When you feel stuck, unsure of who you are or where you fit in, especially in a new place,* journaling can help. If you haven’t journaled or it’s been awhile, it may feel awkward getting started. This is normal. Keep going. As a result, writing about your emotions and challenges will help you work through them and gain clarity.
I highly recommend writing by hand. Since we write slower by hand than type, your thoughts will slow down as well. And you’ll hopefully feel your stress level decrease and make better observations. Journaling is a practice. If you need help with what to write, use the below journal prompts.
Your journal is a safe space, so write without judgement. Remember, you’re writing for your eyes only. So legibility isn’t important. Commit to journaling daily, or at least 4 to 5 days for 10 to 20 minutes every week. Find a journal or composition notebook and pen. And let’s get started.
Start by reflecting on who you were at a younger age.
- What did you love to do?
- How would you describe your younger self?
- Are there characteristics that resonate with you now?
- Are there qualities you’d like to recapture?
- What are some of your biggest accomplishments?
- How about your most splendid fails?
- Any lessons learned from both accomplishments and fails?
Discover creative and fun things to do.
- Are there activities you haven’t done in eons that you loved?
- What do you enjoy now?
- Do you prefer small or large group activities or meeting one-on-one?
- Would you like to spend more quality time with people close to you?
- Would you like to be more involved in your community, meet new people?
- What sounds exciting to you?
- What drains your energy?
Lean into your emotions.
- How do you feel right now?
- How would you like to feel instead?
- What action can you take to starting feeling this way?
Decide what YOU want in this new chapter.
Feeling your emotions, however you feel, is crucial to getting to the other side of feeling like yourself again, unstuck and able to make decisions because you know what you want. These prompts will help you give thought to your past and present, and clarity into the things that you may and may not want to do next, in this new place.
If you’d like help and support on your journey of discovery and taking action, set up a complimentary session and let’s discuss. As a coach, encourager and accountability partner, my purpose is helping you discover your best self. Click here for more information.
*Place refers to the place where you live or your place, or chapter, in life.