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Journaling Prompts for Beginners

Getting started with journaling can seem overwhelming, especially when you're staring at the pristine, blank pages of a new notebook.


You may wonder: Where do I begin? What do I write? What do I include and what do I leave out?


While you could simply start writing and let the thoughts flow, even that can pose a challenge at times.


Journaling prompts for beginners can be a helpful tool to ease you into the process. They provide a structured starting point, reducing overthinking and the feeling of being overwhelmed by a blank page.


Here are 20 journaling prompts for beginners to get you started:


Question Prompts


  • How am I feeling?
  • What do I need?
  • What am I looking forward to?
  • What is most important to me right now?
  • How can I experience more joy, happiness and/or peace in my life?
  • What changes do I need to feel healthier, happier and more fulfilled?
  • What do I feel I am currently lacking in my life? What do I need more of?
  • Where do I currently have too much excess in my life? What do I need less of right now?
  • Who or what do I need to let go of or at least distance myself from?
  • If I could change one thing about my present life, what would it be?
  • A recent source of joy has been...


Sentence Starter Prompts



  • I find pleasure in...
  • I feel most at peace/relaxed when...
  • I feel most loved when…
  • I am aware of...
  • I need stronger personal boundaries with...
  • I need to tell the truth about/be honest with…
  • I want/need to forgive…
  • I am regretting...
  • I am disappointed about...
  • I am resentful about...