Journal Ideas to Get You Through Isolation

Now is the perfect time to take a look at some journal ideas. Whilst in isolation, there’s no better time to dust the old journals off. Stuck on where to start? Here is a selection of journal ideas to get you going.

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As there should be, there’s so much focus on the world’s physical wellbeing right now. All attention is drawn to keeping our bodies healthy, safe indoors and even keeping them moving with the abundance of fitness Instagram lives whilst we do so. It’s incredibly important to stay well right now. That being said, now more than ever our mental wellbeing needs to be at the height of our priorities too. After all, our routines are out of sync, there’s tons of overthinking time readily available and our usual mental health vices might be completely out of reach in the current climate.


Just as much as you need to be skipping, hopping and jumping around the living room to keep your body well, you need to be exercising your mind too. One way that you can easily do this, without having to unnecessarily leave your home, is to open your journal. Time and time again it has been proven that journaling has a hugely positive impact on our emotional, physical and psychological well being. According to the author of Writing to Heal, Dr. James Pennebaker, “When we translate an experience into language we essentially make the experience graspable”. Something that is incredibly beneficial in a time where almost everything feels out of our grasp.

It can be intimidating to know where to start.

You can find our beginners guide to bullet journaling here.

Especially during a time where your thoughts may feel like an absolute whirlwind. But, the first step is really just getting the pen to the page. Then, slowly you can start to incorporate some visual aspects, but only if you want to. We have a guide on writing a bullet journal with little supplies, or ideas to get you started if you want to dive a little deeper. For now, though, there are a few journal ideas that will offer some care to your mental wellbeing right during isolation.


  1. Intention setting

Whether it’s what you will do this morning, today, the month, the year or for the next 5 years intention setting is a great way to focus on what you want to achieve. Right now, it seems almost impossible to look past the end of the day and that’s completely fine. None of us know what is going to happen, so there is little point deliberating on it. That being said, you can still set an intention for each day, workout, mealtime or day without having any added pressure. Just focus on small, digestible intentions and set about trying to achieve them with whatever you have right now. It could be as simple as remaining hopeful, or it could be a long to-do list of things to combat.



  1. Gratitude

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This is a word that is thrown around a lot and one that sometimes we feel completely open to. Other times, it feels a hippy concept that is totally inaccessible. Honestly, the times when you least want to engage in gratitude is probably when you need it the most. Take the world right now, it would be the easiest option to focus on everything the world doesn’t have. All the things we can’t do and all the negative events taking place every single day. Realistically, we know this mentality will inevitably make us feel worse. Instead, what we can focus on are all the things we do have. Even if it’s just as simple as waking up in the morning and moving.



  1. Goals


Arguably, we have more time than ever to work on our goals. Although, it may feel a little disheartening that we may not be able to carry out a lot of the actions that work towards them. Avoid being despondent and instead draw attention to the goals you can work on. Like learning a new craft, improving your fitness or just being more present with your family. Often, ‘goal setting’ sounds like an incredibly intimidating task. But, in a time where there’s little to motivate you, it can be a really influential way of keeping a strong sense of purpose in your life.

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  1. Mantra

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If all of these feels too much, you can use your journal to write more digestible, but still encouraging words. Mantra’s can be a single word, a few words or a small sentence that simply helps you to verify something you want to believe in your life right now. ‘I am enough’, ‘I am safe’, ‘I am loved’. You may think this might not have much of an impact, but there’s something about putting your pen to paper that helps cement these thoughts more firmly into your mind. Make them pretty, write them over and over or say them as your pen moves.


  1. Self-reflection

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Having so much time to yourself means that you can actually focus on you in a way that you never normally have the chance to. In the space where you are usually delegating all your time to others, fill it with self-reflection to help better you. What do you need to improve? What are you proud of? How have you grown? Reflect on all of this so that when isolation ends you will be entering the world with a better understanding of yourself. And, in turn, a better one of those around you too.

Still, looking for more journal ideas for the lockdown? Find some here.

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