Journaling Prompts That'll Ease Your Stress

Often times, especially being college students, we are constantly finding ourselves in a funk. It’s easy to feel as if everything in our lives is continuously piling up, school is physically and mentally draining of all our energy, and it’s difficult to keep up with everyone and everything. My first tip to you is to slow down. Stop everything you’re doing, take a deep breath, and relax a bit. My second tip to you is to journal. Something that I’ve found that has helped a lot of people is writing down their emotions, thoughts, feelings, and essentially, anything they truly want to write about. As college and life can get a bit hectic from time to time, it’s always helpful to find ways to let all those emotions out. Here are some prompts to help ease your stress.

What are you thankful for?

Look around you: see the people you surround yourself with, what you have, the environment you’re in. There has to be something in your life that you feel thankful for. Writing down a list of what you’re grateful for can allow you to see the bigger, and better perspective of things. We live in a generation where it’s so easy to point out what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. Take a few moments of your day to point of all the great things that are in your life, and trust me, that’ll be a 100% mood booster for the day.

What would I tell my future me and my past me?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we. Think about who you were five years ago: Has time changed you? Would you consider yourself a different person than you were then? Do you still have the same interests hobbies? In reality, there are so many questions to reflect on in the past years, and it can be a great thing. You can write a journal prompt on what you would tell your past self and it’ll allow you to see how much you’ve grown in every aspect and how much you’ve accomplished. With that, you can also add a letter to your future self. Talk about the woman you want to become, your goals, aspirations, and inspirations. Your future self will thank you.

What makes me happy?

This is a broad question, but you can be as specific as you want to be. Now and again, we catch ourselves in that negative mindset that is bringing all our energy down. But how different would life be if instead of falling into that bad habit, we exchange it by naming all the things that make oneself happy. Write what makes you happy down, so when you find yourself in a funk, you can look back to that. And, you can always come back and add more things that bring happiness into your life.