September Journaling Prompt
September's journaling theme is recovery, and by recovery I don’t mean fixing something that’s necessarily broken, I mean actively working each day to improve your quality of life. Whether you’re recovering from anxiety, depression, addiction or a broken leg, these are some questions to ask yourself through the month of September.
1st. Write out a sleep tracker and a mood tracker like the one photographed. Try to make a note every day so you’ll be able to notice a pattern by the end of the month.
2nd. On a scale of 1-10 [1 being awful and 10 being great], rate the following: confidence, energy level, trouble with intrusive thoughts, difficulty eating.
3rd. Talk a little bit about what you're struggling with most at the moment.
4th. Write out a brief timeline of your life and highlight anything that may have contributed or relates to this. Do you notice anything?
5th. What would life be like for you if this wasn’t an issue?
6th. How have the challenging events you’ve dealt with in your life had an impact on the way you see yourself?
7th. Imagine your life one year from now, what are some realistic goals to work on relating to this? For example, if you’re recovering from an eating disorder, your goal may be to go out for a meal with some friends and feel okay afterwards.
8th. What can you do to achieve those bigger goals? E.g. eat something small in front of someone you trust every month.
9th. Think about the the way your thoughts and feelings influence your actions, do you notice any patterns? E.g. you see an advertisement talking about the perfect body > you feel crappy about your body > you continue perusing destructive behaviours.
10th. Pinpoint some of your triggers, if they are in your control, what can you do to stop them? If they are out of your control, what actions can you take to make it easier to deal with?
11th. Negative thought cycles can result in a downward spiral until there is a quick cut off - think of some things that can be your cut offs? E.g. brush your teeth, have a glass of water and start again.
12th. Look at your social media platforms - are the people you’re following helpful or hurtful towards your recovery process? Try doing a social media spring clean and write down what you’ve done.
13th. If you can, have a little tidy of your living space. When you’re done, write down a checklist if that helps and tick everything off as you go.
14th. Talk about a place that makes you feel safest, this can be multiple places, past or present. Where is it? What makes it feel safe?
15th. Are there any characteristics of your safe space that you can bring into your home/ day to day life? Can you turn your bedroom into a safe space? If so, what do you need to do to get there?
16th. Go outside with no distractions, take your notebook and write down 5 things you can see, feel, hear and smell - draw it if you’d like to. If you can't go outside, sit by a window for a few minutes.
17th. Sitting in your personal space, write down 5 things you can see, feel, hear & smell - daw that if you’d like to.
18th. Plan out a self care day, or afternoon for yourself to enjoy at some point this month. What does it include?
19th. Write out a to do list for this week, it may be one thing, or 10 - try not to overwhelm yourself but work your way through it.
20th. What are your favourite things about yourself?
21st. Try to imagine being someone you really care about, how would they describe you? Looks? Personality? Hobby?
22nd. What gets you excited about life?
23rd. Look back on your to do list from last week - did you manage to complete everything? What worked? What didn’t?
24th. Write out another to do list for this week, write them out in smaller tasks and see if that works better.
25th. What are five of your favourite sights, sounds, feelings, tastes & smells?
26th. Have a look online for a quote that resonates with you. Why have you chosen it?
27th. What can you do this month that will make you proud in a year?
28th. On a scale of 1-10 [1 being bad and 10 being great], rate the following: confidence, energy level, trouble with intrusive thoughts, trouble eating.
29th. Have a look at your sleep and mood tracker - what do you notice?
30th. Write a letter to your younger self, what would you say to them if they were dealing with what you’re dealing with now?