Journal Writing Prompts for April

April is here! Are you finding time to keep up your journal writing? Make writing in your journal a habit. Try to sneak a few minutes out of each day to get your thoughts down on paper (or type on the computer).

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Are you ready for new journal writing prompts? Check out the following 30 prompts for journal writing in April.

  1. How did March go for you, your friends, family, work, and home life? Write about your highs and lows of each area of your life.
  2. What do you want to accomplish this month? Make a list of at least 5 goals.
  3. What is your biggest dream for your personal life, work, family, etc.?
  4. Happy Easter! Did you celebrate? Write about your day.  How did you celebrate?
  5. Write a gratitude list of at least 10 things.
  6. Start a paragraph with the words, “Happiness is.” Then continue to write at least 2 paragraphs. Or make a list of 10 things.,
  7. Name a person or event that has made the biggest impact on you in the first 3 months of 2021. Explain your choice.
  8. What or who made you laugh today? What happened?
  9. Free write for at least 10 minutes. Or try a new goal of 20 minutes.
  10. What do you do to relieve stress? Why does this help you?
  11. Write about your day from an outside perspective.
  12. Think about all the people you encounter daily. Write down each person’s best characteristic trait that you admire. Then, write down a trait or habit you wish each person would change. Why did you pick these traits?
  13. Who gave you a compliment recently? What were the circumstances leading up to the praise? How did the compliment make you feel?
  14. If you could write a letter to your teenage self, what would you say? Remember the more details the better.
  15. Do you find yourself blaming others for your unhappiness? Who? Why? What can you do to change the situation?
  16. Do you worry about what others think about your personal life, work, family, or friends? Why does this bother you?
  17. If you could hold any job in the world, what would you pick? Why?
  18. What is your worst habit? Why? What can you do to change it?
  19. Make a list of your top best traits. (Yes, there are at least 10).
  20. Write about your day in intervals. What were you doing at 8am? 10am? Noon? 3pm? 5pm? 10pm?
  21. What amazes you about yourself, family, community, friends, or work? Is this a good or bad thing? Why?
  22. Was there a difficult moment in your life that later turned out to be a hidden blessing? Describe the event.
  23. Write about a recent news event. What happened? Why do you feel so strongly about this event?
  24. What do you do to show people you care?
  25. What past decision changed your life?
  26. What song always makes you turn up the radio to sing along? Why?
  27. What is your idea of a good day?
  28. What was your last vivid dream? What do you remember the most about this dream?
  29. What do you hope people will remember you by when you are gone?
  30. What are you looking forward to in May?

Self-Care Ideas for April

Are you engaging in self-care? Taking time out for yourself is essential for your emotional and physical well-being. Check out the following for ideas to help you engage in self-care.

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  1. Get Outdoors! Spring is here. The weather is improving. Go for a walk, go for a hike, or simply sit under a tree at lunch time.
  2. Buy yourself flowers. Or plant a few flowers in a pot.
  3. Deep clean your entire living space.
  4. Happy Easter! Eat the chocolate bunny.
  5. Take an afternoon nap.
  6. Practice saying “no” to extra work.
  7. Call or zoom a friend.
  8. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant.
  9. Turn the music up and sing along.
  10. Listen to an audio book.
  11. Go for a Sunday drive.
  12. Go on a picnic.
  13. Write in a journal.
  14. Learn a new craft.
  15. Take a virtual tour of a foreign destination.
  16. Write letters.
  17. Take a long hot bubble bath.
  18. Hang lavender from your shower head. Then take a long hot shower. The smell is amazing.
  19. Pray or meditate. (YouTube has excellent choices of music for meditation),
  20. Print photos off your phone and create a scrapbook.
  21. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  22.  Try a new dessert recipe. Or stop by your local bakery for a treat.
  23. Stay hydrated. Add fruit to sparkling water for a tasty treat.
  24. Volunteer as a dog walker at your local animal shelter or rescue.
  25. Cuddle under a cozy blanket and just relax.
  26. Get a new haircut. Or try a new hair color.
  27. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  28. Draw or paint.
  29. Create a mood board.
  30. Make bucket lists, one local destinations and the other for grander plans.

Self-Care for March

Self-care is critical to your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Do not hesitate to take time to nurture and care for yourself. Do you need some self-care ideas? Check out the following ideas.

