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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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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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Pencil Case Prompts: Gratefulness Challenge!

Make a list of 10 people, places, things, or ideas you are grateful for.

Note: Feel free to be creative, reflective, and thoughtful.

What helps you to feel calm?
What do you look forward to?
Who is important to you?
What ideas help you to keep going?
What places help you feel relaxed or safe?


I’m grateful for:
1. Moments of peace and clarity.
2. My family and friends.
3. My pillows.
4. Creativity!
5. My therapist and doctors.
6. Kind-hearted and authentic people.
7. Healing and letting go.
8. Growth.
9. Writing.
10. My bedroom.


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Pencil Case Prompts: Ever Thought of Writing a Book?


If you ever wrote a book what would that book be about? (If you already wrote a book, do you want to write another one?)
-What genre would the book be in?
– Are there characters in your book? Who would the main character be?
-Would your book have a lesson?
Let me know in the comments below or feel free to journal about this prompt!

If I ever wrote a book it would be nonfiction and a mixture of my creative and reflective writing.

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Pencil Case Prompts: What will you NOT do this week?

Sometimes prioritizing self-care means not engaging, participating, encouraging, or taking part in something. What will you not be doing this week?
Let me know in the comments below!

For me, I will not:

1. Encourage negative thoughts.
2. Procrastinate in finishing my certification.
3. Continue to speak down on myself.
4. Push myself when I feel exhausted and need a break.

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Pencil Case Prompts Discussion Topic: Creativity

1. What does creativity mean to you?

2. How have you incorporated creativity into your daily/weekly schedule?

3. When you hear the word “create” what thoughts come to your mind?

4. How do you stay motivated in your creative process?

5. If you have a condition, does your condition affect how you express your creativity?

Drop what you think of creativity in the comments below.


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For Those Who Know What It’s Like Living with an “Invisible Illness”: Mighty Analogies

“One of the toughest challenges I face living with an invisible illness is explaining to others what it’s like to be in my head. From the long anxious nights fighting insomnia to struggling to find the motivation to get out of bed most mornings, one of the only ways I’m able to explain what it’s like to grapple with my persistent depression is by using analogies.

Analogies help me to be both creative and descriptive as I paint a mental image of my experiences. The most recent analogy I’ve used to explain my depression to my therapist is the most spot-on, especially since this year has been my toughest one yet.

My analogy goes a little like this: Living with persistent depressive disorder is like a series of dark tunnels in my mind. There are no lights at the end of any of these tunnels. Instead, the lights are in small pockets underneath street lamps surrounded by fireflies. These fireflies represent strength, reassurance, and growth. And although they aren’t everlasting, I can use what I’ve learned from them while I continue to crawl along in my dark tunnel.

I’m proud to know my toolbox is filled with everything I’ve learned in the light, but that doesn’t make my darkness end — I face that reality every day. But with that knowledge, I can keep going because I know I’ll soon reach another bright pocket.

Reminder:

If you ever find yourself in your own dark tunnel, it’s OK to rest and take a peek inside your self-care toolbox. You are not alone and the darkness doesn’t always last forever.”

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#CheckInWithMe in The Pencil Case: Positivity, Snacks, and Self-Care

Comment below what snack represents what type of positivity and power boost you need this week from your self-care menu.

  1. Bravery Cupcake
  2. Cookies of Courage
  3. Fortune Cookie of Peace.
  4. Freshly Picked Fruit Basket of Support.
  5. Patient Chocolate Bar.
  6. Energy Flavored Ice Cream.
  7. Rainbow Candies of Rest.
  8. Confidence Boost Milkshake.
Feel free to choose as many snacks as you want!
I am in need of a fortune cookie of peace, energy flavored ice cream, and rainbow candies of rest.
Affirmation: I am powerful and use positivity to help me move forward.

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