February is an ideal month to explore your thoughts and feelings in greater depth. With the help of these insightful February journal prompts, you can reflect and gain deeper insights into yourself and your relationships.
It is through journalling that I have learnt to love myself more, Journaling also helps me explore and improve my relationships with my family and friends. The great thing about journaling is that what you write is private. Although you may work through some relationship issues by writing about them, only you know about them. See journal prompt number 5.
What do you write about in February?
The reason I have chosen relationships this month to write about is it is February. February is often recognised as the month of love because of Valentine’s day. Writing about Valentine’s day or what you enjoy about February 14th is one option. However, February has many other special days. A national send a card to a friend day on February 7th. Another day recognising relations. So writing about friendships with yourself, family, friends and others is a good topic to explore.
Recognised dates in February to use as one-word journal prompts.
- Chocolate. 1st February is National dark chocolate day. Yes, chocolate is my friend when I don’t eat too much of it.
- Optimism. 3rd February 2023 is optimist day. Optimist day is the first Thursday in February. Optimist day is a day to recognise volunteering in the community. When optimist day was celebrated in April it was to encourage optimism and acts of kindness.
- Self-Love. 13th February is self-love day. It is so important to love yourself.
- Love. 14th February is Valentine’s day.
- Caregiving. 17th February 2023 is caregiver’s day. Caregivers day is the third Friday of the month. Personally, I believe caregivers need to be praised every day for the work they do unpaid and paid. It can be difficult being a caregiver to balance time for your own self-care and goals.
As a shift worker in the caring industry, I was often faced with the challenge of balancing work and life. I had to set routines around my shift work so that I has time to focus on myself and my goals.
- Scouts. 22nd February world scout day.
- Loneliness. 26th February is the national letter to an elder day. Loneliness is a real concern around the world. Many elderly people seldom receive letters and some don’t have relatives and friends around to visit them. A letter is a positive gift that can cheer them up for many days.
28 Journal prompts on relationships, including with yourself.
- What does friendship mean to me?
- What do I value in a friend?
- This is a memory I have of one of my friends and me together.
We all have memories of times with 3 types of friends in life, and it is great to have those memories. I have some fantastic memories of time with family and friends and also enjoy creating new memories. When my husband and I get together with some of our overseas friends or chat with them, we are often taken back to moments of joy and all start to laugh. Sometimes a friend is not even with us and we start laughing because a scenario brings back a memory. For example, every time the car windows steam up we say ‘it’s foggy’ because of a friend who referred to the windows steaming up while learning English as fog. The memory of the ‘foggy moment’ also reminds me of the good times we have had with overseas visitors.
- I am a friend to myself and re-energise myself daily by … Journal about one of your favourite past times that re-energises you.
Every day I do activities that help me re-energise and bring me inner peace. Today one of the activities that I did for myself was relaxing in the pool as it was a warm day and I love blue spaces. Mindful activities are great for re-energising.
- Write a letter of forgiveness to a friend. (Yes in your journal, you don’t need to write and send it. Just writing a letter of forgiveness helps you with processing the situation.
Do you have any traditions or events you enjoy with friends? Write about the traditions you have. I used to speak into a tape recorder to record a letter to send it to my sister. That was many years ago. The spoken letter was great. I got to hear my sister’s voice when I was living away from home. It is so much easier today to stay connected to family and friends.
- What keeps me from reaching out and reconnecting with a special friend I once had?
- Describe your personal values and the values to look for in a friend.
- These 3 people have been important in my life because … Write why the person is or has been important to you.
- List the pros and cons of caring about what people think about you.
- When you think of your future ideal day, how are relationships entwined throughout your day? How do you play a role in others people’s lives in the future?
- What 3 things would you like to change about yourself? Why?
- What makes you feel loved?
- I feel energised when I spend time with this friend or these people because …
- My ideal friendship looks like this. Write about how you see your ideal friendship.
- What lessons have you learnt about love?
- Thinking about your relationship with family, friends or work colleagues, do you easily forgive? How have you shown forgiveness?
- Do you feel seen? What actions need to take place for you to feel seen?
- Are you a person who asks for help? If not why not? In your journal write, ‘This is how I feel about asking for help.’
- How do I want to show up in my relationships?
This journal prompt encourages you to focus on how you want to be seen in your relationships. Think about what kind of person, or partner you would like to be. Consider your aspirations and desires, and reflect on the qualities that are important for these relationships. Use this writing time as an opportunity to become clear about who you want to be and how you want to shop up for others.
- In what ways can I practice self-love today?
Self-love is an important part of inner growth and mental well-being. It helps us to feel secure and fulfils our basic need for appreciation. Take some time today to do something that makes you happy that nurtures your physical, spiritual, or emotional needs. This could include anything from taking a long walk in nature to engaging in a creative pursuit like writing in your journal. Honour yourself and your needs by engaging in this small act of self-kindness!
- Who are the people that matter to me and why do they matter so much?
Taking time to reflect on our relationships can help us connect with what matters to us most. Consider exploring this prompt by writing down the names of people who matter in your life and why they’re so important. Reflecting on their qualities, their presence in our lives, and the things they do that make them special can be a meaningful exercise. It might even uncover something new about yourself!
- What is something I have taken for granted in my relationships? How can I change this?
- What is your favourite quote on friendships? What does that quote mean to you? If you don’t have a favourite quote choose one from these Aristotle quotes on friendships.
- What emotions did I experience today?
Journaling can be a great way to process and understand the wide range of emotions we experience on a daily basis. Whether it’s joy, fear, enthusiasm or sadness. Take some time to reflect and journal about your emotions and why you feel that way, and what was making you feel the way you did. Explore what caused this emotional response, and think back to recent events that could’ve triggered the particular emotion. Think how you could have handled the situation differently. Writing it down can make all the difference!
- Who do I feel connected to and why?
Reflecting on who we feel connected to can help us recognize and appreciate the importance of relationships in our lives. Think about people you feel closest to, such as family members, friends, or coworkers. Once you reflect on who holds a place in your heart, think about what it is that makes these connections so strong. Do they share common interests or experiences? Do they make you feel heard and accepted? Are they supportive when times get tough? Writing down your reflections can allow you to gain greater self-awareness and cultivate valuable realizations about your current and future relationships.
- These are my personal values which I live by daily.
- If I was to choose one word to sum up my relationship with myself, friends and others, this is the one word I would use. Write also why you would choose that word.
Each year, I choose a word for the year as a filter to help me on taking action towards my goals. Last year I chose the word to reconnect. This year I have chosen the word to grow.
Grow. To nurture my relationships with myself, my family and my friends.
- This is a relationship goal I have this year for my personal relationship with myself, my relationships with my family, my relationships with friends, and my relationships at work.
Improving your relationships is about improving your relationship skills. How do you improve your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends? One, way with yourself is to start treating yourself as your best friend and ensuring you have time daily for yourself.