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Creating Your Personalized Self-Care Master Plan

What if you had a personalized set of operating instructions to keep yourself grounded and resilient through life’s ups and downs?

We created the Self-Care Master Plan to do just that.

While the Self-Care Master Plan is amazing (we’re obviously slightly biased), you can get started with the prompts below and some sticky notes. 

Post these lists where you’ll see them every day and add ideas as you think of them.

Things I like to do

For those days when you’re feeling “bleh” and are tempted to get sucked into hours of Instagram scrolling, it can be helpful to have a handy list of activities that fill your cup.

Pro tip: Make these things as easy and convenient as possible. For example, if you want to read more, try keeping a novel on your coffee table so that it is just as convenient to pick up as your phone.

Journal prompts:

  • What were some of your highlights of the past year? What were you doing?
  • Think about your ideal day. What’s on the agenda?
  • How can you make these things as easy as picking up your phone?
  • Need some thought-starters? Here are 95 self-care ideas.

My list includes reading fiction, going to the movies by myself, hiking, baking, seeing friends and family

People I like to see

Life is busy, but that’s no excuse for not seeing your favorite people. Think about people who leave you energized, not depleted. Don’t forget out-of-towners you could call or Skype!

Journal prompts:

  • Going back to your highlights of the past year, who were you with?
  • Who do you feel completely yourself around?

Thought-starters: Think about friends, family, coworkers, college friends, and neighbors

Power Songs

Humans are wired to respond to music. This is a list you can come back to when you're feeling low-energy or need a pick-me-up. 

This one may take some time to fill out. Add new songs as you remember them or hear them out in the world.

Journal prompts:

  • What songs make you say, “That’s my jam!” when then come on?
  • What’s your go-to karaoke song?

My list (don’t @ me): Anything by Lizzo, “Just a Girl” by No Doubt, “24k Magic” by Bruno Mars, “Champion” by Kanye West, “I Love It” by Icona Pop, “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson, “I Like It” by Cardi B, “Every Little Thing” by The Police

We hope these lists give you a little boost when you need them!

For 9 more lists, check out the full Self-Care Master Plan.

Journal prompt: Are your goals your own?

[Hi! This post is part of our new series of journal prompts. Sign up for our newsletter to get these delivered to your inbox every month.]

New Year's journal prompts are usually about identifying what you want. But what if we flipped that around for a sec?

What if you took a half hour to write about the goals your parents, friends, or partner have for you?

Who do they think you are?

Maybe your parents always wanted you to become a doctor.

...Or take over the family business.

...Or still see you as the baby, since you’re the youngest of your siblings.

Maybe your friends have labeled you as the homebody.

...Or your partner has determined that you’re not good with money.

What you find may have nothing or everything to do with your own goals, how you see yourself, or the person you want to become.

The goal here is to become aware of the expectations and limiting beliefs that other people have of you, so that you can recognize them and realize that you don’t have to accept them as your own.

Depending on your relationships, you might consider bringing these up in conversation. You could try something like:

“I’m making an effort to get my finances in order. It would mean a lot to me if you stopped saying I’m bad with money.”

But the first step is getting these ideas down on paper.

Where do you see a disconnect from what other people want for you versus what you want for yourself?

Don’t let others set the bar for you. Happy journaling-- you got this!


P.S. Still figuring out what you want for yourself? Start here.

95 Self-Care Ideas from A to Z

We all have a lot of work to do to create a more loving and just world, but you can’t take care of others unless you’re taking care of yourself.

We’ve collected some of our favorite things that cheer us up when we’re feeling… bleh.

We published them in the (very-giftable) Self Care Index: A Guide to Remembering the Things You Like to Do, but wanted to list them here for anyone to see!

  1. Ask for help
  2. Add something awesome to your home
  3. Watch Amelie (or your favorite movie, but it’s probably Amelie)
  4. Watch some adorable animal videos
  5. Bake
  6. Have a bath
  7. Browse your local bookstore
  8. Breathe into your belly
  9. Light a candle
  10. Watch the clouds
  11. Clean your room
  12. Make a cup of coffee
  13. Color something fun
  14. Compliment a stranger
  15. Google “corgi butt
  16. Create a collage with an old magazine
  17. Work on a crossword puzzle
  18. Cuddle with your pet or human companion
  19. Dance it out (may we suggest “Water Fountain” by tune-yards?)
  20. Eat your favorite dessert
  21. Donate to a cause you care about
  22. Empty your closet and donate everything you don’t wear
  23. Enjoy silly things
  24. Exercise
  25. Acknowledge your feelings
  26. Surround yourself with friends and family
  27. Build a blanket fort
  28. Build a fire
  29. Use a face mask
  30. Garden
  31. Write down what you’re grateful for
  32. Go to the gym
  33. Help someone
  34. Go for a hike
  35. Host a craft night
  36. Listen to an interesting interview
  37. Join a fun group (book club, sports team, knitting circle, etc.)
  38. Text a friend an inside joke
  39. Journal
  40. Jump on a trampoline
  41. Knit a fuzzy scarf
  42. Kiss someone / something you love
  43. Learn something new
  44. Send a letter
  45. Visit your local library
  46. Listen to a new band
  47. Buy and read a new magazine that catches your eye
  48. Get a massage
  49. Meditate
  50. Call your mom
  51. Watch your favorite movie
  52. Visit a museum
  53. Moisturize
  54. Paint your nails
  55. Take a dang nap
  56. Try a new food
  57. Talk to an octogenarian (a person in their 80s)
  58. Organize your desk
  59. Order yummy takeout
  60. Paint
  61. Go on a photography walk
  62. Look at family photos
  63. Listen to a podcast
  64. Host a potluck
  65. Pray
  66. Quote a funny movie
  67. Quit worrying for five minutes
  68. Read
  69. Put on a record
  70. Relax
  71. Go for a run
  72. Sleep for 8 hours
  73. Wear your comfiest sweater
  74. Listen to your favorite song
  75. Put on your brightest spandex and embrace your inner modern dancer
  76. Stretch!
  77. Attend a sporting event (facepaint optional)
  78. Watch your favorite stand-up comedian
  79. Watch the sunrise or sunset
  80. Have a spot of tea
  81. Write a thank-you note
  82. Tidy up
  83. Travel
  84. Unplug for 1 hour. Right now.
  85. Play your favorite video game
  86. Visit an old friend
  87. Volunteer (some causes to kickstart your brainstorming: older adults, community development, health, arts, LGBTQ, environment, animals, disabilities, education, immigration, veterans, prison reform, youth, drug abuse)
  88. Walk and walk and walk and walk
  89. Sit next to a body of water and listen
  90. Have a big ol’ glass of water (with lemon if you’re feeling fancy)
  91. Read the word-of-the-day
  92. Write a story
  93. Practice yoga
  94. Find your zen
  95. Zone out for a bit

