Do you want to try journaling for better mental, physical, and emotional health but aren’t sure where to begin? Self-care journal prompts are a great starting point!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never journaled before. Or if you’re not sure what to write about. Because these 100 journaling ideas for self-care, self-love, and self-awareness will get you writing in no time. Free PDF printable journal prompts are included at the end of this post (no email required!) Simply download, print, then work on the prompts whenever you feel like it!

You can write out just a few journal prompts to get started or go through the whole list. Write as much or as little as you want. Scribble the answers to the journal prompts, write neat bullet points, or draw your answers. You could even create a whole journal around the topic of self-care if that inspires you!

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What is self-care?

Self-care is any activity that is nurturing and beneficial for your body, mind, or spirit. Acts of self-care are always positive and life-affirming.

Self-care is centered around self-love. But not in an egotistical or self-centered way.

You engage in activities to care for yourself because you want to feel good. You want your loved ones to feel good too. You care about feeling good because you love others, and you love yourself. That is a beautiful thing! Love makes the world go ’round. Love is all there is, as they say.

Journaling is a wonderful self-care activity. And it’s a wonderful part of a daily self-care routine. You might try journaling in the morning before you start your day, or in the evenings before bed. If you’ve never tried journaling before, you can check out this article to help you get started:

How to Start a Personal Journal For Beginners {With Easy Journal Prompts!}

Other examples of practicing self-care include eating healthfully, exercising, using positive self-talk, forgiving yourself, taking time to relax, or engaging in hobbies you love.

Self-care is important because it helps you fight burnout, improves your mental health, boosts self-esteem, strengthens your relationship with others, and can help you better care for others.

Why journal for self-care?

Journaling is a fun and relaxing activity for self-care. You can journal any time for entertainment or to relieve boredom. You can write about anything in your journal. It is a safe and personal space.

Writing in a journal is a great way to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. Just by writing about difficult emotions, you are taking measures to care for yourself.

Journal writing provides clarity. With journaling, you can unload what’s bothering you and examine your problems or stressors on paper.

Stress can feel like a tangled yarn ball of emotions getting batted around by a cat. It can be difficult to sort out how you feel, and how to care for yourself when you are stressed and unhappy. Once you can see on paper what’s going on inside of you, and around you, you can better problem solve.

Related: 50 Journal Prompts for Anxiety and Depression {Plus Free PDF Printable}

Journaling is also a way to plan healthy habits, map out your goals, and affirm your dreams.

You can journal about your fitness goals, healthy cooking goals, travel plans, business ideas, career plans, or dream relationship. You can journal affirmations and loving support to yourself. You can turn to your journal anytime you need some “me time.” And the busier and more stressed you are, the more important self-care is.

It’s important to be your own cheerleader in life, and to feel positive about your goals and dreams. You deserve to reach your goals, you deserve happiness and love. And most of all, you deserve to love yourself. Journaling is one of many ways to do all of these things.

How can self-care journal prompts help you?

Enhance emotional health

Self-care journal prompts help your emotional health because they can expand your awareness. They can help you see and appreciate the good things about yourself and your life. Journal prompts can help you identify what you want and need. And what you value. In these ways, self-care journal prompts can help you feel happier and more loving to yourself.

Stress relief

As mentioned, self-care journal prompts help to take shift your focus off stressful things and place your focus on joyful things instead. Journaling in any form can relieve stress, clarify, or shift your thoughts.

Help with goal setting and planning

Self-care journal prompts can help you plan for the future. Because planning often leads to implementation, journaling may help you reach your goals faster or with less confusion. It’s easier to take action when you have clarity and your goals mapped out.

Increase creativity

Writing also stimulates your mind and is a fabulous inspiration tool. You may discover new things about yourself through writing. Or come up with some cool new invention.

You may just find that you love writing and that you love what you write. Being creative increases self-esteem and self-worth. And yes, you are creative. Even if you don’t know it yet. You have so much beautiful creativity inside you!

Related: 25 Journal Prompts for Personal Development {With Free PDF Printable}

How to make journaling part of your self-care routine

Write often

The more you can journal on a regular basis, the better. This could be every day or at least a few times a week. Even if you only write a few sentences. To get the most benefit from journaling, try to make journal writing a part of your daily routine.

Make the space and time

Have a comfy spot to write in, and minimize distractions. You might try writing at a certain time every day, such as before bed.

Write for yourself

Always write for yourself and be unfiltered. Vent, complain, get angry. Don’t judge what comes up. Journaling is how you release it. Also, don’t worry about spelling or writing neatly. 

Have fun journaling

Don’t stress out about journaling ever. There is no right or wrong way to journal. And journaling should never be another item on your to-do list. Simply take that moment whenever it feels right to pick up your journal and put something in it. Whether you use journal prompts to get the ideas flowing, or just write off the top of your head. Just write and have fun!

How to create a self-care journal

All you really need to start a self-care journal is a notebook, pen, and some ideas to explore.

If you’re feeling crafty, you may want to decorate your journal with ribbon or colorful tape. You can use different colored pens if you choose, or just keep it simple altogether.

Related: How to Start an Art Journal- A Beginners Guide

Know that your journal is a safe place to express your dreams, goals, and innermost feelings. You don’t need to write neat or within the lines in your journal. You don’t even need to write full sentences! You can draw pictures or doodle inside your journal. As mentioned, there is no right or wrong way to journal, so don’t be afraid if your journal looks different from what you see online.

Find a comfy spot, grab a cup of tea, and let’s begin!

