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Journaling prompts for building resilience

Each month I host a free 'Journaling for well-being' workshop. It's 30 minutes of support and inspiration for your journaling practice. We focus on two techniques:


1 - Wild writing, a free-style journaling method.

2 - Utilising guided prompts around a particular theme.


The theme for the session was 'Building Resilience'.

“Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.” Psychology Today

Resilience refers to our ability to adapt, recover, and thrive in the face of adversity, trauma, or stress. Resilience is not about being immune to difficult situations, but rather about being able to bounce back from them and continue to function in a healthy and effective way.


Overall, resilience is an important characteristic that can help us overcome difficult challenges and thrive in the face of adversity. When you utilise the power of journaling, you can begin to see these thoughts right in front of us. We can then see patterns in our thinking, challenge our beliefs, and bounce back faster than ever before. Journaling is an incredible tool to allow you to become the most resilient, strong, and courageous version of yourself.


Try these prompts to deeply reflect on and build your own resilience:

  • Describe a current challenge you’re facing.

  • How have I moved through tough experiences before?

  • How have my challenges allowed me to grow?

  • What is my take on failure?

  • How have I overcome challenges in the past?

  • What practices and behaviours enable me to feel strong and capable?

  • What lessons have I learned from my past failures or mistakes?

  • How would I like to manage challenges in the future?

  • Think back to that current challenge, what is your approach now to this challenge?

If you find these prompts useful, why not come along to one of my free journaling workshops which take place monthly throughout the year - the details can be found here. Alternatively, you can download my free journaling toolkit to get your started.



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