If you've ever toyed with the idea of keeping a diary, there's no better time to start this wonderful habit than now. Being in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic has given some people extra free time, but it's also brought a lot of uncertainty and anxiety with it.
Diaries can help capture everyday moments and experiences and act as a tool for reflection.
If you haven't written a diary in many years, or have never kept one at all, here are six easy and meaningful things you can capture in your diary:
If you're not sure what kind of journal you'd like to use for your diary, there are two popular formats- lined and dot grid. Lined journals are your typical notebook-style and are great for people looking to write a traditional diary with no frills.
If you're looking to start a diary and use it as a creative outlet, a dot grid journal (often called "bullet journals") is my suggestion for you. The little dots are subtle ways to help you create straight lines and boxes so you can create a Daily Page with different sections (Gratitude List, Quote, "Today, I'm feeling...", Daily Chronicle, etc.). Some people jazz these up with colored pens, photos, doodles, stickers, magazine clippings, and/or decorative tapes (aka "washi" tapes).
Now, if you happen to be an artist, I suggest designating a sketchbook as a visual diary. You can sketch, write, and collage your day. This way, you keep practicing and honing your artistic skills while capturing your everyday moments, experiences, and emotions.
No matter what, there's no right or wrong way to keep a diary. Sometimes, you'll have lots to say and others, you'll only be able to manage a sentence. It's all good and when you look back on your entries, you'll appreciate you took the time to give yourself this gift.
Do you have some tips for starting a diary? I'd love to hear them!
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