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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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Defying Shadows: How I’m Overcoming the Fear of “What Ifs” as Someone With Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD

Although my fear of the unknown masked as “what if” questions continue to greet me early in the morning, I can find refuge in knowing I can go to my self-care tools to fight back and be more mindful about the thoughts I encourage.”

Article Link: How I’m Overcoming the Fear of “What Ifs” as Someone With Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD

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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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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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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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Beginning the Process of Letting Go: Space, Grace, and Time

Release the tension in your shoulders, sit straight, and breathe. Give yourself time, space, and the grace necessary to let go of anything you are holding on to. Allow the ebbs and flows of the process to teach you what you need to progress and move forward.

  • What makes you feel frustrated or unhappy?
  • What memories resurface?
  • Who can you ask for help?
  • How can you prioritize yourself better?
  • What are your next steps in processing your emotional healing?
  • What do you need?

Listen to your body.
Listen to your triggers.
Understand yourself.
Affirm you are ready to move forward.

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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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#CheckInWithMe in The Pencil Case: Weekly Goals and Backpack Supplies

Comment below what backpack item represents your goal for this week:
Calculator– Working and getting things done
Pencil– Writing and reflecting
Ruler– Asking for help and working on prioritizing your needs
Notebooks– Being Creative
Water bottle– Resting and taking a break
Eraser– Other [Add your own goal!]
Feel free to choose more than one item/goal, too!
I’m taking notebooks and a calculator out of my backpack this week.
Reminder: You are good enough and capable of achieving everything you set your mind to.

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#CheckInWithMe in The Pencil Case: How Is This Week Going?

What color drink describes how this week is going for you?
Comment with the color drink that describes how this week is going so far:
Blue- Great!
White- Good.
Yellow- Okay, I guess.
Purple- Ehh
Gray- Not so great.
Pink- It was challenging, would like support.
Reminder: You are doing the best you can and that is always good enough.

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Pick a self-kindness affirmation card to accompany you through the rest of the week:

1. I am enough.
2. I give myself permission to rest.
3. I give myself space to learn and grow.
4. It’s okay for me to ask for help.
5. My worth is not dependent on how much I get done.
6. I honor my needs by resting when my body tells me to.

Feel free to add your own affirmation!

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