Journaling Prompts for Winter


Winter tends to be a time for slowing down, getting cosy and spending more time indoors.

It is the perfect opportunity to curl up under a blanket in the flickering light of scented candles, with your favourite hot drink, spending some quality time with your journal.

December is a good time to reflect back on the year that’s ending. The 21st, Winter Solstice, marks the start of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and is considered a powerful time for letting go.

January is typically when people look ahead at what they want to achieve over the coming year and set their New Year’s Resolutions.

February is an opportunity to reset the intentions you started out with in January as many of us can be a bit too ambitious at the very start of the year.

With the help of the following journaling prompts for winter, you can make the most of this contemplative time.


Journaling Prompts for Winter: December


  • As I reflect on the past 12 months, I am aware of…
  • How has this year impacted me?
  • What did I discover about myself this year?
  • What do I wish I had done differently this year?
  • What feels more important than ever?
  • What feels unimportant?
  • What felt like a blessing?
  • What felt like a burden?
  • This year I have lost… and I feel…
  • This year I have gained…
  • This year I wish I made more time for…
  • What am I taking with me into the new year?

List Prompts

Make a list of the following:

  • Everything you will remember about this year
  • Everything you are grateful for about this year
  • Everything you have let go of or intend to leave behind
  • Everything you have achieved/are proud of
  • Any lessons learned

Journaling Prompts for Winter: January


  • This year I would like…
  • What feels important?
  • What would feel good for me this year?
  • What is my soul/spirit calling in?
  • What new dreams or ideas want my attention?
  • What am I ready to begin?
  • What opportunities are available to me?
  • What am I open to?
  • What apprehensions do I have about this year?
  • How will I practice and prioritise self-care this year?

List Prompts

Make a list of the following:

  • Everything you are looking forward to this year
  • Everything you want to make time for this year
  • Everything you are saying YES to this year
  • Everything you are saying No to this year


Journaling Prompts for Winter: February


  • The intentions that now feel most important to me are…
  • Where has fear held me back and how does it show up?
  • What has felt uncomfortable?
  • What has felt aligned?
  • What do I feel like stopping?
  • Who or what has felt draining?
  • Who or what has energised me?
  • I have changed my mind about…
  • I am not sure…
  • I am disappointed…

List Prompts

Make a list of the following:

  • Everything that is currently working for you or feels good
  • Anything that is not currently working for you or doesn’t feel good
  • Everything you want to learn, explore and experience

There is no prescribed way to work with these journaling prompts for winter. You can respond to one, some, all or none of the prompts.

Of course, you can return to the prompts as many times as you like and work with them at any time of the year. Simply change ‘this year‘ to ‘this month‘ or ‘this week‘.

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