Journaling has always been a keystone for self-discovery. From writing in diaries as a preteen to jotting down our thoughts as a mental health exercise, there’s something about putting yourself on a page that makes us understand ourselves just a bit better. Because of this, it comes as no surprise that using journaling for self-discovery is a popular practice in cultures across the world. 

By using your journal as a collection bucket for your innermost thoughts, desires, and emotions, you give yourself the power to come back later and look at your own processes from a different point of view. 

In this article, we’ll go over precisely why journaling is popularly used for self-discovery, as well as the benefits of using it for such, and gift you some writing prompts to help you get started. 

Here’s how to use journaling to discover your core self:



Why is Journaling Used for Self-Discovery?

In the mental health field, many professionals use something called “journal therapy” to help clients understand and identify where their thoughts are becoming issues. By doing this, the clients gain a unique perspective into their own heads and are able to solve many of their own problems.

Similar to this, journaling can be used to help with self-understanding and direction. For those of you who don’t know where to go in your career or personal life, using a journal can shed some valuable light on your situation. 

Who Benefits from Self-Discovery Journaling? 

While everyone in the world could stand to benefit from this unique method of journaling, the people who stand to benefit the most are those who are seeking direction in their lives. 

Commonly, we most often see it used for women in their 30s and 40s who know they are not the same women they were less than a decade ago. They may not have the clarity they need to pursue new passions and sometimes get caught up in the fear of not having enough time to make big changes (like switching careers or building new relationships). 

If you feel lost in life, like you need to re-discover yourself and re-establish what makes you feel happy and alive, then self-discovery journaling is an excellent way to do it!



Self-Discovery Journaling: How to Get Started

Now that you’re familiar with what self-discovery journaling is and how it can help you, you’re likely curious about how to get started with it. 

To begin, the only thing you need for this activity is a journal (or even just a piece of paper), a writing utensil, and your own thoughts. 

Some people begin by writing down their goals for the day, their thoughts about big issues they’re having, or the feelings they are experiencing. Starting from scratch, however, isn’t always easy. For those who have trouble choosing a starting point, self-discovery writing prompts are always an excellent way to go. 

Here are 10 self-discovery writing prompts you can use to fuel your journaling experience: 

  1. What is one of your earliest memories?

  1. What is one thing you regret doing + one thing you regret not doing?

  1. What do I want to change the most about myself? How do I come to love that part of myself first? 

  1. What is my biggest dream? (Don’t restrain yourself to what is possible—reach for the stars!)

  1. Five things I love about myself are______.

  1. What does ideal self-love look like for you?

  1. What are 10 things that a person who loves themselves will do daily? (Hint: Start doing them)

  1. What did I love to do as a child? How can I bring that back into my life? 

  1. What are five things that make me feel alive? 

  1. Who am I? (Dig deep for this one. Really flesh out who you believe you are). How can I be more “me”?



Final Thoughts

Self-discovery journaling is a topic that seems complicated on the surface, but it’s much simpler than you may think. You don’t have to have any special knowledge to get started—just a pen, paper, and yourself. 

Start your journal today using your own direction or utilize the prompts above to help you kick things off. If you find you have questions, our inbox is always open and we’ll respond as quickly as we can. 

We can’t wait to see who you’ll discover! 

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