Put Pen to Paper With 24 Mental Health Journaling Prompts, Because Starting Is the Hardest Part

Ever sat down to journal with the best of intentions, only to stare at a blank page for five minutes? Journaling can be calming, rewarding, good for your mental health, and even (dare we say) fun, but not if you don't know where to start. If you're journaling for mental health, the pressure gets even more intense to write down the "right" things or journal the "right" way.

Well, good news: there's no right or wrong way to journal, but if you're stuck with getting started, you've come to a good place. We asked therapists to share their favorite journaling prompts for mental health, and they delivered - big time. Your mental health will thank you, explained therapist Keischa Pruden, LCMHCS, owner of Pruden Counseling Concepts, because journaling allows you to see your thoughts and feelings on paper. "In many instances, writing allows a person to release negative emotional energy from their bodies and minds and makes room for positive energy and thoughts," Pruden told POPSUGAR. That positivity can create change in your everyday life.

So check out these prompts to focus your mind, then pull out some paper and your favorite pen, pick a prompt, and get started. It's not as intimidating as it seems, we promise.

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