Journaling, or keeping a diary, has been popular for centuries, and the most famous journals have documented incredible periods of history, from Samuel Pepys’ diary at the time of the the Great Fire of London to Anne Frank’s diary during World War II. Everyone from Charles Dickens to Frida Kahlo has kept a journal of some kind. The Coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented time in history, and perhaps the biggest event in many of our lifetimes. Here’s why the Coronavirus lockdown is the perfect time to start a journal:
- Journaling has great mental health benefits
Writing regularly can do great things for your mental health. It’s so cathartic getting your thoughts down on paper, and it can really help you de-stress after a long day. Whether you’re homeschooling, working from home or worried about your family and friends, writing your thoughts on paper is a great way to get them out of your head and process your concerns. Writing also helps you re-live experiences and thoughts that you’ve had during the day, so you can work through your worries and get them out of your system.
2. Journaling allows you to unleash your creativity
Journaling isn’t just about writing down all your thoughts and feelings – you could use your journal to sketch or doodle your thoughts, design ideas or feelings. Improvise with stickers and pretty stationery, or add photos to make it into a scrapbook. Bullet journals are amazing for this. With journaling, the choice is yours, and you can be as creative as your imagination lets you!
3. Journaling helps you create a routine
It’s so easy to feel lost, anxious and even listless at this time, and completely normal to feel stressed at the Coronavirus situation, even if you don’t know anyone directly affected.
Journaling will help you create a better routine for your day – whether you write in it in the morning, afternoon or night, if you stick to it each day you can structure your week.
You could also use it to keep track of your eating habits and daily exercise, both of which are more important than ever at this time.
4. Journaling helps you process your mistakes and successes
Journaling lets you look back through good days and bad days at a glance. If you’re feeling down, you can read about a good day you had to give you some perspective, or you can read back through your low days to work out your stress triggers and avoid them or handle them better in future.
5. Journaling is really versatile
You could use a journal as a diary of your day, as a food diary to make sure you’re eating healthily and not falling into the trap of eating when you’re bored in isolation, as an exercise diary, a mood tracker – the options are endless.
A great way of journaling is to create a gratitude diary, and ask yourself questions such as “What 3 things am I grateful for today” or “3 things that happened today that made me smile”, to record the things you’re thankful for. This will help you stay positive, which can be especially hard at times like these.
Remember, we are all in this together and we will get through this. We hope you found this blog useful! You can find more tips on self care during lockdown here.