75 Nightly Journal Prompts (To Say ‘Good Night’ to Your Thoughts)

Do you find it hard to turn your brain off and go to sleep once you finally reach the end of the day? Never fear! Disconnecting from the day and putting your thoughts to sleep is a challenge for many people! And that’s where nightly journal prompts come in!

One of the benefits of journaling is that it helps your mind decompress and empty any negative thoughts from the day. This can help lead to a better night’s rest which will give you more energy for the day to come!

Being well rested and having a positive mindset is important for your personal growth. That’s why we’ve put together this list of journal prompts to help you start winding down so that you can start the next day in the best way possible.

Is It Good To Journal Before Bed?

But first of all, is it good to journal before bed? Whether you choose to journal in the morning or in the evening is a matter of personal preference.

Some people may find that starting a journaling session right before bed only wakes up their mind before going to sleep. However, others believe that using journaling prompts to reflect on the day before bed can help improve overall sleep quality.

I know that when I finally hit the pillow for the night, my brain starts firing on all cylinders! So taking a few minutes to write down my final thoughts for the day gives me the chance to clear my head of anything that might keep me awake.

Using nightly journal prompts is a great way to direct your thinking! Instead of tossing, turning, and dwelling on the negative, use writing prompts to help your thoughts focus on calm, restful, and positive thoughts!

Nightly journal prompts can also be an effective outlet for any negative thoughts or negative emotions that may stop you from falling asleep. Using bedtime journal prompts can help you fall asleep quicker and lead to a better tomorrow after a good night’s rest!

Try making a daily habit out of evening journaling practice and enjoy the positive impact it has on your personal growth!

Let’s get into these 75 nightly journal prompts!

Nightly Journal Prompts

#1. What is the first thing that is on your mind this evening?
#2. What is something you did today that you are proud of?
#3. Think of a family member or a friend that you are grateful for today. How did they show up in your life today?
#4. Describe your favorite thing about your day. What was the best thing that happened?
#5. What was your biggest challenge today? What did you learn?
#6. What was one beautiful thing that you noticed today?
#7. Describe one good thing that went right today.
#8. Write down one word to describe your day. Why did you choose this word?
#9. Write day one emotion to describe your day. Why did you choose this emotion?#10. Rate your day out of 5. What are your reasons for your rating?
#11. What was your greatest success today?
#12. What is something that you are looking forward to tomorrow?
#13. What is a moment that you were proud of today?
#14. What is your affirmation for tomorrow?
#15. What is something that would have made your day better? 
#16. Who brought you the most joy today?
#17. Write an overall reflection for today.
#18. How are you feeling about tomorrow?
#19. What have your sleeping habits been like lately?
#20. How do you want to wake up feeling tomorrow?
#21. What is something that made you laugh today?
#22. How does your body feel right now?
#23. What stood out most about today?
#24. What is something you want to remember about today?
#25. What is your ideal morning routine?
#26. What thoughts are you having trouble letting go of?
#27. Was there a point in the day that you felt like the best version of yourself?
#28. What is one word that you would want to use to describe you by the end of your day tomorrow?
#29. Describe something you think will keep you awake tonight and why.
#30. Explain the day’s events as if you were a character in a film.
#31. What is one habit that you can work on next week?
#32. What were your priorities today? Were they in line with your values?
#33. Describe your dream life. What does it look like?
#34. Describe your dream job. What does it look like?
#35. Write out a bucket list and allow yourself to daydream about your goals and dreams.

Night Journal Prompts for Self Growth

Your personal growth might not always be the first thing on your to-do list as you wind down for the night. But, using night journal prompts is a great way to help you interpret the day’s events in a positive way. Making this part of your daily routine can help you start the next day on a positive note, which will have a positive impact on your self growth!

The following nightly journal prompts for self growth will help you get started!

#36. How did you step outside of your comfort zone today?
#37. What is one way that you were your own best friend throughout the day?
#38. If you had a bad day, what is one opportunity for growth you can think of to practice next time?
#39. What is one goal you have for tomorrow?
#40. Describe something about tomorrow that excites you.
#41. What is the most important thing you learned today? How does this change tomorrow?
#42. Choose one difficult situation from your day. Describe how you are proud of the way you handled it.
#43. If you had to live this day over again, what is the best advice you would give yourself?
#44. What are 5 things that you are grateful for today?
#45. What can you do to make tomorrow an even better day?
#46. Did you live in the present moment today?
#47. How can you change your evening routine to better prepare for a successful tomorrow?
#48. What is something that raised your stress levels today? What healthy stress relief techniques can you use?
#49. What are your top 3 goals for tomorrow.
#50. Describe your happy place.
#51. How can you be more intentional with your time?
#52. How did you practice self care today?
#53. What area of life would you like to improve?
#54. What is one way that you can show yourself self love tomorrow?
#55. Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?
#56. Describe one part of your day where you used a growth mindset to overcome a challenge.
#57. What limiting beliefs do you have about yourself that are holding you back?
#58. Describe one way that you made progress toward your goals today.
#59. How will you make sure that you stay positive tomorrow?
#60. Describe the people you surround yourself with. Do they help or hinder your self growth?
#61. Write down one small positive thought to read tomorrow morning.
#62. Think of a positive thought you can write down for yourself to read next week.
#63. Describe one new habit that you would like to start building.
#64. Write down your favorite positive qualities about yourself.
#65. What is one thing you can do tomorrow that your future self will thank you for?
#66. Describe three past experiences that you are grateful for.
#67. Open the last text message in your phone. Write a paragraph highlighting that person’s best qualities.
#68. Write down 5 expectations you have for yourself by the end of each day.
#69. How can you surpass your expectations for yourself?
#70. Choose your favorite affirmation for self growth and write it out ten times.
#71. Describe something that motivates you.
#72. What is something that you should forgive yourself for?
#73. What is something that you feel is missing in your life right now?
#74. Describe a passion you have that sets your soul on fire.
#75. What are 3 skills that you have that you aren’t using?

What Are Your Favorite Prompts?

Now that you have read through this list of nightly journal prompts, take note of your favorites. These prompts will be a great tool to help you wind down and clear your head for the night.

If you need inspiration as you reflect on these prompts, check out our list of good night inspirational quotes!

Enjoy the great things that come from waking up refreshed, knowing that you have processed the events of yesterday!

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