Hooray! Our 2019 Gift Guide is Here!

If you know someone who’s into fun products that help increase productivity, self-care, and living your best life (it counts if that person is you), now’s a great time to snag some of the things you might’ve had your eye on!
The best gifts for the holidays (or for yourself, just because)
You Got This: A Mantra Coloring BookCome Over All The Time! - A Creative Guest BookHabit CalendarWeekly Schedule Magic To-Do List NotepadAnd Now, A Message From Your Constituent - Political Action PostcardsHead Up Heart Open - Vinyl Decal StickerCleveland Metroparks Mini-Guide - Visit All 18 ParksThe Look Back Plan Ahead Workbook: A Reflection and Goal-Setting Guide

New self-care stickers

We just released 7 new self-care stickers for you to snazz up your laptop, water bottles, and notebooks! One can never have too many reminders to CTFO, in my opinion. See them all here!

Self-care stickers

Cleveland Metroparks Mini-Guide and Map!

We're a proud Cleveland-based company, but we've never released any Cleveland-specific products. Until now!

We're super-fans of the Cleveland Metroparks and wanted to create a little nudge for ourselves to explore all 18 Metroparks.

Maybe you fall into the same trap we do-- always visiting the same park that's down the street instead of exploring a new park across town.

In our mini-guide, we provide an introduction and suggested beginner’s trail for each park. We also include space to jot down notes from your visit and the date you checked the park off of your list.

The map provides an overview of the 18 Metroparks with a checklist at the bottom to keep track of your progress.

Both were illustrated by Katie Daugherty. The mini-guide was written by Diane Stresing.

Mid-Year Journal Prompts

July marks halfway through the year-- and the perfect time for some reflection on your year so far.

Try to take a half hour this week to journal about the following questions. (Really! Open up your calendar right now and schedule when you'll do this!)

  • What’s been your favorite day so far this year? How can you create more of those days?
  • What big goals did you set this year? How has your progress been?
  • What might you need to change to reach your goals by the end of the year? What’s the very first step you need to take?
  • Check in with the following areas of your life: mental health, financial health, spiritual health, relationships with friends, relationships with family, romantic relationships, relationship with nature, creativity and play, organization, work, sleep.
  • What are the top three areas from the list above that might need some extra love for the rest of the year? What might that extra love look like?
  • Imagine that it’s December 31, 2019. Summarize what has happened this year. How did you do it? How do you feel? 

Hope the rest of your year is great!

Free Period Press x Eccolo Collab

I’m so excited to announce a new line of products that we've launched in partnership with stationery pros Eccolo. 

We’ve been working with these fine folks for the past year and they are finally ready for you! There are...

The Self Care Sticker Book, Keepin’ It Together Sticker Book, and Self Care Journal are all available via our website.  Everything is also available on Amazon.

Please let us know what you think and treat yourself to a little somethin’ somethin’! 


How to Collaborate With Friends On Creative Projects without Making Things Weird

We were so honored to make this mini-zine for Good Company Magazine's second issue.

It’s called How to Collaborate with Friends on Creative Projects without Making Things Weird. It includes a story about the beginning of Free Period Press, lots of tips, and even a helpful little worksheet! The issue’s theme is Fear(less) and features so many incredible stories. I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think! 

You can read the full mini-zine on Design*Sponge or buy a physical copy on Amazon.


Our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Need some gift ideas? Here’s our take on who might enjoy our stuff. As always, get free shipping on orders of $35 or more. Woop!

Coworkers, productivity pros, and the self-improvement-obsessed:

Stressed out friends (so, everyone?):
New homeowners + friends who throw great parties:
Plus, our favorite stocking stuffers:
And wrap it all up with our gift wrap!

Hope that helps! Wishing you the coziest, loveliest, and self-care-iest holiday season ever. You can do it!


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