the declaration of you book

This summer I shared eight creative ways to practice self-care. I found three more creative tips in Jessica Swift and Michelle Ward’s book The Declaration of You

I love their suggestions because they’re positive, playful, and they involve arts and crafts. (If you have kids, these are fun activities to do together.)

Keep a warm fuzzies folder.

This is a folder you can keep on you computer or in a notebook. Any time someone compliments you or gives you kind feedback, print it out, and put it in your folder.

If someone tells you, instead, write it down, and include it in the folder.

(Therese Borchard has something similar, which she calls her “self-esteem file.”)

Jessica keeps her warm fuzzies folder in her email. In it, she stores all the positive emails she receives. Michelle keeps her folder on Evernote.

Dream up and draw your alter ego.

Your alter ego is your inner parent. That’s the person who makes sure that you’re treating yourself well.

As Jessica and Michelle write, “Think of what he or she looks like, how he or she sounds, and what his or her name is.” Next, draw this person, and write down their bio or mission.

For instance, if you’d like to be reminded to have more fun, you might draw Fiona, “who has purple hair and writes in crayon and loves karaoke.”

Craft a self-care reminder.

Sometimes, in the midst of daily chores and to-dos, we forget to take care of ourselves. That’s why it helps to have a visual reminder, which reminds you to carve out time for yourself. Put this reminder on your computer, TV, mirror or any other place you like.

Here’s what you’ll need: colored cardstock, patterned paper, scissors, glue, markers, a popsicle stick and clear tape. (Of course, if you don’t have these things, just improvise, and use whatever you do have.)

Simply, cut out any shape you like from your patterned paper. Then cut a smaller shape from your cardstock. Glue the cardstock to the paper. Then write down your reminder.

You might include how you’d like to care for yourself this month, or new things you’d like to try (such as dancing or having lunch in the park). You’ll find more self-care suggestions in this post, this one and this one.

Then, once you’ve written down your reminder, glue your popsicle stick, and tape it to your computer or anywhere else you like. Let it remind you to be compassionate to yourself and make time for self-care.

Which self-care tip speaks to you? What’s your favorite way to care for yourself?



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    Last reviewed: 11 Oct 2013

APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2013). 3 More Creative Ways To Practice Self-Care. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 31, 2015, from




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