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 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 doing some shadow work. It is time to explore a little bit more deeply and walk into some discomfort as you search for answers, for connections, and for healing.
What is one of your biggest triggers? How does it manifest physically and what does it feel like in your body? Lean into it and explore what fear, or hurt it is protecting.
When you think about emotions like anger, jealousy, betrayal, rejection – what is the one emotion you dislike feeling the most? What does it remind you of when you feel this emotion? Explore childhood experiences for connections.
What types of behaviors from others do you find yourself judgmental over? How does your judgement manifest? What do you think it is about this behavior that causes you to pass judgement?
When was the last time you felt let down by a person or situation? Do you believe that your emotional response was from a place of True Self, or do you believe upon reflection that you were operating in a triggered state?
What makes you feel empty and how does this emptiness feel in your body? How do you fill the void you feel during these times? What are a couple healthy strategies you can use to manage these feelings when they arise?
Think about a relationship you have made the choice to walk away from, friend or family. Make a list of all of the benefits of this decision to put yourself first.
What is one of your biggest fears as you heal your childhood wounds? Think of one or two ways you can expose yourself to this fear in a safe manner which allows you to face it and move through it?
When it comes to your relationships with others: do you feel less than, more than, or equal to those you interact with? Explore your response and have an honest conversation with yourself about why you believe you feel this way.
Purchase these prompts in a ready to use downloadable E-Journal
E-Journal #13: Shadow Work – A 7-Day Guided e-Journal to Aid Your Healing Journey
Level up your journaling experience with this 16-page downloadable Shadow Work e-journal with focused writing prompts to aid you in childhood trauma healing and recovery.
Perks for Journaling Lovers:
Check out the monthly Journaler’s Membership packed full of value and tailored for those who love journaling. It includes weekly prompt downloads, access to the Journaler’s Nook, and discounts on classes and workshops.
Join my Journal Prompts Email List
Get your weekly prompts directly in your email with updates from me on Sundays and never miss a post!
Wishing you strength as you heal, and happy writing.
- Survivors Circle Online Peer Support Group
- 1-on-1 Peer Support Sessions
- Monthly Memberships
- Guided Journals, Blank Journals, & Notebooks – written and created by Surviving Childhood Trauma