Today’s post is the second in a 4-part series aimed at helping people improve their mental wellness through journaling. If you haven't already, hop in and check out the first post in the series. I’ll be providing monthly prompts to keep you guys journaling for a whole year. Stay posted for the rest of these prompts!
January — Reflect on the previous year
The first month of the year is a great time to start thinking about the future, but wait! Let's give ourselves an opportunity to reflect on the growth we've made so far in the previous year. Sit down and write out the "sweet and the sour" of your previous year. What were some of your biggest wins and triumphs. What were some of the lowest points and perceived failures? How has your outlook on life changed in the past year?
February — What do you love about yourself?
We often think of February as the month of romantic love. But what about self-love? Take some time to write down a list of attributes that you love about yourself. If you find this exercise difficult, you can imagine what a friend or loved one might note as your best qualities. If this is still too challenging, take the leap and ask others what they admire about you. Hearing other people state our finest characteristics helps us see ourselves through a less critical and biased lens. Try it out!
March — What baggage can you leave behind?
Ever heard of spring cleaning? It's a great time to start going through old closets and drawers to throw out, donate and re-purpose unused items. But what about spring cleaning for the mind, body and spirit? Take a minute to write down some old thoughts, beliefs, experiences and behaviors you are so ready to let go of. Then think of some productive and healthy ways to sort through, process and reframe some of these to better fit your current life. Get a friend involved if you need some support.
Stay posted for the rest of the writing prompts in this blog series! Now I’d love to hear from you. Have you used journaling as a self-care strategy to improve your mental health? What has your experience with journaling been like for you? Have you been curious about journaling and not known how to get started? What got you interested in journaling? Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments below. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to journal. The idea is to get the creative juices flowing and see where your writing takes you! Thanks for reading and be well.
about the author
Hi! I'm Natalie. And my passion is helping people live more peaceful, meaningful lives. Through holistic therapy in Pasadena and here on the blog, my mission is to provide people with the support and tools they need to live their best life.