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23 Prompts to Explore Regularly

The week can feel like one big blur. One day runs into the next, which runs into the one after that. Which is why writing can be tremendously helpful.

Even reflecting on your day and journaling about it for just five minutes can help you to savor sweet or important moments, and to see things anew. It can give you a refreshing, grateful perspective.

Reflecting on your inner-world is vital, too. Because how can you support yourself if you don’t know what you’re feeling, or what you need? If you haven’t paused to listen? How can you find meaning if you don’t stop to excavate?

Here’s an assortment of prompts, including questions and fill-in-the-blank sentences, to help you explore your internal and external landscapes:

  1. Today, I saw…. Today I smelled …. Today I tasted … Today I heard… Today I felt ….
  2. This inspired me ….
  3. Today the sky looks ….
  4. Write about what feels like home.
  5. Ask yourself every morning, “What would I like to learn today?” or “What am I curious about?”
  6. What felt magical today? (Hints or bits of magic totally count.)
  7. Write about a deep longing or yearning.
  8. Today I’d like to connect to ….
  9. I’m struggling with …., and I can support myself by ….
  10. What did I read today that resonated with me?
  11. Write about a stranger on the street, on the subway, or inside a store.
  12. What feels true right now?
  13. What if I slowed down?
  14. Was I present during most moments in my day, or was my mind somewhere else? Where was it?
  15. Write about something you’re excited about. (If you’re not excited about anything, schedule something to be excited about.)
  16. What bothered me about today? How can I improve it for tomorrow?
  17. What does my body want me to know?
  18. Write about an ache—and a balm to heal it.
  19. Find something silly you can laugh about. Alone or with a friend.
  20. Today I will let go of ….
  21. Write a three-sentence story about tonight’s stars.
  22. I remember ….
  23. What’s the best thing that happened today?

When we carve out just a few minutes each day to explore these writing prompts (or similar prompts), we give ourselves the gift of reconnecting to the world; of reconnecting to ourselves.

Photo by Kent Pilcher on Unsplash

23 Prompts to Explore Regularly

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2019). 23 Prompts to Explore Regularly. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 13, 2020, from


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