50 Healing Journal Prompts (Because You Deserve To Heal)

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The truth about healing is that it’s hard. Pain and trauma are difficult to experience, deal with, and heal from.

But we need to heal in order to be truly happy in this life.

You can live in survival mode– after all that is what survival mode is for. But surviving is not the same as being happy, and healthy.

In order to experience health and happiness we need to feel safe.

And we can’t feel safe with unhealed wounds like trauma anymore than we could feel safe in a burning house.

Journaling gives us a safe space to reflect, process, and release whatever we are holding onto and to heal any parts of ourselves that are still hurting.

Holding onto trauma can have so many negative effects on us like anxiety, depression, a dysregulated nervous system, chronic illness and so much more.

In order to release that trauma we have to feel that pain instead of avoid or suppressing that pain, which is why journaling is such a valuable tool.

But many of us may not know where to start when it comes to using journaling for healing.

That is why I put together 40 healing journal prompts to help.

Healing Journal Prompts

  1. Do you believe you’ve let yourself down?
  2. What can you do to begin to forgive yourself?
  3. How do you feel about yourself right now?
  4. What are your most common emotions or feelings?
  5. What is your biggest fear about your future?
  6. Are there feelings you are scared of experiencing because you are afraid they are too hard, painful, or difficult?
  7. Describe a struggle or experience that you are holding onto and are ready to let go of today.
  8. What feelings or thoughts have you been keeping inside because of that experience or struggle?
  9. Does holding onto that negatively impact you and your life? And if so how?
  10. What feelings or thoughts would you like to replace the ones you have been feeling with?

Journaling Prompts For Healing

  1. During your bad days what do you wish you could remember?
  2. Is there something you would go back and tell yourself to prepare yourself for what you’ve gone through?
  3. What do you long for?
  4. What makes you feel scared or sad?
  5. What makes you feel happy and safe?
  6. When do you feel most calm and peaceful?
  7. What kind of person do you want to be?
  8. What are some important things that you have experienced on your healing journey so far?
  9. If you were speaking to a friend, what encouragement would you give to them?
  10. What things can you do this week to help your healing?

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Self Healing Journal Prompts

  1. Where would you like to be in your healing journey in a week, a month, a year, and 10 years from now?
  2. Who do you want to be?
  3. Is there something you would love to do, but don’t feel confident enough?
  4. What kind of person do you not want to be?
  5. Is there something in life with that you need to ask for help with?
  6. When is the last time you cried in public?
  7. Do you think displaying emotion in public is a weakness?
  8. What do you think is stopping you from getting what you want in life?
  9. How can you show yourself more kindness?
  10. Who can you trust enough to be vulnerable with, and why?

Journal Prompts For Emotional Healing

  1. What does forgiving someone else mean to you?
  2. If you’ve suffered because of someone else’s words or actions, write about the event from their perspective.
  3. Think about each experience you want to heal from and then write “If that had never happened…” and write down whatever comes to your mind.
  4. How has what you’ve been through influenced your relationships, work, self-worth, confidence and other aspects of your life?
  5. In what areas of your life do you feel ungrounded?
  6. If you couldn’t experience fear, what would living your best life look like to you?
  7. Do you have a support system? What does their support look like? What does it feel like?
  8. What coping skills have you developed for when you feel stressed or anxious?
  9. What new things have you learned about yourself during your healing journey?
  10. What does unconditional love mean to you?

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Writing Prompts For Healing

  1. How can you use your pain to help other people?
  2. Who do you know that has gone through something similar?
  3. What are some unhealthy ways you have used to process your pain?
  4. Describe an experience that made you stronger
  5. Is there something you can remove from your life that would get you closer to healing?
  6. Is there something you can add to your life that would get you closer to healing?
  7. Write a letter to someone that you need to forgive
  8. Do you find it easy to admit to your mistakes?
  9. What is something that brings you stress that you have trouble letting go?
  10. Are the effects of your trauma or pain negatively affecting the people around you?

Final Thoughts On Healing Journal Prompts…

Journaling can be extremely helpful when it comes to helping you heal. It also gives you the flexibility to journal in whatever way you feel the most comfortable.

Not only is there many different types of journaling, but you can also journal as often as you feel comfortable, and anywhere you like.

You can also use journaling to help you manage your stress, or any difficult situations as they happen by journaling about your feelings in real-time.

Although journaling may not be for everyone, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try.

And who knows, you might discover the most valuable tool of your healing journey.

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