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Mighty Toolkit Worksheets!

So excited to share my two Mighty worksheets that were a part of this amazing toolkit launched on The Mighty this month! One worksheet was on self-talk and the other on daily affirmations.

Check out the ToolKit here.

This toolkit is packed with so much free mental health printables, activities, worksheets, and resources. You don’t want to miss out!

Important Note: Make sure when you click the link above to scroll down to find my worksheets shown in the images below.


Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Love, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Power, Quotes, Self-Care, Self-Talk

Messages

  • The world needs your story.
  • Your journey is unlike anyone else’s.
  • It’s okay to cry.
  • Your power is outstanding.
  • You are meant to live in this moment right now.
  • You deserve success and happiness.
  • Your strength is enough.
  • Let it out.
  • Your thoughts don’t define who you are.
  • Your beauty is profound.
  • You are not your pain.
  • You are worthy of love and acceptance.
  • Your life is a legacy.
  • You deserve peace.
  • You can keep going.
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NAMI-NYC Virtual Expressive Arts Workshop Event: Leaves

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 here. Click the Expressive Arts Zoom link for October 31st, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free email me or leave a comment. 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
Leaves
Description
“Leaves” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting on ourselves and the year we are moving past. Starting with an ice breaker, we will think about a lesson we’ve learned this year and what we are grateful for. The main activity will then be to draw and create a pile of leaves. On each leaf, we will write either something we want to let go of or something we are looking forward to. Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art!
Materials
Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).
Hope to see you there!
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MotivateBySWT Sticker Feature: My Declaration to Power and Greatness

My Declaration to Power and Greatness Matte Sticker in MotivateBySWT Etsy Shop

Reminder: Power and greatness is in your hands. You have the ability to be anything and everything you envision for yourself. Declare who you want to be and watch yourself become just that.


Sticker available in MotivateBySWT (Motivation by SparklyWarTanks) Etsy shop now!

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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.”

Have you ever used an analogy to describe what it’s like living with an invisible illness? Join the conversation here on The Pencil Case.


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MotivateBySWT Sticker Feature: I Believe In Myself And My Progress

To Believe in Yourself Matte Sticker in MotivateBySWT Etsy Shop

Reminder: With every step in growth, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. To believe in yourself and your progress is a manifestation of continuous improvement. Believing is the first step. Take that first step.


Sticker available in MotivateBySWT (Motivation by SparklyWarTanks) Etsy shop now!

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Creative Self-Care- Crafts and Quotes on My Wall

You are light.

Even in the darkest moments you are strong enough, brave enough, and capable of feeling joy again. You are more. You are power. Remember all the times you were able to get back up. You did it once, you can do it again and again.

You exist on purpose.

The past 3 weeks have been difficult for my mental health, particularly for my depression. One of my favorite activities to do when I’m experiencing my symptoms is creating something I can see every day when I wake up.

Last night, I decided to get some card stock, scissors, a pen, and some images that reflect my vision of empowerment to write myself a message.

Every day I wake up, right next to my pillow, written by my own hand, I’m now reminded of my light, persistence, and resiliency even when my mind is telling me I’m none of these things.

As I trudge through the days exhausted and torn, I must constantly remember who I am and all I’ve accomplished simply by being me. My joy is accessible to me, it’s time I access it.

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NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts Workshop Event: Lifeboat

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be co-hosting later this month! This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link here. Click the Expressive Arts Zoom link for August 29th, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free email me or leave a comment. 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

Lifeboat

Time

5:30 pm – 7 pm EST

Description:

“Lifeboat” is a creative, reflective, and fun event focused on creatively describing ourselves, our challenges, and how we can approach those challenges using our strengths, skills, and perspective. Starting with an ice breaker, we will brainstorm our favorite slogans, affirmations, and quotes. The main activity will be to then imagine a scene of a boat out at sea. Each portion of the image signifies a different portion to approaching challenges: the sea being our challenges and things would like to improve in our daily life, the boat being the tools we use to approach those challenges and how we can take care of ourselves in the process, and sky being goals and ways we can maintain self-care using those tools in our lifeboat. Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art!

Materials

Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).

Hope to see you there!

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The Pencil Case: Are you Highly Sensitive, too?

My Story

Sometimes the world around me is a lot to process — noises are too loud, lights too bright and my thoughts often fall down a never-ending spiral. I care deeply for the people around me and wish I could do more. It’s like I’m an emotional sponge.

I’m no stranger to feeling overwhelmed and I catch myself retreating in order to feel better again. I regain my energy with creativity and love to reflect so I can better understand myself and others. My brain likes looking at the bigger picture but does so through subtleties. I see patterns and small details and my favorite questions are “why?” and “how?”

However, being highly sensitive has made me susceptible to scrutiny and criticism. I’m often “too much” or “too deep” for the liking of some people. I remember once being told, “You make things too difficult and complex and would benefit from being more simple.” That isn’t who I am though, and I shouldn’t be ashamed of how sensitive I am. It’s taken me some time to fully understand and accept my emotional nature and to perceive it as an ability instead of a burden.

While feeling deeply is no walk in the park, I am proud of how far I’ve come in my journey of self-love. But I know I still have so much more to learn. If you are a highly sensitive person like me, know that you are not alone. No matter what, you are not “too much” and I’m happy to walk this journey with you..

What are your experiences like as a highly sensitive person?


Can You Relate? Let’s Reflect!

To my highly sensitive people, we are in this together.
No matter what, you are not “too much” and I’m happy to walk this sensitivity journey with you. If you find yourself overwhelmed or overstimulated check out these reflective guided questions, they’ve helped me navigate my sensitivities:
  • How are you feeling?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed, anxious, frustrated, or overstimulated? Where and when do you feel this way?
  • Are you overextending your energy?
  • When was the last time you took a break?
  • Do you need time alone?
  • What places help you feel safe?
  • What are your triggers and how can you manage them?
  • What is in your control?
  • What are your needs? How can you prioritize your needs better?
  • What are your limits? What are you okay/not okay with?
  • Do you need to write down your thoughts or talk them out?
  • Who can you ask for help?

Join this conversation here in The Pencil Case on The Mighty, or comment on this post!