Writing/journaling is such an important part of my self-care and healing process that it made sense to me to share prompts with you to try and inspire you to write more.
Journaling can be a very powerful tool in the healing process when it is done correctly and with focused intention. That is why for trauma survivors journaling prompts are so important. Too often, we can get lost in the weeds of our trauma when we free hand our writing (not that you can’t benefit from an occasional trauma dump into your journal) but with the help of prompts we can focus our thoughts and create a resource for reflection and data collection as you heal your wounds.
How Does This Work?
Take the following prompts and write each one at the top of the page in your journal for each day of the coming week beginning today. When you sit down to journal, remember to reflect on what you have already written to this point, and then write only about the prompt for the day.
This helps keep your thoughts focused as you process and unpack whatever the prompt manifests for you.
I hope this helps you create a seamless and beneficial practice for self-care and healing.
7 Days of Writing Prompts
This week we are going to focus on stress. In the following prompts you will explore how stress manifests in you, how you interact with it, how it sounds in your head, and what you do to manage it. Remember: be honest with yourself as you write for the best exploration, there are no wrong answers. Also, stop writing if the topic begins to feel unsafe and step away.
Make a list of the things in your life that are currently causing you stress. Next to each thing, write out the main reason you are stressed out about this thing.
Look at Sunday’s list of stressful things. Think about each thing or situation one at a time and write about how stress feels in your body. Where do you feel it?
Look at Sunday’s list of stressful things. Think about each thing or situation one at a time and write about how stress sounds in your mind. What are some of the things your stress tells you?
Do you believe that stress affects your ability to make decisions as your authentic self? Explore this question with honesty and write your thoughts/reflections on the whys or why nots.
Make a list of the things that help you relieve stress and relax. How often do you do these things, how much time do you give yourself? Look at your answers, do you prioritize your own self-care?
What do your personal boundaries look like regarding your time for self-care? If you find these lacking – write out a plan. What do your boundaries need to look like? Set an intention.
Do you fake it until you make it when you are stressed? Or do you recognize what is happening and begin employing self-care techniques? Write about your response to stress in detail and explore why and how you do what you do.
Reflect on your writing from the first few days of the week – when is the earliest time you can remember experiencing these feelings? Explore: how old are you and who is involved? Write about this childhood memory and look for connections in your present day responses.
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