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30 Super Self-Care Writing Prompts by Grade

Hooray for Self-Care Writing Prompts— As students of all ages navigate through the stresses of school, self-care has become more important than ever before. It’s a powerful habit that can help improve one’s mood and overall emotional health. And that’s a very good thing indeed. You see…

Writing Ideas and Prompts for Self-Care

Our self-care writing prompts are designed to help students better understand what forms of self-care would be best for them and also allow them to recognize the powerful role that self-care can play in their lives. 


These ideas can also help your writers see how simple acts of self care can translate into a greater sense of love for oneself.

Teachers and parents who encourage their students and kids to journal will find that self-care writing prompts can assist children as they collect their ideas about this important concept.

Yeppers! Self Care is a form of Self-Love Expressed


Writing about self-care can help students discover how they can implement self-care activities into their daily lives. By doing so they can explore their thoughts and emotions and even potentially improve their physical health and resilience for navigating the ups and downs that we all experience in life.

Along the way, some children and young adults may even find that the act of writing itself is a form of self-care, and what a wonderful gift that is!


Have your writers grab their pen, notebook, daily journal, or electronic writing device of choice, and use these self-care writing prompts — in the classroom or home setting — to help the children you care about discover the importance of taking care of themselves.

Take a look now and enjoy.

7 Self-Care Writing Prompts for Elementary Students

Younger writers may lack motivation when starting a self-care journal – but this may become their favorite way of performing self-care!

  1. What activity do you enjoy that makes you feel happy? How often do you participate in this activity? 
  2. When you feel sad, what do you do to make yourself feel better? 
  3. You have one free hour after school to do whatever you want to do. What do you choose? Why? 
  4. What is something that you like to do but you do not have a lot of time for? How can you make more time for this activity? 
    Elementary School Self-Care Writing Prompts
  5. Being active is good for our health and well-being. How do you feel after playing outside with your friends or taking a walk with your family? Do you feel like you have enough time to be active? 
  6. What do you do when you have had a bad day at school? Why?
  7. Think about a time that someone paid you a compliment. How did it make you feel? Write a compliment to yourself right now.

7 Self-Care Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

A self-care journal can help older writers establish boundaries, explore mental health topics, or consider how to navigate difficult situations. Further, a self care practice can improve self confidence and self compassion.

  1. When do you smile the most? Why do you think that is? How can you incorporate more smiling time into your day? 
  2. Sometimes it can be difficult to find joy in the small things. Think about your day yesterday. What is one simple thing that brought you joy? 
  3. It is important to have an attitude of gratitude. Write down three things you are thankful for in your life right now.
    Middle School Self-Care Writing Prompts
  4. Have you ever had a day where it seemed like everything went wrong? What did you do? How can you make yourself feel better after a bad day? 
  5. I define self-care as…
  6. Do you make time for yourself each day? Why or why not? When you do make time for yourself, what do you choose to do? 
  7. Do you feel stressed at home or at school? When do you feel the most stress in your life? What do you do to manage your stress?

7 Self-Care Writing Prompts for High School Students

Journaling can help high school writers combat negative thoughts, track personal growth, or prevent burnout. Additionally, it’s an excellent tool for practicing a healthy school-work-life balance and for navigating some of the more intense obstacles and distractions they may encounter during their high school years.

  1. Self care is an important part of daily life, especially for young adults who have a lot of responsibilities. What do you do to take care of yourself?
  2. What is one thing that you need to work on in your personal life? How can you do this? 
  3. If you could do whatever you wanted to do tomorrow, what would you do? 
    High School Self-Care Writing Prompts
  4. Do you see the adults in your life practicing self care? How does this impact your own view of self care? 
  5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? What would you do while you were there? 
  6. Write about your favorite room in your house. How do you feel when you are in that room?
  7. Do you ever feel sad or anxious? When do you feel this way? How do you make yourself feel better? 

9 Self-Care Writing Prompts for People of All Ages

Writers of all ages can incorporate journaling for self-care and self-reflection into their daily routines. Take a look at the prompts below for inspiration and insight.

  1. It can be difficult to find time for self-care. Consider your daily schedule, and write about when you could fit in some time just for you.
  2. If you had an hour to yourself, what would you choose to do? 
  3. Write about three ways you take care of yourself on a regular basis. How do you feel after you enjoy some self-care? 
  4. Write a journal entry convincing someone else to take some time for themselves. Now, read it back to yourself.
    Self-Care Writing Prompts for All Ages
  5. You have the option to take a yoga class, read a new book, or spend the afternoon fishing. Which do you choose, and why? 
  6. Write about a time when self-care helped you to overcome a challenge you were facing.
  7. What is one skill that you wish you had? How can you acquire that skill? 
  8. What is your favorite hobby or pastime? How did you discover it? 
  9. Where do you feel most at ease and comfortable? How much time do you spend in this location?

I hope you enjoyed these self-care journal prompts. May they help you come into greater alignment with your true self, bring about positive life changes, and strengthen your self-awareness.

Check out these amazing resources to support a self-care practice.

And now…

A Few Final Thoughts

A solid self-care practice is an excellent tool for you, your writers, and for people of all ages.

For some, fitness is their preferred form of self-care, while others prefer a quiet activity, like a craft or reading. No matter what self-care looks like to you or the children that you love, it is important to write about this topic in order to better understand the impact and importance of self-care. 

Now, the power of journaling and writing should not be underestimated, and I hope everyone will do some of it in some form as part of their self-care practice.

Of course…

If you find yourself feeling more anxious than normal and experiencing feelings of depression and anxiety, reach out and get some help. Clearly, the same goes for your students and kids.


If you or your writers find yourself in the midst of chaos, stress, and uncertainty, the most important thing is to take excellent care of yourself, to the best of your ability.

Lastly, a potent positive affirmation, deep breathing, writing out a simple gratitude list, writing about your favorite thing or even penning a letter to your future self are all also excellent tools to help during more challenging times in life.

Ok. That’s all for today.

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