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20 Journal Prompts for Anxiety and Depression

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By now, you probably know how much I love to use my bullet journal. It has been a wonderful help in keeping me

It keeps me focused, and helps to give me perspective when I started feeling anxious, or I hit a bit of a sad patch in my life.

Writing has also been a sort of therapy for me when it comes to my anxiety and depression. If I take some time to slow down and spend a little time writing out my thoughts, my mood really improves.

I have decided to create a special section in my bujo binder and want to use some journal prompts to help me to work through those moments when my brain starts acting up.

So, I came up with a list of 20 journal prompts for anxiety and depression. Some are lists that I will be able to refer to when I need some extra help finding the positive. Others are writing exercises to help reframe the negative thinking and to help find a more happy perspective.


 

20 JOURNAL PROMPTS FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

  • List 20 things that make you smile.
  • Write about what you love about life.
  • When things seem tough, I want to remember _________
  • What is something that you have overcome?
  • Write about some of the kindest things that you can do for yourself when you are in pain (physical and/or emotional).
  • Write about your victories this week.
  • What do you think your life would be like if you didn’t have anxiety or depression?
  • What positive changes have you made or experienced in the past year?
  • Write the words that you need to hear.
  • What does your best day look like?
  • What would you like to be remembered for?
  • Write about one thing that you look forward to every day.
  • Build a list of 15 songs that can help change your mood.
  • Write about five of your best talents.
  • List three things that you would do if you weren’t afraid.
  • What are five things that help you feel better when things are difficult?
  • Write about ten things that you are thankful for.
  • What is your favorite memory?
  • Choose one thing that triggers anxiety or depression, and then write about a few ways that you can combat this trigger.
  • Write about something that you forgive yourself for.

If you feel these prompts might be helpful to you and want to join in on the writing, here is a printable list of these prompts, so that you can keep it handy in your own journals.

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xo, Melissa

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8 Books That Will Help You Keep A Journal (even if you are busy)

I’ve been writing about my passion for using a journal quite a bit recently.  I have even had a few people say that I have inspired them to start using a journal of their own, and that makes my heart so happy!

But what if you feel like you are way too busy to keep a journal? Or maybe you just don’t know where to start.

As a solution, I’ve made up a list of some great books for you to check out that might help give you a little help in finding the time to make using a journal part of your day.

Most of these would make good companions to your daily planning, and a lot of them have short and quick exercises that you can do. Many of them can even happen right in the book itself!  There are so many wonderful options out there, and if you are looking for a little inspiration, I’ve got you covered.

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START WHERE YOU ARE: A JOURNAL FOR SELF DISCOVERYbooks

This is one of my favorites. It is an interactive journal that contains beautiful images and hand lettering. It will help inspire you to become self-motivated and show your creative side a little love.

HOW TO BE HAPPY (OR AT LEAST LESS SAD) A CREATIVE WORKBOOK

booksThis book contains a series of prompts that can help readers see things in a different perspective.

THE HAPPY BOOK

booksThis is a book that can help show you how to practice happiness by using different prompts and activities. There are places to make lists, paste pictures and fill in the blanks.

WRECK THIS JOURNAL

booksThis book is fun because it challenges readers to make mistakes, be messy, and to destroy things. It is a fun and different way to get creative!

THE LIFE ORGANIZER: A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO A MINDFUL YEAR

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This book gives you a more in depth way to explore your needs and dreams by using daily prompts and strategies. It isn’t a fill in the blank type book, and helps you delve a bit deeper. It is a wonderful guidebook to use as a companion to your daily planning.

CREATIVE DOODLING & BEYOND: INSPIRING EXERCISES, PROMPTS, AND PROJECTS FOR TURNING SIMPLE DOODLES INTO BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART

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Maybe you don’t feel like writing – don’t forget that being creative is a fun way to add to your journal. This book will inspire you to get your creative juices flowing with its projects and prompts.

DOODLING FOR CAT PEOPLE

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Here is one just for doodling fun. This is an entertaining way to experiment with ways of drawing furry friends. Yes – they have a dog book too 🙂

MY BOOK ABOUT ME

booksThis is one that I loved as a kid and is a fun way to introduce kids into exploring the world of self-discovery and writing about themselves.