  1. Get outdoors! Walk around the block, go on a nature walk, or go for a hike.
  2. Eat regular balanced meals (when possible)
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water.
  4. Before taking a long, warm shower, hang lavender in your shower. The smell will relax you.
  5. Keep a journal.
  6. Watch YouTube videos. (Cute animals or marriage proposals are always a good choice).
  7. Order takeout from someplace new.
  8. Draw (Stick figures count)
  9. Start a blog.
  10. Learn a new skill. From an instructional YouTube video to online classes, find something new to try.
  11. Take photos.
  12. Play a game.
  13. Binge-watch a new series.
  14. Pray or meditate.
  15. Take yourself out for lunch. (Yes, a drive-thru counts)
  16. Paint rocks to hide around your community.
  17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
  18. Do Yoga
  19. Do a craft.
  20. Celebrate the Spring Equinox (Buy yourself flowers).
  21. Create a vision board.
  22. Volunteer or donate unused clothing to a local shelter.
  23. Eat at a local mom-and-pop restaurant.
  24. Call an old friend.
  25. Do something for someone else; small gestures have a large impact.
  26. Color (Adult coloring books are available).
  27. Treat yourself to an in-home spa treatment.
  28. Do nothing for an entire day.
  29. Learn to say “no.”
  30. Create a local bucket list.
  31. Write a grateful list.

Self-Care Ideas for February

Between the winter months and the pandemic, self-care is essential for your physical and mental health. Even though your schedule may be chaotic at times, focusing on yourself will help alleviate stress. Try to set aside a little time every day just for you. Do you need some ideas for self-care? Check out the following list for self-care ideas for February.

  1. Stay hydrated at all times, drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
  2. Call (not text) a friend just to chat.
  3. Take a long warm bubble bath on a cold wintry evening.
  4. Go on a nature walk.
  5. Write in a journal.
  6. Write letters or send out homemade cards.
  7. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  8. Drink a warm beverage, herbal tea, or hot cocoa with marshmallows.
  9. Binge-watch a series of movies or your favorite television show.
  10. Meditate or pray.
  11. Listen to soft music while wearing headphones to tune out the world around you.
  12. Turn down the lights, light candles, or use flameless ones.
  13. Buy yourself flowers.
  14. Happy Valentine’s Day! Eat the chocolates.
  15. Go for a hike. Even if you are just starting, many trails are for beginners.
  16. Get take-out from somewhere new.
  17. Feed the wild birds, just to be outdoors for a few minutes.
  18. Do you have snow? Make a snow angel or build a snowman.
  19. Try a new workout regiment.
  20. Watch the sunrise or sunset without any interruptions. Put your phone on silent just for a short time.
  21. Take a nap.
  22. Try a new dessert recipe.
  23. Skip social media for a day.
  24. Do something for someone else.
  25. Get outdoors and take photos.
  26. Get crafty. Dollar stores have inexpensive crafting supplies to get you started.
  27. Try something new.

Self-Care Ideas for January

Self-care is essential for your physical and mental health. The winter months, social distancing, and other stressors make self-care a priority. Check out the following list of self-care ideas for January.

  1. New Year’s Day! Time to relax and count your blessings.
  2. Take a long nap or sleep in.
  3. Stay hydrated. Winter months are a perfect time to try herbal teas or other hot beverages.
  4. Indulge with a long hot shower or a bubble bath.
  5. Go on a nature walk.
  6. Write in a journal.
  7. Call a friend or your grandma.
  8. Write letters or thank you notes for holiday gifts.
  9. Go for a drive.
  10. Listen to loud music.
  11. Start or return to your exercise routine.
  12. Organize a portion of your living space.
  13. Meditate or pray.
  14. Get crafty.
  15. Spend an afternoon with a good book.
  16. Bring out your inner child and color in coloring books. Some of the adult versions are very interesting.
  17. Build a snowman.
  18. Go outdoors and take photos.
  19. Splurge and order pizza to go.
  20. Unplug from your electronic devices for an hour, an afternoon, or the entire day.
  21. Do a random act of kindness.
  22. Try a new recipe.
  23. Eat your favorite food.
  24. Buy yourself something. Warm, fuzzy socks are perfect for cold winter days.
  25. Make a playlist for quiet moments or bedtime listening.
  26. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  27. Drink hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows or whipped cream.
  28. Pamper yourself with an in-home spa day.
  29. Make a fruit smoothie.
  30. Create a vision board.
  31. Watch the sunrise or sunset.

Self-Care Ideas for December

The holiday season can be stressful. The ongoing pandemic and social distancing increase the strain on your daily demands. During this time, self-care is essential.

