35 Ideas for Self Care: Try These Simple Journal Prompts

Need new, free ideas for self-care? These 35 simple journal prompts are a great way to show yourself some love.

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We all know self-care matters, and it's easy to see when you need it.

However, figuring out how to do it **isn't always so easy.

There are endless products and ideas for self-care out there. But many of them can be expensive, or require a lot of effort that's hard to drum up when you're stressed.

Journaling is a super easy, absolutely free way to engage in meaningful self-care. We'll walk you through all the benefits and give you 35 journaling prompts to get started.

Why Journaling is the Best Idea for Self-Care

Trying to find ideas for self-care that work for you can be really overwhelming.

Here's the good news: the truth is, you don't need to buy any strange potions or learn how to knit to feel better. All you need is your own brain, and somewhere to write!

Here's just a few reasons why journaling is an amazing way to practice self-care:

1. Journaling Heals Your Mind and Body

Our minds and bodies are crazy levels of connected. Taking care of yourself requires attention to both your physical and mental health - you can't just choose one!

Journaling is scientifically proven to offer incredible health benefits for your mind and body. It reduces stress and anxiety, improves sleep quality, boosts the immune system, and more.

Learn more about the science behind journaling and all its amazing health benefits.

2. Journaling Provides a Lasting Impact

A lot of popular self-care ideas, like taking a bubble bath or having a treat, can be soothing in the moment but don't really offer significant long-term benefits.

In addition to being a relaxing activity, journaling boosts self-awareness and helps you get to know - and love - yourself more all day, every day. Journaling improves your relationship with yourself on a deep level that extends beyond that present moment of writing.

How to Start Journaling for Self-Care

If you're new to journaling, don't worry - it's super easy to get started.

First, you'll want to find a time of day that works for you - like including it in your morning routine.

Learn more about the importance of a good morning routine.

Journaling consistently at the same place at the same time helps it stick as a new healthy habit. When it becomes a habit, you'll keep journaling and get to reap all those great health benefits!

Learn more about how healthy habits help you thrive.

The next step is to find a journaling method that will keep you inspired. Our recommendation? Try journaling using a journaling app, like Jour. With Jour, you can journal any time, anywhere right from your phone - and we'll send you a reminder so you don't forget.

The best part? We give you personalized daily journaling prompts so you never run out of ideas about what to write, and help you track your mood and progress over time.

And finally... get to writing!

35 Journal Prompts for Self-Care

Now that you're fully convinced, here are 35 simple journaling prompts for when you're needing a little extra self-care.

  1. What are you looking forward to?
  2. What do others admire about you?
  3. What do you admire about yourself?
  4. Who's someone who has really impacted your life?
  5. List 3 things you love about your body.
  6. How do you put yourself first?
  7. What songs lift your spirits?
  8. What has the last year taught you?
  9. What are you uniquely talented at?
  10. What is the most challenging thing you've had to overcome? How did you do it?
  11. What always makes you smile?
  12. Who are you feeling grateful for today?
  13. How do you know when you've reached your limits?
  14. What's a new healthy boundary you could set this week?
  15. What was the highlight of your day? Week? Month? Year?
  16. List 3 things in your home that you appreciate.
  17. Who can you always turn to, no matter what?
  18. If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go? What would you do?
  19. What's your proudest accomplishment?
  20. Give yourself a sincere compliment.
  21. What helps you recharge when you're feeling down?
  22. What's your favorite childhood memory?
  23. What activities make you feel carefree?
  24. What goals are you working toward?
  25. In your wildest dreams, what do you hope your life will be like in 5 years?
  26. What's something interesting you've learned lately?
  27. What gets you through your darkest moments?
  28. What do you want to remember about this period of your life?
  29. What are you excited to do tomorrow?
  30. What's something you've improved at recently?
  31. What reminds you that you're strong?
  32. What reminds you that you're in control?
  33. What do you need to forgive yourself for?
  34. What helps you heal from burnout?
  35. How do you advocate for yourself?

Care for Yourself

Self-care is important. But with an overwhelming number of options out there, it's easy to get caught up in self care fads and trends that can be expensive and effortful.

Journaling is a super easy and cost-friendly way to engage in self-care. It's proven to offer lasting improvements to your mental and physical health, and even get to know yourself better.

So always remember - next time you're feeling low and need a little self-care? The Jour app is here for you with countless journaling prompts to heal and inspire.

Take care!