Therapeutic Writing Prompts to Inspire Your HS Blog

So you signed up for our support site, but don’t know what to write about in your blog? Hit a little writers block while writing your latest update? Have something you want to get off your chest but don’t know how? Need an idea to help you get started writing?

You’ll find tons of fun writing prompts here – I have come up with nearly 200 writing prompts that you can use to inspire your next blog entry. I covered a wide range of topics while keeping the prompts within the support/self growth spectrum.

Whether you are beginning a new therapeutic journal or simply giving your writing muscle a workout, these prompts are perfect to get your creative juices flowing.

Finish the thought:

⦁ Today I feel…
⦁ I’m so happy I have…
⦁ I fear…
⦁ I feel challenged by…
⦁ A wonderful thing that happened today…
⦁ If I had the courage, I would…
⦁ Often times I wonder…
⦁ I showed a lot of strength when…
⦁ Sometimes I imagine…
⦁ I’m embarrassed that…
⦁ My greatest achievement in life is…
⦁ If my body could talk, it would say…
⦁ I feel happiest in my skin when…
⦁ I feel proud of myself when…
⦁ I feel safe when…
⦁ I forgive myself for…
⦁ I no longer need…
⦁ If I could give my teenage self some advice, I would tell her/him…
⦁ The last positive thing I was a part of…
⦁ Today I accomplished…
⦁ Ten things that bring me peace are…
⦁ I deserve love because…
⦁ Five things I’m grateful for today are…
⦁ My perfect day looks like…
⦁ A beautiful person is…
⦁ The words I’d like to live by are…
⦁ I couldn’t imagine living without…
⦁ When I’m in pain — physical or emotional — the kindest thing I can do for myself is…
⦁ I really wish others knew this about me…
⦁ I have the most incredible…
⦁ When I walk into a room people feel …
⦁ It’s very easy for me to __because I’m so …
⦁ I will continue to kick ass at __ because I can’t stop being …
⦁ My favorite way to spend the day is…
⦁ The two moments I’ll never forget in my life are… Describe them in great detail, and what makes them so unforgettable.
⦁ Three things I value about myself are….
⦁ Five things I am grateful for today…
⦁ I feel like myself when…
⦁ I need more…
⦁ Something I would love to do but I’m not sure I can is…
⦁ Three things that my ‘best self’ would do that I’m currently not are…
⦁ Three things I did today that moved my closer to my dreams are…
⦁ I feel amazing about myself when I…
⦁ I feel crappy about myself when I…
⦁ The kind of person I am not is…
⦁ My intuition speaks to me by…
⦁ If I eat when I’m not physically hungry, it’s because…
⦁ If I was given $50,000 I would…
⦁ I feel most feminine/masculine when…
⦁ I’ve been putting off…
⦁ I would love to get some support with…
⦁ I feel most energized when…
⦁ Something about me that I really would like to see my children emulate is…
⦁ One thing nobody knows about me is…
⦁ If I looked deep down to the very depths of who I am, I trust that I would find…
⦁ The thing I would most like someone to remember about me is…

Questions:

