Thursday, May 19, 2022

COVID-19 Coping Journal: An Act of Empowerment

Our latest strategy for dealing with the corona virus? Let me introduce you to the COVID-19 Coping Journal. I’ve always been an advocate of journaling. But when my Mom called me this week and told me about a journal for COVID-19, I lost it. She shared with me that people should write down what they’re going through dealing with COVID-19 so they’ll feel better and not so stressed out. “Really, Mom?” I thought to myself. 

I’m the believer of believers when it comes to journals. 

I believe in journals so much that my very first journal became the national best seller, The Blueprint for My Girls. True story. Yet, as easy as it is for me to gravitate toward journal writing, I know many people may want to write in a journal but don’t know what to say. So, I wrote this article to help you know what to write in your COVID-19 Coping Journal each day and I created this infographic to give you direction on why you should stay committed to writing in your journal

Here are 5 topics you can write down in your COVID-19 Coping Journal to help you navigate, survive and be grateful each day. 

Topic 1: What are three good things that happened to you today? 

I ask my son this question just about every day. The idea is to get him to realize that something good happened to him today. Good things that may have happened? I woke up today. My body wasn’t sick today. I spent time with someone who loved me today.

Topic 2: Reflecting on your family, what are you grateful for today? 

Throughout COVID-19 I’ve been able to call my brother and talk to him about all sorts of things. I asked him to help me find a pair of clippers for my son, I asked him for parenting advice and we laughed about different situations from our childhood. Do you have a family member who you’ve been able to connect with today? Do you have a family member who you could call who you’d like to connect with. 

Topic 3: Thinking about your health, what are you grateful for today? 

Listen, I gotta be real with you. When COVID-19 first hit, I was down and I didn’t want to shower. So each day when I get up and shower, I count that simple action as a win. When you’re examining your daily activities, what wins did you make happen? Did you go outside and exercise? What about wearing your mask? Did you wash your hands each and every time you were supposed to? Guess what? These are all wins. 

Topic 4: Reflecting on your life, what are you most proud of today? 

As time moves on, life has a way of allowing us to forget some of our biggest accomplishments. But, I’ve learned that remembering our past successes can help us navigate through some of our darkest hours. Think about your life. Congratulate yourself again for something you handled well. 

Topic 5:  Spiritually, what are the blessings that you could count today? 

I have the good fortune of living in Los Angeles which has some of the best weather in the world. I count this among my daily blessings. My community is safe. I also consider this a blessing. Sometimes we forget the simplest of things in life, but it is in simplicity that we find our greatest blessings. Go ahead, count your blessings today. 

Use these topics as your daily COVID-19 Coping Journal template. Answering the questions will center you, empower you and just might make you feel better about the days that a lie ahead. Be blessed. If you’d like to read some of our other COVID-19 Coping articles, feel free.

Photo credit: Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

Yasmin Shiraz
Yasmin Shiraz
Yasmin Shiraz is a Screenwriter and TV producer who has worked for Lifetime, A&E, Bravo and PBS. She's a best selling author of more than 11 titles and the founder of Black TV Film Crew. She is the CEO of Still Eye Rise Media.

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