Journaling is a great way to think about things that you have experienced, good or bad.

I find myself journaling the most when I am dealing with loss, or when I have experienced a big life change. I moved to a different state about a year ago, and journaling helped me think through what I was struggling with. That being said, the new year is here, which tends to make people reflective. The beauty of journaling is that it’s a private activity, so it doesn’t have to be high-quality writing, as long as it’s helpful to you.


One easy way to reflect is through writing about what you experienced over the last year.

I don’t usually make a new years resolution, but I really enjoy reflecting on the experiences I’ve had and trying to learn as much as I can from each experience. I do this throughout the year, but the new year is a great time to start new things because it feels like a new beginning. A few of the quick and easy journal prompts I have used are:

  • What was something that was a great success last year?
  • What was the most valuable lesson I learned last year?
  • What do I want to focus on in 2019? (People, mindset, belongings, etc.)
  • What was the best activity I did or best place I traveled to in 2018?
  • What resolutions will I stick to this year?
  • What goals do I want to accomplish in the next 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year?

I often think of journaling as quick and easy therapy because I have found writing my thoughts down so helpful in my mental health. I keep a notebook on my kitchen table in my apartment and write when I’m eating dinner or drinking hot tea at night. It’s a very relaxing way to spend the evening. It’s crucial that we take care of ourselves. That means getting exercise, eating healthy, and taking care of your mental health. So, Happy New Year, and happy writing!