A couple of years ago, I wrote a lengthy article on positive psychology and positive psychology interventions. Positive psychology became one of my favourite theories after studying in during my postgraduate degree. As such, I’m always looking for ways to integrate it into my work. This is one of those times. The achievements collage taps into the concept of being “Meaning Oriented”, whereby you get contentment and happiness through achieving things. So let’s celebrate your greatest achievements by collating all of your images into a beautifully crisp collage.
Completing an achievements collage will also allow you to engage in “Positive Self-Appraisal”. Too often we’re led a stray by our thinking errors. We tune out the positives that happen in our lives to focus on the negatives. Having an achievements collage to look at will function as a reminder of the good things that have happened and help keep you motivated.
Furthermore, having an achievements collage will help combat your negative intrusive thoughts in a fun and creative way. I’m forever plagued by negative intrusive thoughts, which is why this idea appealed to me as a way that might help others.
What Is Positive Psychology?
This simple definition was provided by Peterson (2008). Positive psychology is the scientific approach to studying our thoughts, behaviours, and feeling, with a focus on our strengths rather than the weaknesses. The aim is to move away from solely focusing on moving people from struggling up to “normal”, and instead take people up to “great”.
Basically, it’s an approach that wants to work with people who don’t really have any issues and are getting by feeling their ok selves, intending to lift them to a better state of being. And what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. The same positive psychology methods and interventions can also help people who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
Achievements For Your Achievements Collage
The reason I’ve included this section is that you’d be surprised how hard people find remembering their achievements because of their thinking errors. To make sure you don’t get stuck here too, here are some examples of achievements.
- Getting an award.
- Exam results.
- Other academic success and qualifications gained.
Other achievements that count
- Overcoming your imposter syndrome to put yourself out there, such as applying for a promotion, going to an interview, asking for a raise, etc. no matter the outcome.
- Helping someone else.
- Completing a task on time.
- Doing chores you’ve been putting off for months because of depression.
- Learning a new skill.
- Overcoming a problem.
- Making improvements to your mental health.
- Doing something nice for someone.
- Reaching a milestone.
- Asking for help.
How To Create Your Achievements Collage
One way you could make your achievements collage is to use Canva. Canva has a section of templates you can use to make a simple collage. You can find their templates by clicking here. However, you can just as easily go old school and craft something by hand, using a scrapbook or a journal.
A basic plan for creating your achievements collage
- Select your photos and images you want to use. One way to do this could be to decide on a theme to make use of the collage to tell a story.
- Then, arrange images and photos by selecting or creating a layout.
- Next, if you’ve decided you want to tell a story, arrange your images and photos to bring your story to life.
- Now you can add some customisation, colour, patterns, and texture to personalise it and enhance it.
- When all that’s done, add any text you feel the achievements collage could benefit from.
My Achievements Collage
What I did for my achievements collage was to look at Canva for some ideas. I then used another app, Paint.net, to create the collage on my laptop. I use Paint.net to create most of the images I make for Unwanted Life. It’s a free app, and it gave me the extra flexibility I needed to finish my achievements collage quickly.
The theme I picked for my achievements collage was the milestones and achievements I’d got from my blog, Unwanted Life. I picked my blog because sometimes I’ve wanted to quit, but remembering these things has helped to keep me going.
Top left you’ll see one of my first achievements when I reached a hundred followers on WordPress. Top right was the first article I’d published on another site, which was a personal story about my childhood. Bottom left is a screenshot of my first nomination for a mental health blogging award run by Mental Health Blog Awards. I hadn’t heard of them before, so it was a really pleasant surprise for someone to nominate me. I didn’t win, but it was still nice to be nominated. The last image is from my nominations in three categories with Mental Health Blog Awards last year, which I also didn’t win. But I still consider it an achievement.
Other Uses For An Achievements Collage
An achievements collage doesn’t have to be something you create for yourself. You could also make one as a gift to make for other people to bring them some positivity. It could be an activity to do with your children to help install a healthy approach to their mental health (check out my article, How To Teach Children About Mental Health). You could also make it a work project for one of the various national mental health and self-care days that happens each year.
What do you think would be another good use for an achievements collage? Let me know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.
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Peterson, C. (2008). What is positive psychology, and what is it not? Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-good-life/200805/what-is-positive-psychology-and-what-is-it-not.