Journalling has become one of the most handy tools I’ve encountered for helping me cope with my mental illness and boost my mental health, especially since my BPD diagnosis. It allows for open expression and provides a private place to unpick issues and emotions that are sometimes difficult to articulate. It’s a great addition to therapy but can also be a great way to do some of your own therapy if therapy isn’t an option. It’s also a handy way to spot self-sabotage or self-destructive coping mechanisms and start to work on them.
I journal about all sorts, sometimes using prompts and sometimes not, but I thought I’d share a few of my favourite prompts when it comes to releasing negative thought patterns and cycles from my life. I love doing this at the end of a month, year or just when I feel that I have a lot building up that I need to let go of.
I’ve been adding to this list in my journal for a while, trying to create the perfect prompts for me to use when I know there are aspects of my life I need to find release in. These questions/prompts have been helpful to me on numerous different occasions – I use them to journal and pick through difficult emotions and situations in my life, to give myself a bit more awareness of the part I play in my own life and to regain some control when things start to feel like they’re spiralling. The great thing about lists like this is that I can come back to these prompts over and over again at different times in my life and they will present different answers and different issues but always leave me feeling a little more in control.
You don’t even necessarily need to use these as journal prompts – just sitting and thinking over these questions is enough to bring a little more awareness into your mind. It’s a first step – but the deeper we can dive into the uncomfortable parts of our lives, the more understanding we can find. We have more power than we know.
So here’s my little go-to list of 6 journal prompts to help me release what no longer serves me:
What unnecessary baggage am I still holding on to?
The biggest fears holding me back are…
What toxic cycles do I still experience?
Which habits would I like to let go of?
What situations do I want less of in my life?
What are my go-to ‘self-destruct’ behaviours?