I hope at least one of these might be a fun tool to pair with or help you to start using a journal. Do you have any favorite books about journals? If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments.

xo, Melissa

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Hope – Thursday Writing Prompt

​I had hope that I would get a good craft blog post up this week.

Instead, I took this week off of my main blogging activities to spend a little extra time snuggling my family. It was much needed, and even gave me a bit of planning time.

I will be back next week with a fun heart themed craft to share.

However, I did not forget this weeks writing prompt.  It has been another week of political drama, and it has made me revisit the word hope.

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There are many things that I could write about, like a day without phone calls, or arguing siblings.

Most of all, I hope that people will start coming together and show kindness, love and support to one another.

What would you write about?

xo Melissa

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Thursday Writing Prompt – A Challenge

​Since my last writing prompt, I have had some pretty crazy days. When I sit down and think about all that I pack in to each day, I realize that I am pretty good at multitasking, and taking on different roles.

I am a teacher, a mother, a wife, a blogger, and work two jobs. Somewhere in these roles, I also try and create, as it is something that makes me feel happy – so I guess I could also be an artist. I know that most people have full days and do various things, and I think it would be fun to hear what others consider themselves to be.

So I thought it would be fun to make this weeks writing prompt a little challenge.

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Mine is: Coffee!, eat, work, teach, write, create, clean, love, smile, repeat!


Take some time to do a little brainstorming. Figure out your description and let me know in the comments.

 

xo Melissa

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Thursday Writing Prompt – Book Characters

One of my goals this year, is to try and fit reading back into my days again. There is nothing quite like getting lost in a book, and getting to know all of the different characters.

My writing prompt today is inspired by that love.

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I think I would like to be Hermione Granger so that I could get my chance to attend Hogwarts. Or, maybe Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. She has such a quick wit, which I lack. There are so many different options, that I may end up writing about a few different people, but it is sure fun to imagine!

Which characters would you like to be?

xo Melissa

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Thursday Writing Prompt – Courage

It’s Thursday, which means it is time for another writing prompt.

As I was working in my bullet journal and reflecting this past week, I realized that I avoided writing down certain goals because I was too afraid. I didn’t want to put it in writing because it seemed impossible to achieve.

I don’t want to have this mindset, so I am finding my courage and challenging myself through my prompt.

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If I were brave enough, I would actually start trying to write the book I have wanted to write since I was young.

What would you do if you had the courage?

xo Melissa

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Thursday Journal Prompt

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To kick off the new year, today’s journal prompt is about reflection.

The past year was definitely a roller coaster.  I would say that one of the biggest ways in which I changed, was that I kept moving and was productive.

That may seem like an easy thing to do, but for someone that really struggles with anxiety and depression, it is not an easy feat. Because of that, I am proud of myself for working to break the cycle of getting overwhelmed and just freezing. Instead, I took action.

I hope to continue and get even better at this throughout 2017!

xo Melissa

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Thursday Writing Prompt and a Confession

I have a writing prompt, but first, I have a confession.

I have been slacking.

It has been a really rough and crazy couple of weeks and I ended up taking an unexpected blogging break. I have been having a hard time finding things to write about. Sadly, nothing seems to inspire me. 

Maybe it is the craziness of the holidays, or the arrival of the cold weather, but I know that things need to change.

So I decided to hibernate a bit.

I did my best to turn off my brain and my running list of things that I “should” be doing.

If I started feeling overwhelmed, I used my favorite page in my bullet journal, the Brain Dump page. I made notes on things that I wanted to remember, but not deal with right at that moment. 

I took a couple naps.

I brought out my knitting needles and made a hat. Knitting also helps quiet me and gets my brain thinking productively again. 

I decorated our house for Christmas, made cookies with my friend, and snuggled up for Christmas movies with the kids. 

After taking my little self care break, I am finally starting to feel a bit better. I have a few ideas brewing in my head again, which means I will be back with more crafts and bullet journal posts soon. 

In the meantime, here is my Thursday Writing Prompt. Since I can’t take a real vacation at the moment, I will write about it instead! 

Enjoy 🙂

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