50 Night Journaling Prompts to Help You Put Your Thoughts to Bed

50 Night Journaling Prompts to Help You Put Your Thoughts to Bed

Having a handful of night journal prompts ready to use whenever you need them can be a very useful tool. When we think about journaling, we often think of it as something that’s part of a morning routine: Think morning pages as we sip a steaming mug of coffee and get our day off on the right foot with a little reflection.

While we’re all for journaling in the morning, there’s a huge benefit to journaling at night as well. When we get our thoughts from the day out on paper, we can clear our minds and get them ready for a restorative night of sleep. Plus, our memories from the day will still be fresh, so we won’t forget any important details. 

Here are 50 writing prompts for nighttime to incorporate into your daily routine that will help you fall asleep faster and get you one step closer to living your best life.

  1. What’s on your mind right now?
  2. What was the best part of your day today?
  3. What’s one thing that went right today, and one thing that went wrong?
  4. What’s something you did today that you’re proud of?
  5. What’s one thing you can do tomorrow that your future self will thank you for?
  6. Did you feel genuine connection today? If so, who was it with?
  7. When do you feel the most well-rested?
  8. What’s the most important thing you have to do tomorrow? How can you make sure it gets done?
  9. Write down three emotions you felt today.
  10. When was the last time you did something that took you out of your comfort zone?
  11. Write down five things you’re grateful for.
  12. Do you feel like you’re generally living in the present moment? If not, what’s stopping you? 
  13. Use one word to describe your day today.
  14. What’s something today taught you?
  15. When do you feel loved?
  16. What helps you stay focused, and when do you feel distracted?
  17. Write a letter to your younger self about how things went today. What would they be surprised by? Excited by? Disappointed by?
  18. What’s one thing you can do to help others?
  19. What does “living your best life” mean to you?
  20. What does your current evening routine look like, and how can you tweak it so it’s better aligned with your core values? 
  21. What’s something you need to let go of?
  22. What do you think your best friend would tell you about the thing you’re worried about right now? 
  23. Take a deep breath in through the nose and let it out slowly through your mouth. How do you feel?
  24. What’s something you feel guilty about? How can you work toward letting it go? 
  25. Name a person, place, or activity that fills you with joy.
  26. When do you feel the most like you?
  27. What does your dream life look like?
  28. What are your top goals right now? Are you actively working toward them? If not, why?
  29. What’s one thing that’s causing you stress right now?
  30. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
  31. What can you do to help you stay focused?
  32. When your mind starts to drift, what are you thinking about?
  33. What does the term “personal growth” mean to you, and how can you call it into your life?
  34. What’s one thing you know now that you didn’t know a year ago?
  35. In general, how are you feeling about tomorrow?
  36. What’s one thing that always makes you feel better after a bad day?
  37. Write down five great things that have happened in the past 10 years.
  38. What’s something in the near future that you’re really looking forward to?
  39. What patterns do you notice on nights when you have trouble falling asleep?
  40. What’s something you wish others knew about you?
  41. Name three little things you can do to make the next week easier.
  42. What’s your very favorite memory?
  43. What is your inner critic telling you right now? What can you do to silence him or her?
  44. How would you rate the current state of your mental health on a scale of one to ten, and what can you do to improve it?
  45. Did you complete the actions you set out to achieve today? Why or why not?
  46. Describe a place you visited where you felt really happy
  47. What is something you want to change about yourself? Why?
  48. What are your sleep goals?
  49. What do you want to manifest tomorrow?
  50. Name a guilty pleasure that you’re secretly grateful for.
Want more prompts? Here are 35 Journaling Prompts for Self-Discovery and Personal Growth and 40 Journaling Prompts for Beginners.
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1 comment

A fantastic list; thank-you so much for compiling. Look forward to tomorrow to do for a 2nd time
Do you recommend btw picking and choosing or trying to do them all (if you can?
Silk + Sonder replied:
It’s totally up to you! Picking one a week or so is great – until you get through them all :)

Vic Tor

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