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Last Updated on August 25, 2023
Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the year?! Time sure flies! The fall season means the year is coming to a close before we know it. What better time to reflect on how things are going than now?
These autumn journal prompts will help you check in with yourself, reflect on how you’re feeling about the season, and identify what you need most right now.
With the changing seasons, autumn is the perfect time to reflect in your journal!
Fall is a really good time to reflect on your achievements and explore the ways you can change and grow throughout the remainder of the year.
It’s a good “three quarters of the way” check-in point. You still have time to catch up on your goals and also plan for the holidays ahead!
I know I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity to see where I’m at in my yearly goals, adjust my self care routine to fit my needs, and keep track of my thoughts and feelings. Let’s get into these autumn journal prompts!
40 Thought-Provoking Autumn Journal Prompts to Reflect on the Season
Don’t forget about these fall journal prompts! Pin ’em to come back all season long!
What can you write about autumn?
- What are your favorite things unique to fall that you always look forward to?
- How do you feel about summer ending?
- How do you deal with the changes of life, such as the transitions of each season? Are you indifferent, or is it ever hard on you? (seasonal depression is a real kicker!)
- What was your favorite fall memory from childhood?
- How can you support yourself and your emotional wellbeing during the fall?
- How do your fall traditions differ now compared to when you were a child?
- How is your life today different than it was last fall?
- Which anxious thoughts keep plaguing you that you need to let go of?
- Do you remember your goals from the beginning of the year? How are you doing with them?
- What is your biggest focus/intention for the rest of the year?
- Describe the perfect autumn evening. What would you do? Where would you be? What would things look like?
- What do you need more of in this next season? What could you use less of?
- What is special or meaningful about this time of year to you?
- Where is your favorite place in your city or town to experience the beauty of fall?
- What are some self care activities that can boost your mood this fall?
- What are your favorite fall foods and treats? What do you love about them?
- How is the transition between summer and fall different for you compared to other seasonal transitions?
- What things don’t you look forward to about fall? What don’t you like about them?
- Do you still do anything fun for Halloween? Talk about your plans or what you might like to do to enjoy the holiday.
- What are your favorite fall scents and why?
- What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
- Do you do anything differently in your morning routine for the fall? If not, what would you like to start including?
- What lesson did you learn this summer that can provide you benefit or a new perspective on the rest of the year?
- Name three things you would like to accomplish before the end of the year.
- What are 5 things you’re most grateful for this fall?
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Fall Journal Prompts for Adults
- Which aspects of yourself or your life do you plan to transform this season?
- What would the best self care routine for a rainy fall day look like for you?
- Where would you like to be by the end of the fall season?
- Have you ever tried setting seasonal goals before? If not, which goals would you like to set for fall?
- Think about letting go, just like the leaves do when they fall. What do you need to release or let go of before stepping into this season?
- What are some recent “wins” of yours that you’re under-celebrating?
- How will you prioritize balance during fall with work, life, relationships, etc?
- Take a walk through nature and journal about how you felt, what sensory experiences you had, and what thoughts came up as you walked.
- In what ways can you make your home feel more cozy this fall?
- How can you check in with yourself more and honor your need for rest as it arises?
- Write about a recent experience that made you feel warm and cozy, whether physically or emotionally.
- What is no longer serving you and how can you enforce your boundaries with it?
- What has gotten easier/less challenging for you over the course of the year?
- What has gotten more difficult for you over the course of the year?
- Which negative thoughts or limiting beliefs will you leave behind as fall begins?
Tips for Journaling for Autumn
This autumn, take some time for self-reflection. I like to check in with myself every time a new season comes along. I think it’s a good practice to have so you can assess how you’re feeling and stay on track to support your goals.
Here are a few things to consider as you use these autumn journal prompts:
- What is your goal with journaling? – Are you writing as an outlet? To process your thoughts and emotions? To clarify your goals? To improve your mental health?
- Keep an open mind and let the thoughts flow – Don’t worry too much about “what to write about” or how your writing sounds. Follow your stream of consciousness and allow your thoughts to initiate what comes out on paper.
- Find a time of day that consistently works for you – if mornings are too busy, you might find it easier to sneak in some journaling before bed as you wind down. Journaling is most effective when you make it a habit, so finding a time of day that will generally always work is a big help.
- View your journaling practice as an important part of self care – life gets soooo freaking busy! View your journaling session as a dedicated time just for you to relax, unwind, and reflect. Journaling is so valuable to getting to know yourself and working through the many thoughts that accumulate throughout the day/week.
Favorite Journaling Supplies
There’s no right or wrong way to journal, but I know I feel so much more motivated to journal when I’m using supplies I really like. And luckily, you don’t need much to get started on these autumn journal prompts!
I suggest grabbing:
1. A cute, durable journal
My favorite line of journals is from Erin Condren! This super cute journal is aesthetically pleasing. You also get to customize it to have your name on the front! The touch of personalization really adds to the aspect of special, dedicated quality time spent with your journal.
2. Good quality, super inky pens
I haaaate using half-assed pens with weak ink. The Pilot G-2 0.7 pens have never failed me and I’ve been using them for years. They are plenty “inky” and just make your words look so polished and crisp on the page!
3. Highlighters for emphasizing epiphanies and important ideas
Picture this: you’re deep in thought in the middle of a journaling session, you come across an epiphany, and EVERYTHING just makes sense all of a sudden!! I love when that happens. And when it does, I have my highlighters at the ready to emphasize what I just discovered. But don’t just settle for tacky neon highlighters. Grab these super aesthetic pastel shades! I have ‘em and love ‘em.
Final Thoughts Before You Start Fall Journaling
As you reflect on these autumn journal prompts, remember that your journal is your safe haven for your authentic thoughts and emotions. You are writing for no one else but you!
Fall can set the perfect tone for self-reflection, hitting the reset button, and reconnecting with yourself. With fall being such a turning point of change, think about how you can work toward acceptance.
If you’re unsure of your intentions this fall, choose to focus on embracing and accepting change. This can be a lifelong skill to master and the fall season certainly makes for a good test!
So grab that pumpkin spice latte, sit back, and release your thoughts on the page just as they come.
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