14 Journaling prompts to help you process the pandemic.
You just got through one of history's biggest events.
"I am not what happened to me, I am what I chose to become."
Carl Gustav Jung
How to use these prompts
Get your journal ready. if you don't own one yet, treat yourself. Your thoughts deserve a nice home!
Find a quiet space. Give yourself some privacy. This is your experience, and you want to be focussed when you do your thinking.
Skim through the deck in the PDF. Only read what’s written on the white side. Once you find a prompt that makes you curious, answer it.
- There's no right or wrong way to do this. Whatever you write is right.
- You can write for as long or as little as you like. Even a few minutes putting pen to paper is enough to open up a conversation with yourself.
- Don't judge yourself. If you have asked yourself these kinds of questions before you might be surprised by what appears on the page. It's healthy to give all thoughts and feelings a space.
Why is journaling such a great tool for processing the pandemic?
Gives you space to explore who you were and who you became.
Reflection is a powerful process. Did you change during this time? Did the people around you? How do you want to show up in the future based on what you learned?
Helps you to find the good.
Gratitude can feel uneasy, but take a minute to appreciate your resilience, the people you have beside you, and the small things that kept you going.
Reveals emotional triggers.
Lockdown made it impossible to run from our emotions. You may have faced some harsh truths during this time. Learning what sets you off is a powerful tool for raising your awareness and finding mechanisms to self-soothe.
Helps you to correct course.
We were all at a standstill, and it was a hell of a long pause. Did you take time to see if your path was really one you wanted to be on? Look at the present moment as an opportunity to realign your values.
Can we help?
If you have any questions about our journaling prompts or how to get more out of journaling in general, please don't hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.
If you are feeling emotionally unwell, there are amazing free resources out there, including Beyond Blue, Lifeline and Black Dog Institute. You can also contact your GP to arrange a mental health care plan.
If you need support now, call one of the following numbers:
Emergency services | 000
Lifeline Australia | 13 11 14
Lifeline New Zealand | 0800 543 354
Kids Helpline | 1800 55 1800
MensLine Australia | 1300 78 99 78
Suicide Call Back Service | 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue | 1300 22 4636
Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling | 1800 011 046