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Self-Compassionate Journaling

Dr. Joti Samra

February 20, 2021

Resiliency

Self-Compassion Journaling – Journaling Prompts

Journaling can be a great way to set aside a specific time to engage in self-reflection. It gives you the opportunity to explore your emotions while also identifying patterns. When it comes to self-compassion, it gives you the opportunity to identify areas for growth and self-acceptance in our lives in an intentional way. It can also be a healthy and therapeutic way of expressing yourself, which can improve mood and help to de-stress. So, here we are going to talk about self-compassionate journaling and how to incorporate it into your life including journaling prompts

Want to learn more about self-compassion, how important it is in our lives, and how to practice it? Learn more here

How to Start Journaling

Beginning any routine can be challenging, so it’s best to start with tangible ways of incorporating it into your daily routine. This can include picking a time to engage in a journaling practice, set a notification in your phone to remind you, and have a list of prompts prepared so if you don’t naturally have anything to write about, you have an alternative writing topic. 

Journaling Prompts that Focus on Self-Love

Here is a list of prompts that can help you start thinking about self-compassion and the ways you can re-engage with self-love. 

  1. What is one thing you admire about yourself? What do you like about it?
  2. List 3 things – or people – you’re grateful for today.
  3. What is one thing you’ll forgive yourself for this week?
  4. Write down 3 great compliments you’ve received. How did they make you feel?
  5. What is a challenge you’re dealing with right now? How are you growing from it?
  6. What makes you unique (or loveable)?
  7. What is one personality trait you have that you feel proud of?
  8. Write a reassuring, kind, gentle note to yourself reminding yourself to look after yourself. Make a plan of how will you do that.
  9. What is your favourite feel-good activity? How can you do it more?
  10. Write about the highlight of your day today. How did you feel?

Still, struggling? You may want to engage in a journaling practice but it may not come naturally to you. So, rather than prompts, we have some fill in the blanks. Try these out for a few days and see if it helps you get more creative when it comes to journaling. 

Fill in The Blanks Journaling Prompts

Think it would be easier to fill in the blanks? 

Simply complete the phrases in your own journal, and if you feel inspired to write more go with it or even come back to it later.

Download this blog as a pdf at the link below to print out the fill-in-the-blanks section. 

Self-Compassionate Journaling

Final Thoughts

Journaling is just one way to practice self-compassion, so if journaling isn’t for you, or you struggle to keep it as part of your routine, that’s okay. In most cases these things take practice, so it can be easy to get discouraged. Want to try other ways of practicing self-compassion but don’t know where to start? Sign up for our self-compassion challenge! The goal by the end of the challenge is to give you the skills you need to effectively take a self-compassion break to improve your mental health. The challenge allows you to take one task each day, so you can start to build your self-compassion toolbox over time. 

Sign up for our self-compassion challenge here.

 

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