Self-Care Tip of the Month

Try journaling to help you get through pandemic stress

Jacinda McMenamin, Health and Wellness Editor

Our school support staff recommends journaling as a way to cope with the stress of the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of

Each month our School Support Staff shares a self-care tip to help us get through the pandemic. This month our school counselors recommend we try journaling.

Journaling is something we can all do. There is no right or wrong way to journal. Psychology Today states, “journaling is all about dumping that stuff floating around in your head and then being able to walk away from it. By externalizing your thoughts and feelings through journaling, you tend to have less to ‘carry around’ psychologically. Your brain will thank you. Journaling also gives you the unique ability to look back and see how much you have grown” (Sarkis, 2020).

Try these journal prompts to start:

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What inspires you?

What did you accomplish today?

What/who are you grateful for?

SOURCE: Sarkis, S. (2020). Discover 8 Journaling Techniques for Better Mental Health. Learn new ways to journal so you can reduce stress and increase self-awareness. Psychology Today. Retrieved from h