May 20th, 2020

by Alia Wilhelm & Anna White

The world self-care gets used often these days, especially as many of us attempt to reach some kind of healthy equilibrium during this wacky period in our lives. Now, more than ever, we're asking ourselves: What activities bring us peace? What pastimes spark joy? For both of us, being outdoors is a great source of self-care, as is biking and yoga. Moving, when everything else seems so stagnant, feels vital.


We've grouped together a number of different elements here which have helped us feel better in the midst of all this upheaval: wearing slippers round the house, watching the bees buzz around, listening to the birds sing, reading old Sophia Loren cookbooks and James Baldwin novels, baking cookies and eating fresh vegetables when we can. This is our way of remembering that the world is still shiny and beautiful, as are we.

We recommend printing these out pages out so you can use good old-fashioned scissors and glue to do some arts and crafts. When you're done, send a photo or a scan of your artwork to hello@nearnessproject.comHappy collaging! 

Download the first page of our kit by clicking here.


And the second page by clicking here!


This collage kit was created in partnership with GirlGaze, a jobs platform for womxn and non-binary creatives. We recommend visiting to learn more!


Alia Wilhelm is a Nearness co-founder. She works as a multimedia artist and director's assistant in London. You can follow her @aliiiiia and check out her work at

Anna White is a writer and illustrator based in Chicago, IL, and a Nearness co-founder. She also plays music in an alt-pop project called Dog Beach. You can find her on instagram @annaclairewhite