There are multiple reasons why keeping a journal during the Covid-19 pandemic is beneficial to you and your future family. It can bring mental clarity and perspective, help with emotional breakthroughs, and preserve your important memories.
Years from now your kids or grandkids may ask you what it was like to live through the 2020 pandemic. They may be curious about how it changed your life, how you felt, and what you did to help others. Our memories can fade overtime, but keeping a journal preserves all the details and emotions in clarity.
Read on to learn about the benefits of keeping a journal, plus a few tips on how to get started, and some free resources .
Journaling for Perspective
The act of recording events, and our feelings about them, often helps us to put our experiences into perspective. Most of us have lived through one or two national emergencies already, and we’ve all suffered personal heartbreak. Writing about these events and what you did to persevere, what lessons you learned, and how your world view was changed, all add immense value to your experiences.
Essentially, journaling is about telling our story. And it forces us to ask ourselves, “Is the story I’m living a good one?”
Journaling for Mental Health
Journaling can be a therapeutic outlet for unexpressed anxiety and emotions. Recording what is going on both in the world and within your mind, gives you a chance to connect to what really matters most to you personally.
To learn about different journaling techniques to improve your mental health, read our article: 5 Different Journaling Methods and Their Benefits.
Journaling for Personal History
It’s important to record your experiences, feelings, and breakthroughs for future reference. Journaling helps remind ourselves (and our kids) how we made it through difficult times, what coping techniques we used, and what actions or steps we took to help our family and community.
National events will get recorded by historians and will be easy for future generations to find later. Instead of getting bogged down writing down the national headlines, focus instead on recording yours and your family’s personal experiences. Do you have a story about a small miracle that happened during this time? A story about a grocery shopping fiasco? Or do you have strong opinions about the current political regulations? All of these stories will be easier to write, and far more interesting for your kids and grand-kids to read than the national headlines.
Journaling Prompts and Free Resources
Not sure where to start? Well, remember it doesn’t need to be perfect. You don’t even have to start at the beginning if you don’t want to. Start with a story or a topic that is the most interesting to you.
To help you brainstorm ideas, I’ve listed a few journaling prompts below:
- What surprised you the most about the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic?
- Is there a “silver-lining” or something good that came from this time?
- What has caused you the most grief or fear during the pandemic, and what did you do about it?
- Have any of your views or attitudes about your life changed during this time?
- Did any of your views or attitudes or about society changed during this time?
- What have you done to help your family, neighbors, or community during this unique time?
You could also record family “Quarantine Interviews” in your journal. One of my favorite companies, Persnickety Prints is giving away free Quarantine Interview Printables. They’re offering interview forms that are geared towards toddlers or teens. These could be really fun and interesting for your kids to look back on in ten or fifteen years.
They also have free Coronavirus Timeline Printables that record the national headlines for you, so that you can focus more on writing and preserving your family’s unique experiences and stories.
I hope you feel motivation to record your family’s stories and journal during the Covid-19 pandemic. You won’t regret the time and effort you invest into keeping a meaningful journal.