The blank pages of a fresh journal can feel inspiring… or bewildering. But take heart: Journaling doesn’t have to follow any guidelines or rules. There’s no “right” way to do it! (It’s kinda like self-care in that way.)
And hey — if you’re the type of person who cringes at the word “journaling,” we totally get it. Hear us out: Journaling doesn’t have to be a precious throwback to your middle school “dear diary” days. Often, when we take the time to put our thoughts on paper, without condition or rules, we surprise ourselves with what comes up. Allowing ourselves to let the words flow can reveal patterns or insights that we hadn’t previously understood. Journaling isn’t always a revelation… but it definitely won’t be if you don’t give it a try.
Here are 10 journaling prompts to get you thinking about body acceptance, recovery, and wellness.
When was the last time you ate purely for pleasure? What food did you have? Were you with anyone? Do you remember what emotions and sensations you felt before, during, and after eating?
Is there anything in your life right now that feels like it’s draining you of energy? Can you make any shifts toward sustainability?
Who inspires you to live an authentic, vibrant life? What about them do you find admirable?
When do you feel beautiful? What things, people, or places make you feel insecure in your body?
We all have “food rules.” Where did you learn yours? Do you feel like they are serving you well, or stressing you out?
What does it mean to you to eat intuitively?
Name some of the fears you have about your body. Where did they come from? How can you find a little peace among them?
Do you find yourself judging others’ based on their physical appearance? Without berating yourself for this, explore why and where this practice is coming from.
Who are the people in your life who make you feel comforted and calm?
What does it mean to you to live freely and happily in your body?