Sometimes, paper is the best listener. When life is crazy and barely bearable, writing is how I recalibrate and realign with the peace that’s present in the middle of the storm. Whether you love to write or you’re looking for another way to feel better, these journaling prompts for stress relief have a lot of healing potential to offer.
“We should be grateful for all the situations that make us the most uncomfortable, because without them we would not know there is something unhealed within us.” — Ken Wapnick
Stress can reveal patterns that inhibit joy, as well as those that encourage it. Journaling is a healthy mechanism for seeking the healing opportunities available through the stress; it’s a support system when the intention is to bring joy to life.
I carefully selected these eleven journaling prompts for stress, as I am, currently, using them as tools for my own self-discovery, healing, and growth. I know that the energy held in these prompts can help me allow healing instead of resist the “universal assignments” that I’ve been dealt. I hope they help you, too.
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Sometimes I don’t know what I think until I write it down. It’s hard for me to express in speech what I haven’t fleshed out in writing. If you understand what I mean, then you also understand how enlightening it can be to read on paper what’s going on inside your head and heart.
Writing in a journal of any kind is a safe way to process emotions, identify harmful and helpful patterns, release overwhelm, and increase clarity, intuition, and self-esteem.
There’s no need for perfect punctuation or grammar, and you need not worry about eloquent prose. The journey of keeping a journal isn’t about the final product; it’s about re-discovering yourself in between the lines so you can live the way you want to be living.
A few tips on using these journaling prompts for stress as tools for living better (without feeling stuck in the process):
- Don’t censor yourself. Write imperfectly, privately, openly, and honestly. If you don’t want anyone to see what you’ve written, you can shred or burn the pages (safely, of course) once you’ve finished.
- Do something that relaxes you and clears your mind before you write. I like to meditate or stretch first.
- Let it all go. Start writing and keep your pen moving until there’s a natural pause and you feel finished with that train of thought.
The purpose of each prompt is simply to clear out the mental cobwebs. The stream-of-consciousness approach (letting it all go without censorship) seems to work well in bringing clarity and insight to important (reoccurring) issues that are stressful.“Tears are words that need to be written.” — Paulo Coelho Click To Tweet
I hope you find something here that you can bring into your own life. There are only eleven options here, so please play with the wording if you feel like it doesn’t quite fit your needs. Feel free to email me if you have any suggestions or specific issues you’d like me to cover in future journaling- or stress-related posts.
11 Journaling Prompts for Stress Relief, and Living the Way You Want to Be Living
1. I find myself repeating this script in my head today:
2. Right now, I feel challenged by ________. I feel supported when ________.
3. I have been paying a lot of attention to ________. I would like to pay more attention to ________; I can devote more energy to the better-feeling alternatives by ________.“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” — Ernest Hemingway Click To Tweet
4. The things that help me the most right now are…
5. What can I do in this moment to get myself some nourishment and self-care?
6. I am thankful that I…
7. How might this stressful experience transform me into a more loving (compassionate, forgiving, patient, helpful, or faithful) person?
8. What past challenge has turned out to be a gift in disguise (even if it’s still painful)? Why? What was the silver lining?“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” — William Wordsworth Click To Tweet
9. What’s not wrong in my life? Here are three things that I can think of right now:
10. If I knew that anything I asked for would be answered, I would ask for ________.
11. What do I want my life to FEEL like?
Please share your thoughts, the journaling prompts for stress that have helped you (or that you’d like to try), and any helpful or hopeful discoveries with me in the comments.
Share these journaling prompts for stress relief with a fellow human striving for deeper peace in their life.
Give yourself the gift of self-reflection laced with self-compassion.