Do you ever feel like you’re not living life to its fullest potential? Are you stuck in a rut and don’t know how to get out? If so, it might be time to tap into your inner child. When we’re children, we are creative and playful by nature. We don’t care what other people think of us; we’re just happy being ourselves. Unfortunately, as we grow older, many lose touch with our inner child. We start worrying about things that don’t matter and stop having fun. But it’s not too late to change that! In this blog post, we will discuss 59 inner child journal prompts that will help you unleash your creativity and have some fun
59 Inner Child Journal Prompts
- What was childhood like for you?
- What did you need most as a child?
- How did childhood play help shape the adult you’re now?
- What things do you wish your younger self knew?
- Describe a typical day in the life of your inner child.
- Write about a time when you felt your inner child was neglected.
- Were there mixed periods in your childhood when things were sometimes good and bad?
- Do you need to deal with any unresolved issues or past trauma?
- List five things that bother you
- What do you wish you could let go of?
- Was your outlook on life as a child more pessimistic or optimistic than now?
- What activities did you enjoy as a child and now as an adult? And why?
- If you’d one thing to say to your parents or other adults in your life, what would it be?
- Were you allowed to express your feelings as a child or encouraged to suppress them?
- What things would you wish you could say to your child?
- What feelings do you hope your children will have when they reflect on your childhood?
- Who was your best friend at that age, and where are they now? Have you reconnected with them or thought about reconnecting with them?
- If the child version of you were standing in front of you now, what would you say or do to them?
- What happens when a child grows up feeling unloved?
- When you look at old photos or videos of yourself as a child, what things do you notice?
- What activity from your childhood do you miss that you could incorporate into your adult life now?
- What was a quality or personality trait from your childhood that you wish you still had?
- What things do you think are important for a happy and healthy childhood experience?
- What do you remember about school? What was the best part of learning back then?
- Do you think your teachers, your classmates, or the school system had a negative influence on you?
- Who was your favorite teacher? Why did he stand out from the others?
- Can you recall a moment when you projected your insecurities or anxiety onto others?
- When other people project your insecurities onto you, what do you think that says about their self-esteem?
- What qualities and behaviors were your family or authority figures praised or valued during childhood?
- What does your inner child need to hear to feel that you’re worthy of being loved, without conditions or limitations?
- Was there a particular event or age when you suddenly realized you were no longer a child?
- Do your needs come first, or are you always taking care of others and neglecting yourself?
- Many things contribute to a happy and healthy childhood. What things do you think are most important?
- Do you spend a lot of time thinking about the painful memories you experienced in your childhood?
- Did you have any specific beliefs as a child?
- Did you have a childhood experience of grief?
- How did you deal with a negative emotion?
- What do you think your future, wiser, healed version of you would be doing right now?
- What childhood experience has shaped the way you raise your children?
- What things scare your inner child?
- What things make your inner child feel loved?
- What things make your inner child feel safe?
- Who were the people in your life who helped you feel safe and loved when you were little?
- Do you keep items that belonged to an adult who made you feel safe and loved as a child? (Or maybe something he gave you?) Can you write about that person and that experience now, as an adult?
- Do you’ve something in nature that reminds you of someone who gave you security and love as a child that reminds you of that person today? Can you describe those things yourself now, as an adult?
- Is there something about how children use their bodies and move that triggers thoughts or feelings in you?
- What’s your biggest fear?
- If there were no consequences, what would you do today?
- What’s your most beautiful memory?
- Describe the best day of your life.
- How old were you when you first felt guilt?
- How old were you when you first experienced anger?
- How old were you when you first felt shame?
- When did you decide who you wanted to be when you grew up?
- What’ve people told you about who you should become?
- Who’re the people who’ve had the biggest impact on your life? Describe one of them. Why was this person so special to you? Was she kind or loving, or did she teach you something important about life or yourself?
- What kind of music does your inner child like best?
- What object in your home reminds you most of your childhood? And why?
- Write a map of the places you’ve lived- from birth to now. What memories come to mind when you look at each house or apartment?
How to Write a Diary About Your Inner Child
A diary is a record of events, thoughts, and feelings. It’s a place where you can record your deepest feelings and most intimate thoughts. Writing in an inner child journal can be like talking to yourself. You can write about things that are happening in your life or that happened a long time ago.
A Journal Is a Way to Express Yourself Honestly and Openly
Writing down your thoughts and feelings helps you understand them better and gives you time to sort out your feelings. It can also help you feel less alone when you’re going through hard times.
When you write a journal, don’t worry about grammar or spelling – just write whatever comes to mind. There’s no right or wrong way to keep a journal!
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Write down what’s important to you
- Your journal should reflect you as a person, so write about what’s most important to you. Write about what’s going on in your life or how you’ve felt – anything goes!
- The only rule is, to be honest. If it doesn’t fit with the rest of this section, please create another section for that topic (e.g., How to Write a Journal about Your Inner Child).
How to Heal Unconscious Past Trauma From Childhood
Sometimes, you may not be able to do it on your own. You may need the help of friends or loved ones, or even professionals. If you’re suffering from unconscious trauma from your childhood, you’re likely experiencing a range of negative emotions like fear, anger, guilt, shame, and more.
You Can Find a Therapist Who Specializes in This Type of Work
If you don’t know where to start looking, ask around or search online for therapists in your area who help people with these issues.
The therapist must have experience working with subconscious trauma and its effects on your mental health.
Your therapist should also be able to connect with you emotionally so he or she can understand what you’re going through and how to help your inner child heal through shadow work.
Sometimes, he or she may suggest hypnosis as part of the treatment plan because it allows them to access her subconscious mind directly without having to go through conscious thought processes first. Also, they can suggest directly into your subconscious mind that you can reprogram your authentic self with positive thoughts rather than negative ones.
Does Everyone Have Inner Child Wounds?
In my opinion, yes, everyone has inner childhood wounds. I believe we all have them because we all experienced big or small challenges as children. We all experienced something traumatic as children, whether physical or emotional abuse.
Some will claim that they didn’t experience emotional trauma in their childhood and grew up in a happy home with loving parents and siblings. While this is true for many people, there’s no way to know if someone had an emotionally difficult time in their childhood unless they tell you in person.
Often we don’t share our pain with others because we’re afraid of judgment, shame, and embarrassment. We may also be afraid of being abandoned if they learn what we went through as a child. Instead of sharing our pain with others, we lock it inside and carry it around like a heavy burden for a lifetime.
Inner Child Healing Can Help You Move Forward in Life and Find Inner Peace
By doing the shadow work necessary for healing your inner child, through inner child journaling or inner healing psychotherapy, you can learn to deal with your childhood trauma or negative emotions preventing you from moving forward. Inner child work can also help your self-discovery and work on your self-esteem and self-love.
Positive affirmations can also help reduce your negative beliefs about yourself and help you improve your positivity and mental health daily.