18 Mental Health Related Writing Prompts

Whether you’re navigating loss, a bad day, or a new diagnosis these may help

When I first started journaling I had a hard time following other people’s tips on how to start and keep going. Often the journaling prompts felt out of place in the narrative of my own life. I didn’t want to write about the way the birds showed up at my window that morning because first I needed to get out of my own head, stop the spiraling thoughts, or understand how my grief was showing up on that given day.

I think the best part about writing prompts is that they are launching pads. They open a door that helps you, as a writer or as a human, start committing truths to paper that help you understand yourself better.

Below are just some of the prompts I use to sit down and have a conversation with my mind.

Tell me what color your heart is today…

Write about the last time you cried…

Write about the last time you didn’t cry, but wish you had…

Write about a memory that ties back to one of your five senses…

What is your favorite memory about someone you miss?

How would you explain your connection to the universe?

Write about your opinion on mortality…

Tell me what animal your anxiety is today…(usually mine is an elephant sitting on my chest)

Write about your go-to outfit for your worst mental health days…

Jot down what constitutes a “good mental health day” and a “bad mental health day”…

Write down how you would talk about your mental health to someone you knew loved you deeply…

Write down how you’re talking to yourself about your mental health or general being…

Section off a page into two columns, on one side write down everything your anxiety is telling you and on the other side write down truths that counter the lies…

Write down all the new words your grief has taught you and examples of how they help you connect with others…

Imagine a world where your mental health monsters were Monster Inc. characters, who would they be?

Jot down a list of ways you can ask for help for the days when literally saying “I need help” feels impossible…

On a post-it note jot down an affirmation 10xs. Do this for 3 different affirmations, place them in places you will be encouraged by them.

Write a letter to your younger self…include anything you want…

If you end up using any of these prompts and decide to share, I’d love to read what you wrote. Feel free to tag me.

I write about creativity, mental health, grief, and how to cope with life’s everyday challenges on VivNunez.com. Follow along on my Instagram for mini-essays on the same topics, and sign up for a weekly newsletter of encouragement.

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