Lessons in Journal Writing During Quarantine

 

Struggling to get into the habit of anything because of what’s been happening around the world? Take a deep breath, acknowledge the idea of slow living and let’s be kind to our mental health. And in fact, journaling is a way to help with that. 

 

By Stradmore

 

Journaling is the activity of writing about what has happened in your day that you may want to remember or want to reflect on. It’s a daily reminder of what you did, are doing, and what can still be done. So when you find yourself losing track of time or getting a bit more anxious, do sit back, organize your thoughts, and get back on track amidst self-quarantining or working/studying from home through the power of your mind plus a notebook/journal. Here we present some tips on how best to journal at this time.

1. Use a real journal. Truthfully, there is nothing wrong with using a laptop or a computer. But being able to take your eyes away from the screen and actually write on a paper is a refreshing way to scream what is happening with your life into the void.


2. Try writing at different times of the day and see what works for you. Whether sad or happy, frustrated or ecstatic, ask yourself when during the day you feel like writing the best. And if you can’t do it daily, at least do so every other day to never lose momentum. In the end, you should be able to find your own groove.


3. When stuck in a rut and can’t think of a topic to write about, use or look for journal prompts online. A great example during this quarantine would be the following:


- The biggest life takeaways from this quarantine period

- Things I would love to do for the world after this lockdown

- How an average day looks

- List of things I am thankful for

 

4. Normally, without the quarantine, we’d typically suggest to wander about. But because of the limitations of social distancing, we’d settle with encouraging everyone to let their minds do it for them. Write whatever. Yes, when no journal prompt or life event is making you able to jot something down, write anything. Even if that means scribbling nonsense, doodling, or listing random words that you find nice or have recently learned.


5. Given that bullet above, it also means you can go crazy and go beyond ink as a medium for journaling. Paint on your journal. Staple grocery receipts. Paste significant remnants of wonderful memories. 


6. Do it for yourself. Write it for yourself. Journaling will only work its magic if you enjoy doing it. Don’t take it seriously. Try to just have fun, and the rest will follow.