10 Prompts for Self Reflection

Despite how often I wish I were a journaler, the simple fact is — I’m just not. Every time I sit down to journal, my wrist cramps, my mind wanders and, eventually, I give in to Netflix. Yes, I love writing, but I don’t particularly love putting pen to paper. In hindsight, this is probably why I quickly retired January’s goal of journaling more often.

Thankfully, there are ways to be reflective that don’t require you to go full Sylvia Plath mode. Personally, I feel most self reflective in therapy, deep conversations with friends and nature. But I’ve also learned that sometimes it’s hard to step back and evaluate where you are emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically — especially when you’re in the midst of a challenging period of life.

Recently, I brainstormed 10 prompts that help me with inner reflection. These prompts are evergreen and give me the gentle nudge I need to get contemplative, release stress and reflect. I hope they’re helpful for you, too!

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  1. What are 5 things you like/dislike about this specific time in your life?

  2. What is currently bringing you joy? What makes you feel most content/happy/full?
    How can you do more of these things?

  3. What is currently depleting your joy? How can you let go of these things?

  4. List 7 characteristics of the people you love most.
    How can you emanate these qualities in your day-to-day life?

  5. What are 3 things you love most about yourself? How can you strengthen them?

  6. What does it mean to live authentically? How are/aren’t you working toward living an authentic life?

  7. What makes you unique? How can you use your talents and gifts to uplift others?

  8. If you were to write a letter to yourself 1-year from now, what questions would you have?

  9. How do you hope someone else would describe you?

  10. What drives you? Have your motivators changed in the past few months? In what ways?