  1. Stay hydrated; drink plenty of water or herbal tea.
  2. Go for a long nature walk after a snowfall.
  3. Watch Christmas cartoons.
  4. Go hiking.
  5. Put up Christmas decorations.
  6. Play soft music and take a long hot bubble bath.
  7. Meditate or pray.
  8. Check out beginner yoga or workout videos. (YouTube is a great resource).
  9. Go for a ride and look at Christmas videos.
  10. Call or host a zoom meeting with old friends.
  11. Paint or draw a Christmas scene.
  12. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  13. Declutter a room.
  14. Snuggle under a blanket, sip a warm beverage, and binge-watch your favorite series.
  15. Do crafts.
  16. Keep a journal.
  17. Try a new recipe.
  18. Light candles (or use flameless ones) and put on your favorite playlist.
  19. Sleep in.
  20. Make a new playlist or Christmas one.
  21. Unplug from your devices for an afternoon or the entire day.
  22. Buy a small gift.
  23. Cut out paper snowflakes to hang on your windows.
  24. Christmas Eve—Watch It’s a Wonderful Life or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  25. Merry Christmas! Relax and enjoy your day.
  26. Play your favorite songs and sing loudly. If you have neighbors, you may want to sing in your car.
  27. Make your favorite food.
  28. Buy a bouquet of flowers to sit in the middle of your table.
  29. Spend a day reading.
  30. Write your New Year’s Resolutions or create a bucket list.
  31. Happy New Year! Toast 2021.

Self-Care Ideas for November

Daily demands, the pandemic, election coverage, and the upcoming holiday season can be overwhelming. Practicing self-care is critical to your overall health and well-being. Check out the following self-care ideas for November.

  1. Go for a walk (Nature walks are perfect this time of year).
  2. Take a long, warm bath or shower.
  3. Vote-make your voice be heard.
  4. Rent, stream, or purchase a movie from the 1950s, 1960s, etc.
  5. Take your dog for a long walk. (Don’t have a dog? Volunteer to be a dog walker at your local rescue or animal shelter).
  6. Create a new playlist.
  7. Practice saying, “no.” You do not have to take on extra responsibilities.
  8. Buy yourself something. You do not need to spend a lot. Go to your local dollar store. Buy yourself a candle, figurine, or a box of crackers. The choice is yours.
  9. Meditate or pray. Play inspirational music in the background.
  10. Go hiking.
  11. Make homemade hot cocoa to enjoy on a cold night.
  12. Order take out from a new restaurant.
  13. Spend an afternoon reading or indulge by re-reading your favorite.
  14. Get a new hair cute. Or learn a new style. (YouTube has lots of how-to videos).
  15. Call an older relative to just chat.
  16. Write a letter to a classmate from grade school, junior high, or high school. Reminisce about a favorite time.
  17. Go for a long drive. Play the music loud and sing along.
  18. Have a fall picnic. (Yes, having one in your living room with your dog counts).
  19. Spend an afternoon painting, drawing, or doing crafts.
  20. Start decorating for the Christmas season early.
  21. Give yourself a day to do nothing.
  22. Watch uplifting videos or watch Christmas shows on the Hallmark channel.
  23. Bake
  24. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  25. Make a gratitude list.
  26. Happy Thanksgiving! Eat dessert.
  27. Eat leftovers, stay in your pajamas (or comfy pants), and enjoy your day.
  28. Declutter or organize a space.
  29. Try a new recipe.
  30. Write lists, plans, and other details for the upcoming Christmas season.

Self-Care Ideas for October

October brings colder weather, longer nights, and Halloween. Focusing on yourself is essential for your health and well-being. Do you need some self-care ideas for October? Check out the following for inspiration.

