Journaling Prompts for Coping with Quarantine
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
One of the things I’ve thought a lot about since the start of the pandemic is how we not only cope, but thrive amidst difficulty.
Some folks are in survival mode because of their family, job issues, mental health issues, or other circumstances. If you are one of those folks who is in survival mode, then you may want to skip this whole section of the post, and instead, gift yourself some deep breaths. I thank you for all you are doing for your community. You’ll find this week’s slow drawing party at the bottom of this post.
Because I’m lucky enough to have my head well above water, I think there’s a way to honor my stress, grief, and difficulty, while also looking for the opportunities that this situation offers.
Some things are just not possible right now, and that really hurts. I miss making medical appointments without needing to weigh the risk, or popping into grocery store without thinking about it. I miss going on dates with my husband, eating in restaurants, having dinner parties inside, and travel. I miss hugging my friends and family.
Throughout this time, I try to honor my stress, while also periodically searching my heart for to ask what else might feed me emotionally. We’ve got at least several more months of this situation, and it seems to me that waiting is a very unpleasant state.
My Personal Takeaways:
+ Get outside most days and look, listen and feel slowly, purposefully, letting nature fill me up (and inspire my art.)
+ Give back. My slow drawing workshops are my way of offering solace and helping you to build your art practice and confidence. This is turn gives me purpose and meaning.
+ Don’t let cold get in the way of socializing. I was lucky enough to be able to buy an additional outdoor heater for our porch. We dress for snow and put a sleeping bag over our legs. It’s been a warmish winter here, most days being in 23 – 42 F so far. (I acknowledge and am grateful for all these advantages.)
Given this, I’ve hosted socially distanced outdoor Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s for my adult step kids, plus having a two friends over on the porch for drinks periodically. These small gatherings are surprisingly fun and adventurous.
On Thanksgiving, for example, we made Day After Thanksgiving sandwiches on the grill instead of the usual spread. It was meaningful because it’s a sandwich we eat every year on vacation in the summer, while watching the sun set over Cadillac Mountain in Maine. It’s fun to overcome these obstacles and still be able to connect with friends and family.
We’ve also done a lot more hiking than usual. Between our own family outings, and needing safe outdoor playdates for my son, we have also discovered a huge number of trails and nature preserves that we’d never before visited, which has been a treasure.
Journaling Prompt: Quarantine Complaints
If it feels good for you, make a list of all your complaints, stressors, and grief. I know it’s a lot, so if it feels like this will only bring you down, skip this step and move onto the next prompt.
Journaling Prompt: Quarantine Opportunities
If it feels good for you, you might journal a bit about the opportunities of this time. If this doesn’t feel nourishing right now, you can honor that.
- What has been good about quarantine? Personally? At work?
- What have you done differently in quarantine that you enjoy?
- What creative solutions are friends and family using to take advantage of this time?
- What are the opportunities that quarantine is offering that you are not making the most of currently? What would be 2 baby steps to get you closer?
This week’s Slow Drawing Party: Woodland
Each week I host a slow drawing party on Facebook, and with a replay on my site for 48 hours. I’d love to have you join me:
Live Facebook RSVP: Join live on Facebook WEDNESDAY, at 1 pm EST (New York time)
Our REPLAY will stay up Wednesday 3pm – FRIDAY at 8 pm EST (New York time – check your world clock on your smart phone for local time.)
*For folks looking for a way to support me in presenting these workshops, I am accepting donations here: paypal.me/AmyMaricle