20 Journal Prompts for Your Mental Health: Focus Your Thoughts

Journal Prompts for Your Mental Health: Focus Your Thoughts

The benefits of journaling show it can be a great way to give your mental health a boost.

Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, or just want to hone a more positive mindset, writing in a daily journal can help.

Below we’ve made a shortlist of 20 mental health journal prompts to get you started:

5 journal prompts for mental health

1. Make a list of things that make you happy.

2. Identify a goal for this week.

3. What are some things that usually motivate you?

A lack of motivation can be a common symptom of many mental illnesses, such as depression.

Health professionals shout about the benefits of exercise, but when you’re feeling unmotivated, your physical health is normally the first thing to suffer.

Setting small goals, choosing a buddy and reciting a fitness affirmation are all shown to help you stay on track.

4. What are you worrying about today?

5. How do you know when you’re feeling happy?

5 journal prompts for mental health

6. Write down a quote that inspires you on a difficult day.

We’ve created a list of 65 of the most inspiring health quotes.

You can read the words of many inspiring people as they reflect on their own mindset and how they think about mental health.

7. Write about a past struggle that you overcame.

8. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and why?

9. Describe your favorite memory.

Fascinating research conducted at Boston University, revealed that it’s possible to turn the volume down on negative memories by stimulating happier ones!

A study done on mice showed that using harmless laser lights stimulated the positive memory cells distracting the mind from the negative ones — a technique they can replicate in humans with small doses of stimulating drugs.

10. What can you do to make today a better day?

5 journal prompts for mental health

11. What are your strengths as a person?

12. Write about three things that you’re grateful to have in your life right now.

13. What distracts you from achieving your goals?

14. Write about what makes you feel anxious.

Data published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) shows that nearly one in five US adults have an anxiety disorder.

So if you’re struggling, you’re not alone. We’ve compiled a list of journal prompts for anxiety, to help calm your busy mind.

15. Write about praise or a compliment you’ve received recently.

5 journal prompts for mental health

16. How do you set boundaries to protect your mental health?

17. Write about a time when you felt proud of yourself.

18. Which situations make you feel most fearful?

19. Write a letter to your future self.

20. Describe a place where you feel most relaxed and peaceful.

What makes you happy?

Embark on the journey to learn more about YOU with our journaling prompts for self-discovery.

Laura Smith


Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

Specialist health & wellbeing writer, passionate about discovering new technologies & sharing the latest research.