Welcome to our very first craft tutorial!
This tutorial is focused on something that is very important to Celebrate Your Flaws, which is rewarding ourselves for victories. It is so easy to get discouraged by everything depression holds you back from and the impact it has on your life. That’s why focusing on your victories and rewarding yourself for them is so important. This simple chart accomplishes just that: by writing a list of reasonable goals and creating a goal chart, we can stay focused on what we’re doing right, and work towards a healthier routine.
Enjoy the video!
Below it you will find a step-by-step guide and some of my tips and tricks.
- Paper – I used scrapbooking paper this time, but you can use whatever you like. I find poster board works really well.
- Stickers… You can always try the classic gold star, or try something a little more fun instead.
- Notebook paper (optional)
- Scissors (optional)
1. Create a list of reasonable goals. These can be as small as brushing your teeth or as big as going to Zumba. It’s up to you, where you’re at with your depression, and what you want to accomplish. I made a list of 10 to keep it nice and even but the content is what matters here, so choose as many or as few as you need.
2. Using your ruler and pencil, measure and mark out your lines on your paper. I think it’s easier to just map out the horizontal lines at this point, and add your graph lines after writing in your goals but again, it’s your chart, you do you.
3. Go back over your lines using your ruler and the marker you like the best. While you have that marker go ahead and start writing your goals out in the grid lines.
4. You’re pretty much done. Now it’s time to get started on your rewards system. Give yourself a star whenever you can, really pay attention to your behavior and you’ll start to see what kind of awesome things you can accomplish.
If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself and stickers just aren’t enough, try to implement some sort of rewards program. Last time I made this I made an accompanying list of “prizes”- a list of impulse buys I wanted, varying in value. Every sticker was a dollar I earned towards one of my prizes. So if I got 40 stickers I could get a pedicure, if I saved up 400 I could get the headboard I’ve been dying to have. It was a really cool way to motivate myself during a particularly grueling medication change, and it helped me work on my finances in the process.
If you’re having a hard time thinking of what to put on your goals list, don’t get stressed out. I have some suggestions here you can draw inspiration from.
-changing out of your pajamas
-brushing your teeth
-spending 10 minutes outside
-going for a run
-doing 10 minutes of yoga or meditation
-singing a favorite song
-catching up with a friend
-practicing self care
-repeating a positive mantra
-going out with a friend
-going to the gym
-cleaning a room
-doing a load of laundry
-writing a journal entry
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If you made a rewards chart, I’d love to see it! Please show me in the comments.