⦁ What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
⦁ What emotions do you feel or associate with confidence?
⦁ What are questions to which you need urgent answers to?
⦁ What qualities do you deserve in a romantic partner?
⦁ What positive character traits do you have?
⦁ When was the first time you were confronted with a part of yourself you didn’t really want to acknowledge?
⦁ What is a quality you have that you fear?
⦁ What parts of yourself are you holding onto that no longer are a true part of who you want to be?
⦁ If confronted with your fears or worries from five years ago, what would you tell yourself?
⦁ Is joy different than happiness?
⦁ How do you pursue happiness each day?
⦁ What are your favorite inspirational or happiness quotes?
⦁ What is the biggest influence in the happiness in your life?
⦁ What will you accomplish in the next five years?
⦁ Why do you think it’s important to have high self esteem?
⦁ Who appreciates you?
⦁ What makes you unique?
⦁ What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?
⦁ How do you indulge yourself? How can you indulge yourself more often?
⦁ Who are your role models/idols? How are you already like them?
⦁ What is ‘enough’ for you?
⦁ What would your teenage self love about you now?
⦁ What does your best friend brag about when she talks about you?
⦁ What makes you feel strong or invincible?
⦁ What are times that make it very difficult for you to say “no” and what are some default responses you can come up with for next time?
⦁ What is an area of life you could use help with and what are some resources you could utilize to get assistance?
⦁ What are you good at helping other people at?
⦁ What parts of yourself don’t feel compatible with being a parent? What parenting parts of yourself do you hide from the rest of the world?
⦁ What do you wish people just accepted about you?
⦁ What did you love to do as a kid? Can you incorporate that in your life today?
⦁ What songs make you happy?
⦁ Whats your favorite way to get out of a bad mood?
⦁ Who in your life makes it most easy to be yourself? What do they do or say that makes you feel like it’s ok to be you?
⦁ What parts of yourself do you regularly hide from others?
⦁ When are you choosing to put on a show and when do you feel like you must put on a show? Do you enjoy this part of interacting with people? What would the consequence be if you didn’t put on the show? What do you believe would happen if you showed the world who you truly are?
⦁ What is something you need to let go of?
⦁ What area of yourself is it hardest to receive a compliment about?
⦁ When was the last time you were a badass?
⦁ What would actually change if your body was “perfect”?
⦁ What did you want to do when you were kid? What does that say about who you are now? Is there a part of that you still want?
⦁ What do you love about your life?
⦁ When does your physical body feel happy?
⦁ How can having a positive attitude change my life?
⦁ What does unconditional love look like for you? What would you do if you loved yourself unconditionally? How can you act on these things whether you do or don’t?
⦁ What’s surprised you the most about your life or life in general?
⦁ What can you learn from your biggest mistakes?
⦁ Did you do something recently that made you laugh at yourself?
⦁ Who inspires you and why?
⦁ What can you do to inspire others?
⦁ One of the character traits I really value in people I meet is… How do you practice this trait in your own life?
⦁ What does your child do that pushes your buttons very strongly, making it very hard to react in any kind of calm manner? What part of you or your past does your child’s actions remind you of?
⦁ What’s one topic you need to learn more about to help you live a more fulfilling life?
⦁ What is the most sick you have ever been? What caused it and what did you have to do to recover?
⦁ Have you ever feared for your life during an injury or illness? Talk about those feelings and if you haven’t, create a story in which you felt close to death. What happened and how did you make a complete recovery?
⦁ You have been given a magical healing ability to heal various wounds and illnesses. How do you go about implementing your power throughout your family and community?
⦁ What are your morals? What is important to you ethically? Think about things that are unbending parts of your value system that you refuse to compromise and then explain why.
⦁ What always brings tears to your eyes?
⦁ What does #HSAWARENESS mean to you?
⦁ If there was one thing you could help people understand about your illness or pain, what would it be? How would you describe it to people?
⦁ What is the most frustrating part of your illness or pain? What do you do with that frustration and how could you move through it?
⦁ Describe what it is like to live in your shoes for a day. What is your day like from beginning to end?
⦁ What part of your illness or pain is most difficult for people to understand?
⦁ What truth from Scripture has most helped you move forward on difficult days?
⦁ What is your perspective regarding what Scripture says about physical healing? How can you relate this to you and your daily life?
⦁ What words do you most need to remember on your bad days? Write them out so you can come back to them when needed.

Other:

