Chronic Illness Journal Prompts

24 chronic illness journal prompts to inspire and guide your journaling journey.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about chronic illness journal prompts?

It is often thought of as only about tracking symptoms and pain. But chronic illness journaling goes much deeper than that.

Journaling is a wonderful tool. It’s a stress reliever and a way to release feelings. Journal prompts help reveal issues that chronic pain may have distracted you from dealing with.

24 Chronic illness journal prompts created to help you release stress, think about things pain has distracted you from, and more!
24 prompts to inspire and guide your journaling journey.

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Why I use chronic illness journal prompts

Chronic illness life is exhausting. By the end of the day, my brain is fried, or I purposefully avoid thinking about the troubles my chronic illnesses caused. Mornings aren’t much better. It takes a while to clear the cobwebs from my brain.

Prompts are great for helping the newly diagnosed find their new normal. Prompts give us something to focus on. They also force us to think about issues we may not want to address but need to. These are just a few reasons I created prompts for myself and decided to share them with you.

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Benefits of journaling

Journaling has many benefits, such as:

  • Reducing stress
  • Possibly improving health and well-being
  • Releasing negative thoughts
  • Providing a way to process feelings
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • A great way to get to know yourself better!
The Disabled Diva's Chronic Illness Journal Prompt Bingo Challenge. Download Free Printable PDF Here.
The Disabled Diva’s Chronic Illness Journal Prompt Bingo Challenge. Download Free Printable PDF Here.
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Journal Prompts

  1. How am I feeling today?
  2. The person I admire the most is… because….
  3. Things I am grateful for in 2022
  4. The best advice I ever received was…
  5. Write a love letter to myself….
  6. What do I love most about my body and why?
  7. One year from now I will be….
  8. My biggest fear is…
  9. Do I believe in luck?
  10. What are the things I want most in life?
  11. My unforgettable memory would be?
  12. My favorite books are….
  13. Five places I want to visit…
  14. My current bucket list is….
  15. How I wish people saw me….
  16. I can’t stand people who are…
  17. Things that make me super happy are…
  18. The most special present I have ever received was… because…
  19. My favorite quote is…
  20. 30 facts about myself are..
  21. 10 songs that I love right now
  22. Five things that melt my heart
  23. Changes I want to make in my life
  24. Something that I really miss is…

Click here for a printable list.

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How to use chronic illness journal prompts

How you use my list of journal prompts is entirely up to you. Journaling with pen and paper is my preferred form, but you could also create a digital diary with your computer or phone.

Whether you follow the prompts in order or pick them randomly, each day will give you something to think about. Don’t feel like you have to fully address the prompt in one journal entry. If a topic stirs up a variety of feelings or things you wish to write about, extend the coverage over several days.

If you are worried about journaling taking up a lot of your spare time, decide on an amount of time you know you will commit to. Then set a timer to keep on track!

How to get more of The Disabled Diva’s prompts!

The chronic illness prompts I am sharing today are the first in a series to be released over time.

All future prompts of the week will be delivered to subscribers who join this list before they are released to the general public.

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Happy Journaling!

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Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

2 thoughts on “Chronic Illness Journal Prompts

  1. What a practical idea. Never thought about it, to make a list like this If you don’t mind, I made a copy and maybe use one of the prompts now and then

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