Each Mood Tracker is two parts with an added list of moods to aid in reflection and brainstorming. Part one of this mood tracker will prompt you to identify what mood you are feeling every day during the month. Once you’ve identified your mood you will fill in each apple, Candy piece, puzzel piece, raindrop, or balloon with the color that identifies the different moods you are feeling. Part two, then, is a three question reflection activity that will allow you to think through your experience.
Print these mood tracker in color or printer friendly version to help with perspective building, insight, self-awareness, and self-reflection!
So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be hosting at the end of the month! This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link by typing in the link in the flyer here and clicking the Expressive Arts Zoom link for May 29th, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email. The time of the event is in Eastern Standard Time.
**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted. Here are some details for the event:
Title: I Am The Crafter. I Am The Creator. An Evening of Vision Boards.
Description: “I Am The Crafter. I Am The Creator. An Evening of Vision Boards” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting on ourselves, our growth, and who we see ourselves to be. Starting with an ice breaker, we will sketch one image and one positive word that describes us, our passions, or a goal that we have. The main activity will then be to draw a vision board that illustrates and represents who we are. There is endless possibilities in creating our vision boards from favorite quotes, affirmations, and mantras, to symbols, goal descriptions, and self-care plans; it’s all up to the us, the crafters! Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art.
Materials: Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).
Setting goals can be difficult especially if we find ourselves unmotivated or having lots to do. For me, it helps to break up my goals from least likely to accomplish right away to something I can do today.
This week, let’s focus on our personal goals and ways we can prioritize our self-care.
What is a personal goal you want to set this week?
-What is the goal?
-Why is this goal important to you?
-How can you make sure you prioritize and accomplish this goal?
A personal goal that I’m setting this week is honoring my needs by starting my bedtime routine by 11:00 pm. Crippling insomnia has dictated most of this quarantine and I really need to prioritize my sleep so I feel less drowsy and achy the following day.
Join this prompt’s conversation here on The Mighty.
Ever wanted a moment to yourself? Ever wished you could push a “pause” button on life when you feel overwhelmed? I can relate!
I’ve recently learned a mindfulness technique that can help when you feel overcome by negative thinking. Instead of spiraling into a tough place mentally,pause. Mindfulness techniques such as this can help to build self-awareness as well as practice the art of acknowledging without spiraling.
Here are four steps you can take:
#1:Once you witness a negative thought entering your mind, pause. Say it out loud if necessary. Interrupt the thought.
#2:Acknowledge the thought. Notice why you’re thinking it.
#3:Take a deep breath.
#4:Witness the thought as just a thought and let it pass. Do not give in or allow it to shift your perspective.
The idea is to learn how to “pause” at the moment a negative thought is introduced and build mindfulness around self-care and self-awareness. Whether it’s saying “pause” out loud or manifesting a pause in our actions, the act of pausing teaches us to manage our thoughts in hopes of creating a more workable outlook on our lives and experiences.
What’s one thought you can pause today?
“Pause” is an activity/graphic I’ve created for The Mighty!
Sometimes we get wrapped up in our struggles and hardships that we don’t stop and practice activities and skills we are good at that can calm us down. Just as much as we spend our time doing things we feel we have to do, we can also do things we want to do.
Being active in activities, skills, and hobbies we are good at is satisfying and can boost our self-esteem.
The list of possible activities, skills, and hobbies are endless and aren’t limited to specifics. You can be good at whistling, organizing messes, painting, writing short stories, being a good listener, etc.
Hint: Think of what you are good at and helps you cope.
For me, I’m really good at organization and creative projects. Nothing calms me down more than the satisfying feeling of a clean and organized space to do my projects in.
You can find this Reflection card on my Mighty page here.