It is interesting how when you actually write things down, your brain is better able to process and make connections as opposed to the thoughts running wild in your head. Scientific research has shown that journaling or expressive writing really does have a positive effect on both physical health and mental and emotional well-being. It can help you reduce stress, manage anxiety, and cope with depression.
Best of all, anyone can participate in this beneficial exercise whether you want to do it regularly or just once in a while. So, grab a pen and paper or open a blank document on your computer, and get ready. Here are 10 prompts to help you brain dump positive thoughts.
10 Prompts to Help You Brain Dump Positive Thoughts
1. What makes you unique?
2. Write a letter to someone who supported you through a scary or challenging situation. Let them know what they did and what it meant to you. You can choose to send this to them or not.
3. Finish these as their own sentences for each of the senses. Joy and wellness look like… feel like… sound like… taste like… and smell like…
4. What qualities do you want in a friend? List and explain your top 10 picks. Which do you see in your friends? Which do you see in yourself as a friend to others?
5. Make a list of the successes you have experienced throughout your life – big and small. Go back through each one and write about why it’s meaningful and important to you.
6. What are your best character traits? What skills are you really good? Now, how can you share these with the world?
7. Looking back at your last week, who made you feel good? What did they do? Bonus: How can you express gratitude to them for this?
8. What activities make you feel energized? What do you enjoy about them? How long do they take? Where can you schedule in more time in your life for these activities?
9. What is your wildest dream? What steps would a person need to take to achieve it?
10. Take a few minutes to imagine your ideal world, then describe it.
Do you ever journal or write expressively?