You may also like: 50 Journal Prompts to Find Your Purpose When You’re Feeling Lost in Your Career

100 Self-Care Journal Prompts

  1. What is your favorite book of all time and why?
  2. Write down your top 5 favorite inspirational quotes.
  3. Describe your perfect morning.
  4. Imagine you’re on a relaxing walk on a perfect warm day and describe every detail.
  5. Journal 10 beauty self-care ideas to try.
  6. List 10 new books to read for self-care.
  7. Write down your top 10 travel destinations.
  8. Describe your perfect beach day.
  9. If you could act in any movie, what character would you like to play and why?
  10. Describe the qualities you love best about yourself.
  11. Write what you love most about your closest friend or family member.
  12. Describe the perfect smorgasbord.
  13. Write a list of your top 10 most exciting moments in your life.
  14. Brainstorm 10 new exciting ideas you might want to try- this could be as simple as a new hairstyle or as daring as skydiving!
  15. List 10 things you love about your body.
  16. Write about the 5 most beautiful moments you’ve ever witnessed.
  17. List 25 things you’re grateful to know.
  18. What are you most proud of?
  19. What are your secret talents, joys, or interests?
  20. Write out 5 positive affirmations for self-love.
  21. Brainstorm and write 5 ways you could learn more about yourself.
  22. What are your top 5 favorite songs that always make you feel better?
  23. What are your favorite color combinations?
  24. Journal 10 ideas for healthy recipes.
  25. What are some ways you could break out of your comfort zone that sound exciting?
  26. List 10 bodies of water from around the world you’d like to swim in.
  27. Write 10 words of wisdom to give your younger self.
  28. Describe your perfect self-care day.
  29. Write 10 ideas to increase your self-love.
  30. List your top 20 favorite positive words- ie love, happiness, creativity.
  31. Journal 5 new art projects to try.
  32. List 5 book ideas for if you ever wrote a book.
  33. If you could have any magical power, what would it be and why?
  34. Journal your thoughts about the universe and what God means to you.
  35. What are your favorite animals?
  36. List 11 interesting ideas you’ve heard of that make you think deeply.
  37. Describe your ideal out-of-the-US vacation.
  38. Write about 5 ways you can spread kindness and love.
  39. Write 10 positive things going on in the world right now.
  40. List 15 inspiring people.
  41. What good advice would your future self give you?
  42. Describe some valuable lessons you’ve learned in life that you’re grateful for.
  43. Write 5 spa ideas for self-care.
  44. List 10 things you’d like to share with the world.
  45. What are your favorite flowers and what memories do they bring?
  46. Describe the perfect ocean-side stroll.
  47. Describe a fun day at the park.
  48. What is your perfect night routine?
  49. Make a meal plan for two nights of lovely food. (Just dinner, maybe dessert.)
  50. Describe your ideal dessert spread.
  51. What are your favorite retro fashion trends?
  52. List your top favorite movies from your childhood that make you feel good.
  53. What do you think about the concept of infinity?
  54. Describe your ideal camping trip.
  55. What food are you serving at your ideal BBQ?
  56. List 10 famous people, alive or dead, that you’d like them to share their secrets with you.
  57. Write about your goals for the next 6 months.
  58. If you were to design a treehouse, how would it look?
  59. What were your favorite childhood sports or games?
  60. Where would you like to live?
  61. What new friends or relationships would you like to have now or in the future?
  62. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How do you know?
  63. What makes you feel most loved?
  64. What do you know to be true about love?
  65. List 10 relaxing self-care ideas for a quiet weekend.
  66. If you could be any animal for a day, what animal would you be and why?
  67. Who do you think you were in a past life?
  68. What are you passionate about?
  69. What do you want to achieve in your career or work life?
  70. List 5 ways you can bring more happiness to your daily routine.
  71. Describe some health upgrades you can make to take better care of yourself.
  72. What would your spirit guides or angels like you to know?
  73. Who or what has shaped your belief system the most?
  74. Describe a mystical, magical landscape you’d like to visit.
  75. What “wow’s you” the most about life?
  76. Write 11 things you love most about life.
  77. What are your favorite time periods from history and why do you love them?
  78. List 5 current trends and how you feel about them.
  79. What wild and crazy stuff would you like to try in your life that others may not understand or approve of?
  80. Describe your ideal city vacation.
  81. What are your goals for this week?
  82. Write down 10 nice words to say or share with others this week.
  83. List a few ways you could improve your daily routine.
  84. What brings you the most joy in life?
  85. Describe the most valuable things you’ve learned about yourself.
  86. Journal where you see yourself in 2 years.
  87. Write about the most fun activities you’ve ever tried.
  88. What are your top 10 favorite things to do outside?
  89. Make 10 predictions about the future.
  90. If you could do anything at all you wanted to tomorrow, what would it be?
  91. List some ideas for a home business.
  92. How have your challenges in life helped you with self-discovery?
  93. List 10 affirmations for peace, calm, and tranquility.
  94. What does wisdom look like to you?
  95. Describe your ideal self at 90 years old.
  96. What do you plan on kicking-butt at in life?
  97. Where are your favorite places to relax?
  98. Journal your thoughts around manifesting and the law of attraction.
  99. List 10 relaxing activities for de-stressing.
  100. Describe your ideal date night.

Concluding thoughts on journaling for self-care

I hope these self-care journal prompts left you feeling inspired to think about and do things to make yourself feel good. Because the point of journaling for self-care is to feel happier. To imagine the possibilities in life. And to feel inspired and good about yourself.

Let your likes, loves, hopes and dreams will lead the way. Focus on the good and you will get more good. Fill your mind with loving thoughts about yourself and others. Self-love and self-care are not selfish or a waste of time.

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Free self-care journal prompts printable

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100 Self-Care Journal Prompts Free Printable

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