Journaling ideas to help with your mental health
I've been on a quest for the last few hours for things to write about in my mental health blog. I didn't want to set up a blog as a mental health professional, I wanted to know what I should write about in a personal blog so I could have something to talk about on the days when I don't feel like I have anything to talk about. Some days journaling is easy for me. I sit down, I talk about the thoughts that have been circling or things I've been having to shoo away because they're trying to drag me down into rumination. Other days I just don't have anything to write about and if I don't have a purpose, sitting down to stare at a blank page seems rather pointless. So, to Google!
Unfortunately finding decent prompts for mental health was a little challenging. I'm not a spiritual or religious person, per se. I don't want to write down prayers or inspirational quotes that I may or may not be feeling. I'm bad at coming up with "things". Writing three things that bring me joy when I'm not feeling anything is like a small slice of hell. Gratitudes just confuse me. Self affirmations seem stupid and corny. So what the hell do I write about?
Here's some of the prompts I cherry picked from other websites. I'll include their links in case you want to see all the prompts. Maybe something there will speak to you in a way they didn't speak to me.
Live Bold and Bloom actually had a lot of really good prompts to consider and a passage underneath about how you could write or what things might crop up. They're good suggestions. I'll probably be using a few of these myself to get thoughts out on a page.
I cherry picked these prompts from NAMI KDK for prompts I thought I might actually use.
- Discuss 5 things you wish others knew about you.
- What self-care strategies have you used in the past? Rate them from 1-10, 10 being the most effective and helpful, 1 being the least.
- What advice would you give to someone going through a hard time?