Journaling Ideas: Free Writing Prompts for Venting or Clearing Your Head

Free Writing as a form of journaling is dumping all of your thoughts, writing them all down in a diary or a journal. Whether it be a physical journal, or a diary app on your phone, having an outlet to pour your thoughts and feelings into will be very beneficial for your mental health.

Journaling Ideas: Free Writing Prompts for Venting or Clearing Your Head

You shouldn’t crowd your brain with too many thoughts running at the same time. You also shouldn’t ignore or bottle up your feelings because they will eventually consume you and affect other parts of your life. These thoughts and feelings need somewhere to go. You have to get them out of your system on a regular basis. Unburden yourself from all the worries and clear your mind by freely writing everything down in a journal without any self-judgment.

I’ve written a couple of blogs talking about why you should start a journal, especially during quarantine, and how journaling has made a huge impact on my journey to self-discovery. For this blog though, I wanted to give you guys a bit of a boost to help you get your healthy journaling habit started!

Do not be intimidated by the idea of daily journaling because you don’t even need to be good at writing to have a journal. If you have no idea where to start or what to write about in your journal, try and shift your mindset. You don’t need to think about what to write about. You need to write about what you’re thinking instead. Free writing is all about opening yourself up to allow your thoughts to flow from brain to paper.

You can do this and I’ve just got some journaling ideas to help you out. Here are some Free Writing Prompts for Venting or Clearing Your Head to help you get started!

Free Writing Prompts for Venting or Clearing Your Head

Simply use any of these phrases and continue writing from there…

For venting:

Journaling Ideas: Free Writing Prompts for Venting or Clearing Your Head

Here are some phrases you can use when your head is about to explode, and you need to get things out of your system. Flush out toxic thoughts and don’t be afraid to go into all of the sordid details about why you’re feeling frustrated or in a sort of way. You also don’t need to make any sense at all, just go on and rant it all out.

  1. Here’s everything that went down…
  2. I cannot believe this happened…
  3. I shouldn’t have….
  4. Something happened today that made me feel…
  5. Everything sucks because….
  6. Life would be so much easier if…
  7. If things went my way for once…
  8. If only I could turn back time…
  9. If only I was brave enough…
  10. In a perfect world, I would…

The important thing is for you to be completely honest, even if you don’t like the things that are coming out of your mind. These are the things you need to say, but nobody actually needs to hear. Do not judge yourself because we are all human. This practice just helps you become more self-aware of how you perceive things that happen in your life and could also serve as a starting point for things you can work on for yourself in the future.

For worries or clearing your head:

Journaling Ideas: Free Writing Prompts for Venting or Clearing Your Head

The next phrases are primarily when you’re feeling burdened by worries or feeling hopeless about things that are out of your control. Overthinkers like me sometimes feel paralyzed by these thoughts, preventing us from seeing past the challenges. Hopefully, these phrases will help pinpoint our fears, settle down our anxieties, and also assists us in becoming more action-driven in overcoming struggles and difficulties.

  1. The one thing I cannot stop thinking about is…
  2. These are all of the things that could go wrong…
  3. I’m afraid that if things don’t get any better…
  4. The only way out of this is…
  5. I don’t know what to do, but I will…
  6. Here are all of my options…
  7. Here’s what I can do now…
  8. The next thing to do now is….
  9. I could turn things around by…
  10. I will do better by…

For good days:

Journaling Ideas: Free Writing Prompts for Venting or Clearing Your Head

There are good days and it is important to document these good days down in your journal as well. Let’s hold on to happy memories and practice gratitude every day. Life sucks most of the time, but there are still a couple of little things we can appreciate by continuing to live our lives.

  1. Things might be bad right now, but here are the things I’m grateful for…
  2. There are better days to come like…
  3. Things will be alright because…
  4. I’m proud of myself today because…
  5. The most exciting thing that happened today was…
  6. The brand new thing I learned today is…
  7. I can’t wait until…
  8. Here’s a memory I want to keep for the rest of my life…
  9. Here are the small things I accomplished today…
  10. I appreciate how…
Journaling Ideas: Free Writing Prompts for Venting or Clearing Your Head

There actually isn’t any goal for Free Writing so don’t feel like you have to come up with a solution or conclusion to your problem when you finished a journal entry. These writing prompts are just starting points to help open your mind up for thoughts to flow through. Once you develop free writing and daily journal as a habit, you’ll get to understand yourself more and find yourself being more active and more sure of the choices you make and how you want to live your life.

