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Pencil Case Prompts: Moments of Empowerment

Activity

Share a moment where you felt empowered.


Reflection

A moment, I remember, where I felt empowered was when I decided to ask for help with my mental health instead of isolating myself and struggling on my own. At that moment I knew I was capable and willing to receive help without feeling shame or embarrassment.

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Defying Shadows Article: Perfectionism, PTSD, and How I’m Learning to Overcome the Hustle Mentality

The hustle mentality for me is driven by a desire for financial freedom and emotional wellness. The flaws in my hustle mentality, however, are rooted in “destination addiction” constantly feeling as though satisfaction is achieved in something I don’t have yet. Because I’m always working for something greater and better than my last accomplishment, I also find myself lost in perfectionism.

Article Link: Perfectionism, PTSD, and How I’m Learning to Overcome the Hustle Mentality

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Pencil Case Prompts: To Me…From Me…

Activity

Write an encouraging message to yourself for the week ahead.

The message can include a goal you have, an affirmation you want to practice, self-care methods you want to add to your schedule, or a reminder to do your best.

My Reflection

To Nina,

Take one moment at a time. Whatever you accomplish this week is good enough. Remember to rest and take breaks. You are doing a great job so far. I’m proud of you.
-From, Yourself

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#CheckInWithMe If You’re Chasing Perfection

Mighty Newsletter Reflection

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve struggled with perfectionism and negative self-talk. From the daily “I have to finish everything on my to-do list or else I’m unsuccessful today” to the weekly feeling of fear that I’m not putting in enough effort toward my goals — this constant spiral of always having to do more is exhausting. And because perfectionism has me constantly in a “doing trance,” I haven’t felt accomplished or proud of any of my wonderful achievements in a long time.

However, in my efforts to get rid of the dictator that is perfectionism, I recently crafted some stars to put on the walls of my bedroom. These stars mean more to me than just colorful construction paper in the shape of an astronomical object.

Every day when I look at my stars, I am reminded that I’m successful and have achieved so much to get to this very moment. My success is not measured by how much I’ve done but simply by who I am and the strength I give each day. Simply waking up is enough reason to look up at my stars stamping that day as an achievement.

Here are 3 possible ways you could celebrate your own accomplishments:

– Share your achievements with a family member or friend and do a fun activity with them
– Write a list of the wins that make you proud, put it on your refrigerator and pass it often
– Take a mental health day where you reward yourself with all of your favorites, like a TV show or movie, a great read or a meal comprised of your fave snacks.

Takeaway: Your worth is so much more than what you do each day it’s naturally ingrained in who you are. It can never be taken away.

Note: You can find the stickers on my stars here in my Etsy shop!

Pencil Case Prompt Activity

What’s one way you can celebrate yourself?

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Pencil Case Prompts: Let It Go Like a Dandelion in The Wind

Exercise

Limiting beliefs and negative thoughts can hold us back from who we want to be, where we want to go, and what we want to achieve.

What negative thought or limiting belief do you want to let go of right now? Replace it with a positive affirmation.

My Reflection

I want to let go of the negative thought “I’m ” too different” to be fully accepted and loved unconditionally.”
Affirmation: I am deserving of acceptance and love. I accept and love myself.

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Defying Shadows Article: How Much Self-Care is Too Much Self-Care?

Self-care is an essential part of your everyday schedule. Whether you are sleeping in on the weekends or days off, going to therapy, writing, reflecting, taking bubble baths, having a mental health day, or making time for your hobbies, prioritizing self-care helps you to stay grounded and connected with yourself. But, are there moments where you are having “too much” self-care? How do you decide your self-care limits? In what ways can you balance between enough, too much, or too little self-care?

What do you think? Is there such thing as “too much self-care?”

Article Link: How Much Self-Care is Too Much Self-Care?”

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Defying Shadows Article: How to Shift From a Negative to a Positive Mindset

Learning to shift and grow from a conditioned negative mindset to a positive one is a process that can add value and meaning to your life. A part of this process is the willingness to open your perspective, improve your self-awareness, navigate the discomfort of the unknown, and learn new ideas from the environment and people around you.

Article link: How to Shift From a Negative to a Positive Mindset

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Pencil Case Prompts: Uplifting Words

Activity

Comment below uplifting words of encouragement you would give someone who may be struggling.


My Words

You are more than the negative thoughts. You can overcome what you are struggling with. I believe in you. Lots of love and hugs.


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Pencil Case Prompts: Pick a Flower

Choose a flower and follow the prompt that goes with each flower.
Purple and Green: What are 5 goals you would like to set this week?
Pink and Yellow: What is your favorite method of self-care? Why?
Orange and Yellow: Name 15 positive traits about yourself.
Note: Feel free to choose as many flowers as you would like.

My Reflection

I choose the purple and green flower.

5 goals I would like to set this week are:
1. Set aside 1 hour every day to self-care and relax.
2. Finish 2 of the mood trackers I’ve been working on.
3. Finish my article on Tuesday.
4. Go to bed before 2 am.
5. Finish the 2nd test for my certification.

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Pencil Case Prompts: If You Made an Album and Called it 2020…

If you made a 10 track album and called it “2020” what would you name the 10 songs in your album?
Note: The song titles can reflect what you’ve learned, your struggles, a memory, how you were feeling, etc. Feel free to be creative!
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My 2020 Album Song titles would be:
1. Broken Anxiety
2. PDD and PTSD
3. Revelation
4. Letters to Peace
5. Power in Distance
6. Changes
7. Who is she?
8. Boundaries
9. Gone With The People-Pleasing
10. Should I Care?

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