  1. Get plenty of sleep, take a nap or sleep in when possible.
  2. Drink lots of fluids-water, tea, and maybe even a tall glass of apple cider.
  3. Buy yourself something new. (Yes, a dollar store Halloween figurine counts.)
  4. Take an extra-long hot shower or soak in a warm, bubble bath.
  5. Call a friend.
  6. Order take out from your favorite restaurant.
  7. Go for a walk to view the Halloween decorations in your community.
  8. Work out to a beginner’s video on YouTube.
  9. Unplug from social media for an hour, six hours, or an entire day.
  10. Grab your favorite fuzzy blanket and spend your Saturday reading a book.
  11. Write letters or send out Halloween cards with notes inside.
  12. Binge-watch Halloween shows.
  13. Go hiking
  14. Cook your favorite meal.
  15. Do Halloween themed crafts.
  16. Sip a warm beverage while stargazing.
  17. Use relaxing music to meditate or pray.
  18. Visit your local pumpkin patch. Carve and display your pumpkin.
  19. Give yourself a spa day-soak your feet, paint your nails, and apply a facial.
  20. Make a Halloween-themed playlist.
  21. Try a new food.
  22. Take a virtual tour.
  23. Keep a journal or diary.
  24. Go for a long drive and play the music loud.
  25. Take an online course. (There are numerous free courses or seminars available.)
  26. Eat your favorite soup on a cold autumn day.
  27. Take your dog for an extra-long walk. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to be a dog walker at your local shelter or rescue.
  28. Paint or draw a Halloween scene.
  29. Declutter a room, closet, or a junk drawer.
  30. Try pumpkin-related food or beverage.
  31. Happy Halloween! Give yourself a treat.

Self-Care Ideas for September

Welcome to September! The nights are bringing cooler temperatures. The chill in the air ushers in beautiful autumn colors. School, virtual or in-person, is starting. Schedules quickly fill up your day. But, taking time for yourself is essential for your well-being. Do you need some inspiration for self-care?

30 Days of Self-Care for September

  1. Buy a new journal and make entries every day.
  2. Watch the sunrise or sunset.
  3. Go hiking
  4. Read a book outside of your normal genre.
  5. Make a fall bucket list or a dream bucket list.
  6. Spend a day or afternoon doing nothing, just relax.
  7. Happy Labor Day! (USA) Find time just for yourself.
  8. Binge-watch a new series.
  9. Go for a nature walk.
  10. Do crafts
  11. Get extra sleep.
  12. Treat yourself to in home spay day.
  13. Go on a virtual tour.
  14. Spend time meditating or praying.
  15. Take a long hot bubble bath or shower
  16. Call an old friend.
  17. Make your favorite recipe or try a new one.
  18. Splurge and order take out.
  19. Watch YouTube videos. Check out gender reveals, marriage proposals, surprise military homecoming, or pets.
  20. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water or make a tall glass of ice tea.
  21. Turn up the music. Sing along to your favorite tunes or dance.
  22. Autumn begins. Get outdoors and view the colorful fall foliage.
  23. Declutter a room or closet. Or simply clean off the top of your desk.
  24. Find a new food to try, a different type of fruit or candy bar.
  25. Buy yourself flowers.
  26. Make yourself a warm beverage on a cool night.
  27. Go on a Sunday drive.
  28. Print out your photos on your phone and make a scrapbook.
  29. Get dressed up for no reason or stay in pajamas all day.
  30. Practice yoga or other light stretching exercises. (YouTube has number beginner videos).

Have fun and enjoy September!

Family Fun Month: Go for a Bike Ride

Are you still looking for summer activities to celebrate Family Fun Month? How about going for a bike ride? Going for a long bike ride with your family is a great way to get outdoors while maintaining social distancing.

Before you go, do a safety check. Carefully inspect all aspects of your family’s bikes, helmets, baskets, bike seats for young children, and all other features. A well-maintained bicycle is vital for your family’s safety.

Benefits of Bike Riding With Your Family

Riding bikes is an excellent form of physical exercise for you and your family. When you ride a bike, you burn calories, gain strength and balance. Along with improving your overall fitness, bike riding has other benefits for you and your family.

  • Quality Time: Bicycling is an excellent family activity for quality time. When you do activities as a family, you create a long-lasting bond.
  • Learning Experience: Bike riding as a family is a learning experience. As parents or guardians, you have the opportunity to teach your children the proper rules of cycling. Children learn proper hand signals, biking etiquette, proper helmet use, and other safety rules.
  • Unplug: Going for a bike ride gets everyone away from technological devices. Unplugging for an afternoon or day reduces stress and anxiety. Social media is a great tool. But often, all the information can be overwhelming. Being outdoors is essential to your health.
  • Socialization: Bike riding is a social activity. Encouraging conversation builds vocabulary and social skills. Children have the opportunity to bond with other young bike riders.
  • Eco-Friendly: Bike riding is good for the environment. As responsible caregivers, you have the opportunity to teach your children eco-friendly activities.
  • Creates Memories:  Engaging in family activities create lasting memories. Depending on the age of your children, stopping often may be needed. Resting in between cycling is a great way to view the world around you.

When was the last time you and your family went for a bike ride? The time is right to dust off the bikes and hit the road.