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    What’s something about yourself that you’re coming to terms with?

    So much reflection, so little time. 😅

    I feel like I’ve learned more about myself in the last three months than I have the past 15 years. Maybe I’ve said this before, but I’m being so serious 😣. Something I’m understanding more though now, is just how important it is for me to open myself to new experiences — without fear or hesitation. I thrive in moments where I feel free to express myself fully and hope to create those type of moments in my life. I don’t want to feel restricted or dampen my creative potential anymore.

    What about you? Is there anything you’re coming to terms with about yourself?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #ThePencilCase

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    Pick a flame! 🔥

    What flame do you want to ignite within yourself more? What are you working on getting better at?

    🔵🔥 Blue Flame: Confidence
    🟡🔥 Yellow Flame: Self-awareness
    🟠🔥 Orange Flame: Creativity/self-expression
    🔴🔥 Red Flame: Self-advocacy/standing up for yourself

    Note: Feel free to also choose your own flames in the comments below!

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #CheerMeOn #ThePencilCase

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    What does self-care look like for you today?

    I’ll go first!

    Today I will listen to my body and go at a pace that is best for me. I will also eat a filling breakfast, do my work, and help my mom as best I can with buying gifts and going grocery shopping.

    Warm reminder: You are worthy of self-care and taking the breaks you need today.

    #MentalHealth #Journaling #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #CheerMeOn #ThePencilCase

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    What are you proud of yourself for doing recently?

    Pencil Case family, I struggle so much with being proud of myself 😩. I think for me it has a lot to do with my perfectionist tendency to believe I should already know certain things even when I haven't experienced it yet... make it make sense 🤦🤔. But, in light of understanding this about myself, I wanted to spread some cheer today with sharing accomplishments.

    What's something you did recently, no matter how big or small, that you're proud of yourself for?

    For me, it was standing up for myself, speaking up, and putting my needs and what I wanted for myself first before making a decision.

    #MentalHealth #Journaling #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #CheerMeOn #ThePencilCase

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    How do you navigate making mistakes?

    One of the many lessons I’ve learned — more so in the past month than any other time in my life — is how I feel when I make mistakes. From embarrassment to shame, anxiety, and even confusion; I found that it’s really rough for me. I’m learning though, that even in the midst of navigating my feelings following a mistake I’ve made, it’s OK to be kind to myself. I’m not a bad person for not knowing something, trying something new, and not succeeding in the ways I wanted, or even exhibiting a symptom of my mental health condition.

    What are your thoughts on making mistakes? How do you navigate situations where it happens?

    Reminder: It’s OK to make mistakes and move forward. You are not your mistakes!

    #MentalHealth #Journaling #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #ThePencilCase

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    Write a comforting letter to yourself.

    I'll go first 💌

    Dear Nina,

    I know it’s been a really rough couple of weeks and you feel alone, exhausted, burnt out, and the depression is feeling heavier than usual. I know your thoughts have been racing and you’re wondering if things will get better. I know you’ve been yearning for something you think is impossible to experience, but I want you to know that you’re doing the best you can and it’s OK not to feel OK right now. It’s OK to feel negative emotions sometimes. I want you to know that I’m proud of you. You’ve accomplished so much and you’re worthy of all the happiness and love in the world. You are not void of new experiences and opportunities and this is definitely not the end-all for you. You are so much more and have so much to offer this world. You are amazing, beautiful, and talented beyond measure. I love you so much. We’ll get through this together. You deserve to be celebrated.

    Love,
    SparklyWarTanks

    #MentalHealth #Journaling #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #CheerMeOn #ThePencilCase

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    What’s an important experience you’ve had this year?

    Hi Pencil Case family! 🌸

    As we head into the home stretch of 2022, let’s reflect on something important that we’ve experienced thus far. It can be an experience you’ve learned from or an event/moment that’s impacted you positively or negatively.

    I’ll go first! An important experience I’ve had this year was getting closer to my mom and building a safe relationship with her.

    #Journaling #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #CheerMeOn #ThePencilCase

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    Make a list of three words or phrases describing your goals for the end of the year.

    My three phrases are:

    1. Content with my progress.
    2. Calm and at peace with myself.
    3. Organized and ready to take on another year.

    What words are on your list? 🙂🌟

    #Journaling #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #CheerMeOn #DistractMe #ThePencilCase

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    3% ●
    Before the sun comes up
    11% ●
    Morning
    8% ●
    Afternoon
    15% ●
    Evening
    10% ●
    Middle of the night
    28% ●
    Only when inspiration strikes
    26% ●
    I’m not writing a lot these days.
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    Write a reminder list to guide you through the week ahead.

    Let's prepare for the week ✍️.

    Either in your own journal or in the comments below, write a reminder list of important things you want to remember or accomplish this week.

    Here is my list:
    1. The NAMI-NYC Gala
    2. Therapy
    3. Food shopping
    4. Affirmations: It's OK to take my time. I'm worthy of celebration.
    5. Time management for personal creative projects and Mighty tasks.

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #CheerMeOn #DistractMe #ThePencilCase

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