We engage in many automatic behaviors throughout the day.  These are behaviors that do not require much thought and can often be done on “auto-pilot”, such as typing without looking at the keyboard, responding when someone calls our name, or being quick to anger. 

It can be helpful to slow down these processes by bringing them into awareness so that we can grow and change as needed. As we reflect on our behaviors and thoughts, we can gain more control and a better understanding of ourselves. 

One way to self-reflect is by journaling. You can write, draw, create poetry or visual art. Journaling is a way to download your mind and articulate your emotions, feelings, thoughts, imagination, observations, goals, and much more. 

Whether you are a regular journaler, new to the process, or maybe even a bit skeptical, here are some prompts that can help you start the process:   

  • What was the best part of your day/ week/ month/ year? 

  • What do you want to do more of?

  • What do you want to make time for? 

  • How do you determine which relationships are supportive/ depleting/  fun? 

  • What do you tell yourself to enhance self-motivation?

  • How do you replenish your energy? 

  • Who or what is hard to say no to? Why? 

  • What do you want to give up? 

  • Where do you utilize your strengths? 

  •  What do you want to be known for?