Grieving the end of a relationship, especially a divorce, is stressful and emotionally draining. You may be feeling confused, overwhelmed and hurt. The length of time that you were in that relationship magnifies that pain. These Journal Prompts to Heal a Broken Heart are one way to help you begin the process of healing.
When we mourn the end of a relationship, it’s normal to miss your old life, your routines, stability. Yes, divorce is like a death without the funeral. Your old “normal” is gone! It is okay to mourn that loss.
In healing from the pain that comes with a divorce, we need to accept what has happened, let it go, and start to move forward. Journaling is one way to heal a broken heart and put the pieces back together to become happy, healthy, healed AND whole!
Journaling helps get your thoughts and feelings onto paper. You uncover those feelings and emotions, then work through solutions while writing. Physically writing down the pain you are feeling can also help you learn more about what you do and don’t want in your new life.
How Journaling Can Change Your Life
Journaling about what is most meaningful to you can boost your mood and enhance your sense of well-being. When you journal, you can write down positive thoughts, clarify personal goals, and keep track of your success.
Sometimes it can be difficult to start journaling, especially since there aren’t really any rules. Journal prompts give you a starting point to help get out all of the anger, pain, denial, betrayal and guilt that you may be feeling. The sooner you get it all out of your system and process those feelings, the sooner you can move on.
Try to push yourself to write every single day! It can be a single sentence, it can be about a new restaurant that you want to try. Make it a daily habit, then go back and reread old entries to see how far you have come. The future “you” will thank you!
15 journal prompts to help you heal a broken heart:
- Why did you break up?
- What things do I miss about the relationship?
- What can I do to give myself those things I miss?
- What do you not miss about the relationship?
- How did the relationship limit my life?
- What will be better about life without the relationship?
- What parts of myself do I want to change?
- Are there any parts of yourself you want to leave behind?
- In what ways can I show up for myself when no one else can?
- What do you need right now? What can you do to show up for yourself?
- How did I grow from the relationship?
- How can I grow from this breakup?
- What will I not tolerate in a future relationship?
- Describe your ideal day, what does it look like? What time do you wake up? What do you do after you wake up? What kind of activities fill your day? What can you do to create more ideal days in your life?
- Write down five things you feel grateful for each day.
Above all, remember that healing the pain takes time. Heartbreak is never easy. It is overwhelming sorrow, grief or anguish especially from disappointment in love.
However, journaling can result in many positive outcomes and improvements to your quality of life. Don’t run from this meaningful experience…Embrace it!
Journaling Tools to help you get started:
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