On this page I shall be listed the different challenges that I have either thought-up or have come across and which can be both fun and/or helpful to do in my opinion.
Each title contains a link to where that one appears on this blog so you can get a better idea of it.
I hope you enjoy them and will think about participating.
No idea who invented this one – not one of mine I have to admit but I really enjoyed doing it.
All you have to do is answer the questions that are set alphabetically.
This one was in response to something I had read and which was written by Stephen Fry. The thought process, as daft and unorthodox as it may at first seem, was that writing a letter to our former self could indeed provide us with some great insights, and I asked “whether it could provide us with some form of release, some form of benefit, some element of healing or forgiveness, some kind of catharsis”
So that is all you have to do. Write a letter to your former self. Choose a pivotal or important age in your childhood or early life and having lived the life you have lived, write to your younger self. What would you want yourself to have known then that you know now?
This one I came up with as part of Tag I’m It Too a tagging game which did the rounds.
It is a game where you represent your life in a movie – nothing more, nothing less.
Ok, this one I came up with because I feel that poor mental health can often rob us of our passions and interests ad as a way of re-connecting to them.
List 12 passions that you have and commit to exploring them and sharing your explorations.
As folk who suffer from poor mental health one of the side effects of this can be that we often have a very poor self-image or very low self-worth. The idea of this challenge is to remind ourselves that we too can be and are worth loving.
The idea of this challenge is to look at thirty different questions/subjects (one per day) and t reflect upon them and then to answer them as honestly and candidly as possible.
My answers can be found at the following places…
The challenge is specific to those who suffer with mental illness or poor mental health and lasts 12 days in total. You can do these either consecutively or as and when the inspiration takes you… (Thanks to my daughter Nicky for her help)
Simply follow the daily instructions….
Day One - “She” (Or if you are male “He”) - Write a short story about someone who has just been diagnosed with your mental illness/condition and who is the age you were when you were diagnosed. What happened, what were they expecting, what are their feelings etc?
Day Two - “My Eyes” – Take and publish a photo of your eyes (or if you prefer simply look in the mirror). Using no less that 50 words imagine those eyes belonged to a stranger and you are looking into them for the first time. What do those eyes alone say to you about the person whose eyes they are?
Day Three - “The miracle Button” – If I offered you a miracle button which when pressed would instantly take away your mental health issues – would you press it or not? And why?
Day Four - “The Trade Off” – You walk into a fun fair or state fair and see a small tent entitled “The Trade Off”. Curious you go and look at the writing under the sign only to learn that for 1 dollar, euro or pound, you get to take a pill which will allow you to trade your mental health condition for another mental condition of your choosing for a whole week. The only rules are that you have to trade one for one and there are no returns until the end of that week. Would you do it, what would you choose and why?
Day Five - “Younger Self” Write a letter to your younger self telling them the things you think they will need to know about when they are diagnosed with your condition.
Day Six - “The Support Group” If you could start a support group specific to your mental illness what would it do, what activities, what purpose etc and what would you call it?
Day Seven - “The Day Out” – If you could be taken any place fairly local for a day, where would choose, who would choose to go with, what would you like to do and why those choices?
Day Eight - “The CLOSE Friend” – If you had a friend who spoke to you or treated you the way you speak to and treat yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend and why?
Day Nine – “Questions for Heaven” What questions relating to your mental health would you ask God and why?
Day Ten – “The Time Machine” If you could go back and watch one day of your life, what day would it be, why and what do you expect to see?
Day Eleven – “The Forgiving” – Choose one thing in your life that you have done and feel guilty for and write yourself a letter forgiving yourself for that thing. Ps. You don’t need to name the thing you did unless you feel comfortable doing so.
Day Twelve – “The Roundup” – Spend a little time looking back over all of your responses in this challenge and write a short roundup of how you tackled them, how they made you feel, and whether or not you think/feel you enjoyed or benefited from them.
The idea is that these can all be done in your personal blogs and are completely voluntary in whether or not you do them or how much or little information you share.
Additionally if you really want to do one but only want certain people to read it don’t forget you can always use your password protected post option.
And feel free to use the logo/graphic if you so wish