“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect”: 10 prompts for journaling during lockdown
The quote by French-Cuban writer, Anais Nin, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect”, is just a small reminder of the value in journaling. And now more than ever, journaling during this year’s second national lockdown could be the key to looking after your mental health.
Journaling may not be for everyone, but it’s definitely worth a try. Whether you’re reflecting on your day, or just writing lists to unclog your mind, it’s your safe space to use as you’d like. With that in mind, we’ve curated a list of ten journaling prompts to guide you through the next few weeks, which will be hard on us all, especially in the run up to the festive season:
- What is the biggest thing I’ve learnt today/this week? This could be a skill or just something personal like what did I learn about myself from the last lockdown, and what will I learn this time around?
- How can I support myself better? In what ways do I need support, and what practical changes can I make to my day to support my mental health?
- What 5 things am I most proud of today?
- What 10 things am I most grateful for today?
- How have I been using my spare time recently? How would I like to use this time in the future?
- Have I enjoyed time at home recently? If no, then why not? What can I change? If yes, then what have you been enjoying? How has that made you feel?
- How do you feel about next year? The uncertainties? Or the excitement to be leaving this year behind?
- How have you been feeling about daily pandemic updates? Has your view on the news and media changed? Do you find yourself consuming more news, or needing to escape? Has that impacted your opinions on how the pandemic has been handled by the government?
- How do you feel about wearing masks? How do you feel about going outside for daily walks?
- How have you changed as a person since the beginning of the year? What do you miss the most? And what are you glad to leave behind?
Written by Meghna Amin