A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to become. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.” – Brad Wilcox

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In the midst of this global pandemic, keeping up with journaling might be the last thing on your mind. You might be thinking, What am I even doing that’s important enough to journal about? All I do is stay home all day! But really, this is why journaling can be essential to your daily routine especially right now; simply writing in this casual format can keep you occupied and, in turn, keep you sane.

By writing in your journal regularly, you create an outlet for yourself to process what you’re thinking. These times are confusing, and your thoughts and emotions about it might be conflicting and difficult to sort through

whether you’re discussing them with others or trying to make sense of them in your head. Writing down your thoughts makes you examine them in a way that allows you to step back and see them more clearly. It’s therapeutic, and, best of all, it’s free.

Not only can the practice of writing in your journal be therapeutic; it can help you to keep your creative juices flowing. Naturally, your day-to-day life is looking less exciting and bustling than it usually would, so by journaling during this time, you force yourself to actively seek out topics to write about. Journaling makes you practice the art of taking your current mundanity and describing it in a way that makes it worth reading about. Additionally, journaling helps you to keep thinking like a writer; you consciously decide how you want to present your own daily stories, which details to focus on, and how to organize them.

Finally, believe it or not, the future version of you is very likely going to want to remember what these days looked like—your daily struggles, your feelings throughout everything that’s going on (and your feelings throughout everything that’s not going on). After all, who knows the next time you’ll be living through something as historical as a global pandemic?

*Blog post written by guest contributor Esther Kuhnert.