⦁ Write about a moment experienced through your body. Making love, making breakfast, going to a party, having a fight, an experience you’ve had and describe how Hidradenitis Suppurativa has or has not affected that.
⦁ Write a pep talk to give yourself the next time you feel sad, upset, or full of doubt.
⦁ Write a letter to your teenage-self.
⦁ Write a letter to your future-self.
⦁ Write a love letter to your least favorite part of your body.
⦁ Write a short letter to yourself about why getting help is a strength, not a weakness.
⦁ Write a letter to your Hidradenitis Suppurativa and let it know why it doesn’t define you.
⦁ Write about a difficult time in your life when you showed strength.
⦁ Write about a time when work felt real to you, necessary and satisfying. Paid or unpaid, professional or domestic, physical or mental.
⦁ Write about your first love — whether a person, place or thing.
⦁ Write the words you need to hear.
⦁ Come up with a one sentence happiness mantra you can say to yourself each morning. Here are a few examples, but come up with something you think will work for you.
Today I will breathe in happiness and breathe out anger
Today I will pay attention to the small things that bring me joy
Today I will keep love in my heart
⦁ Write about an act of kindness you witnessed today.
⦁ Write your favorite memory.
⦁ Write about an incident that went better than you thought it would.
⦁ Write about something nice someone did for you
⦁ Write about something you are worried about. Break it down into things you can and can’t control, then list 3 actionable things you can do to help alleviate that worry.
⦁ Write about something kind you did for yourself
⦁ Write about your favorite day of the year and why you love it.
⦁ Write instructions to a child on how to find happiness.
⦁ Describe your perfect day, use all 5 senses in your description.
⦁ Write a story about a time that you were injured, whether it was a small injury or a more serious one. How did you deal with the problem and what kind of medical attention did you receive? If it was a long time ago and you don’t quite remember, fill in some made-up details.
⦁ Talk about a time in which you avoided Western medicine and found a cure with alternative methods. Some of these methods might include herbal remedies, acupuncture, etc.
⦁ Write about your favorite and least favorite doctors throughout your lifetime. What made them so memorable as the best and the worst that you have had treat you. Create a conversation between the three of you all at the same time, where you try to get the bad doctors to understand a better way of doing things.
⦁ Detail a story that draws from an experience in which you had to care for someone who was ill or injured. How did you help him or her to feel better and what did you learn in the process?
⦁ There are so many reports of deaths, injuries, and illnesses on the news, it sometimes feels like we’re desensitized to everything. What was one news story that truly affected you and made you think differently about your own life?
⦁ Put yourself as a character into any television, movie, or book medical drama. What do you add to the hospital or private practice and what kind of medical knowledge have you instilled your character with? Have fun with this one.
⦁ Create a character with a chronic pain or illness that requires daily maintenance. How does it change his life and how does he keep a positive attitude throughout it all? Is a cure possible? Compare and contrast with your life.
⦁ Talk about a time in which Hidradenitis Suppurativa affected your life or the lives of those around you. How do you deal with it if you were diagnosed yourself?
⦁ Describe how you want your life to look in 5 years, 10 years, and 20 years.
⦁ Name what is enough for you.
⦁ Name a compassionate way you’ve supported a friend recently. Then write down how you can do the same for yourself.
⦁ Design a place of peace for yourself. Someplace you could go everyday to take a few minutes to yourself.
⦁ Write the story of how your chronic pain or illness began and progressed to where it is today.
⦁ Write a letter to your healthy family members and friends about your chronic pain. What do you want them to know? (Write it knowing you don’t actually have to send it.)

Lists:

⦁ Make a list of inspiring quotes that provide you with encouragement.
⦁ Make a list of your biggest worries.
⦁ Make a list of the wisest people in your life.
⦁ Make a list of the people you trust.
⦁ Make a list of achievements you’re proud of.
⦁ Make a list of your strengths.
⦁ Make a list of your most joyful memories.
⦁ Make a list of songs that make you happy.
⦁ Make a list of lifelong challenges.
⦁ Make a list of current challenges.
⦁ Make a list of things that make you smile.
⦁ Make a list of the people in your life who genuinely support you, and who you can genuinely trust.
⦁ Using 10 words, describe yourself.
⦁ Make a list of questions you urgently need answers to.
⦁ Make a list of everything that inspires you — from books to websites to quotes to people to paintings to stores to the stars.
⦁ Make a list of everything you’d like to say no to.
⦁ Make a list of everything you’d like to say yes to.
⦁ Make a list pf places that make you feel whole.
⦁ Make a list of activities that make you feel good, and feel like yourself.
⦁ Make a list of things that delight you.
⦁ Make a list of things you would tell your younger self.
⦁ Make a list of things you love about your spouse, brother, mother, sister, dad etc.

1 Comment
  1. Emanuel E Llaguno 11 months ago

    Great way to start conversations. With my HS pain and fibro mind fog it is very difficult to concentrate. You are doing a great job. I might start a blog with my current flare for which my needs will be to find a new Dermatologist and Plastic Surgeon, one retired and the other got out of my plan. Back to square one looking for help.

    Keep Smiling
    Manuel

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