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I have been enjoying the 30 Day Challenge that I am doing at the moment but I have to be honest and admit that I am finding it very vague and a little tame.

So I thought I would (with the help of my daughter Nicky) design my own, and here it is… The “Try Looking At It Through My Eyes” Challenge.

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Here’s how it works…

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…

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.

Have fun 🙂

PS.  I meant to mention – feel free to use the challenge graphic 🙂

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