!
- When was the last time you took a “me day”?
- Write about the ultimate self-care gift you could give yourself.
- Look up some scented soap recipes. Write down your favorites.
- Plan a DIY self-care kit.
- Write a list of movies that make you feel good.
- List your comfort foods and why they make you feel good.
- Design your next manicure or your ideal make-up palette.
- Plan a yoga routine and draw the poses.
- Design a gift card for yourself.
- Plan your weekly self-care routine.
- What never fails to make you laugh?
- Describe the perfect day.
- What makes you feel in control?
Things to Write In A Journal When Bored
Journaling can just be a great way to get rid of boredom. You don’t really need a reason to start a journal, it is as much a hobby as it is a way to combat stress and process your feelings.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for fun things to write in a journal when bored, take a look at these journal prompts:
- Draw a picture of something near you.
- Write about a fictional character that you would like to meet in real life. What would you say to them?
- Quick write: time yourself to write a story in less than a minute.
- Create a word bank of new vocabulary words you learn each day.
- What is your favorite song and why?
- Write about three favorite things in your possession right now.
- Write down a New Year’s resolution or a New Year challenge.
- What did you dream about last night?
- What’s the funniest memory you have?
- What is the biggest risk you have taken?
- If you had a time machine, when would you go?
- Review a recent movie you’ve seen.
- Write about an interesting conversation you had recently.
- I have a strong urge to…
- When was the last time you did something out of your comfort zone?
- Design a brand new animal.
By keeping a pile of daily journal prompt lists, either by printing the printable prompts above or compiling your own, you can be sure to have inspiration for your journal every day of the week.
Do you have a favorite journal prompt? Let us know in the comments!