Please consider keeping a journal during these unusual times.
And consider sharing it with us for future researchers.
Writer’s block? Here are some tips for journaling the pandemic:
How do you express your thoughts? Pick the journal format that works best for you. If not a written journal, maybe it is a daily audio recording or photo project.
Include your personal reactions to the following types of situations:
- Working from home
- Changes to your routine tasks, such as grocery shopping
- The news media reports
- Your own illness or that of a family member
Include what you have been doing to pass the time at home:
- What did you do to stay in good spirits while in quarantine?
- What is your favorite music, movie or television program to stream during a pandemic?
- How did you interact with others without putting them or yourself at risk?
- If you have chosen to ignore the guidelines, what is that like?
Include thoughts about other specific situations during the pandemic:
- What have you struggled with during quarantine?
- If you are a medical care worker, what is it like?
- If you own or manage a business, how did the pandemic impact you?
- If you had to continue working on-site at your job, what changes did you have to make to your workday?
- If you became unemployed, how are you dealing with it?
- How was the pandemic presented to your children?
- How did your children react to being out of school?
Maybe you take photos of the changes in the community.
Here are a few photos I have taken in the past few days around Glenwood of wooden Easter Eggs, hearts in windows, and decorated sidewalks to make walks more fun. The playgrounds are closed off, but there is food in the little free libraries.