Whatever day you’re having, feel free to pick one Journal Writing Prompt that gravitates towards you and do whatever you want with it. Just rant all you want and be completely honest with your feelings. Remember that the point is not to be optimistic, but to be raw and vulnerable. Write, write and write everything down until you feel lighter like you’ve got all of the thoughts out of your system and down on paper.  Afterward, you’ll have a clear head to go and start your day; or close your eyes and finally go to sleep.

To a healthier mind for everyone and a pleasant journey toward self-discovery and conquering life one journal entry at a time!

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30 thoughts on “Journaling Ideas: Free Writing Prompts for Venting or Clearing Your Head”

  1. When I first started my blog, it is just mostly to vent, write my worries down, hoping that they will go away from my head when I put them somewhere else. I think I will benefit more with the good days prompt here because that’s what I struggle to write about the most 😀

  2. Agree, that’s a good way to let go and vent by writing and that’s why we are all doing this aren’t we~? Thanks for your insights and I hope it will help many others too! – Knycx journeying

  3. my first year of blogging is all about venting and story telling of my day to day life. literal na journal ko sya online na literal na public pero im sure wala namangaano nakakabasa nun kundi mga friends ko lang na nasa same space kami (tabulas). masarap ang feeling na nalalabas ang feelings!

  4. I started my Journaling journey when I was in high school. Use to do it to free my mind from all the teanage dilemmas that I have. Journaling help me a lot specially when I cant express my thoughts because people around me might judge my thoughts

  5. blair villanueva

    Back then, blogging is all in free-writing form, a digital form of your diary secretly hiding under our beds, very personal.
    I rarely encounter these kind of blogs anymore. They are more entertaining, and juicier though.

  6. These are such great prompts! I’m so ready to journal when I need to vent or when I’m having a bad day, but I rarely ever journal when I’m having great days. I definitely would like to start!

  7. Some great ideas for journaling here. Journaling is my new favorite thing and I am sure its due to that, that I have had some good fortune!

  8. Need! I’m trying to compose something for a client but I’m stuck. Thank you, this is very timely. I need it and am getting a lot of ideas already.

  9. I’ve also started writing in my journal again and it’s effective for me to track my goals and release my frustrations and write down the things I am grateful for. The prompts are constructive in a way, letting you realize you can do better despite the setbacks. Keep up the optimism and I will try to apply this in my own journal too 🙂

  10. This topic is helpful for those who always struggling in everyday life. Especially sa panahon ngayon na may pandemic. I tried it before and I can say na totoo talaga ito na nababawasan yung pag iisip ng lahat ng bagay.

  11. I should start journaling. I guess I just have to shake the part about writing cause honestly, I prefer to type even when I was young. But yun nga, yung biglaang thoughts, I’d want to be able to jot them down. Love that your list is all about having a thankful, positive mindset.

  12. ROCHELLE JIMENEZ

    You’re right po , It doesn’t necessarily optimistic in everyday writing journal, there’s also a bad or moody days just expressed all your thoughts ,what’s all mind just write it all down . It’s a big help to lighten up and clear your head. And do a deep sigh after that👍 😁

  13. Jenny labutap

    Done reading this blog po. This is very nice po and thanks for sharing this very helpful talaga lalo na sa mga taong mahilig mag sulat sa journal. Talaga pong nakakawala din ng stress kapag nagsusulat sa journal para bang dito mo naeexpress ang feelings mo.

  14. Apple Joy Camañero

    Thank you for sharing this po . Very helpful sa mga mhilig magsulat sa journal , para ma express natin ung feeling natin sa araw araw . Tlga nman dn nkaka tanggal ito ng stress . Specially my free journaling prompts pa 🤗❤️

  15. You don’t have to be a good writer to write a journal, you are right about this. A lot of people are discouraged to do this for this reason. What’s important is you are able to pour all your thoughts and clear your head.

  16. It’s been a while since I last wrote in my journal. I guess I was starting to lose the meaning of it all. I was also having trouble expressing my feelings in words. Thanks for these free journaling prompts. This was something I really needed as I feel like I was losing touch with myself.

    1. I love how positive you are. A lot of times we complain about the wrongs in our lives but we don’t talk about the good things that has happened in our lives.

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