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 general questions/subjects (one per day) and to reflect upon them and then to answer them as honestly and candidly as possible.
1. Five ways to win your heart.
2. Something you feel strongly about
3. A book you love.
4. Bullet your whole day
5. Things you want to say to an ex
6. Your views on mainstream music
7. Five pet peeves
8. What you ate today
9. How important you think education is
10. Put your music player on shuffle and write the first ten songs that play
11. Your family
12. Five guys (or gals) whom you find attractive
13. Your opinion about your body and how comfortable you are with it
14. What you wore today
15. Your Zodiac/horoscope and do you think it fits your personality
16. Something you always think “What if…” about
17. Something that you are proud of
18. A problem that you have had
19. Five items you lust after
20. Your fears
21. How you hope your future will be like
22. Your academics
23. Something that you miss
24. Five words/phrases that make you laugh
25. Something you’re currently worrying about
26. Things you like and dislike about yourself
27. A quote you try to live by
28. Somewhere you’d like to move to or visit
29. Five weird things that you like
30. One thing you’re excited for.
My answers can be found at the following places…
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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
30 Day Mental Illness Awareness Challenge.
It looks like a very interesting challenge and so – since I haven’t posted anything of late – I thought that I would do the challenge. Which includes writing on the following subjects over the next 30 days…
Day 1: What is/are your mental illness(es)? Explain it a little.
Day 2: How do you feel about your diagnosis?
Day 3: What treatment or coping skills are most effective for you?
Day 4: What are the pros and cons of having a mental illness(es) or your specific illness(es)?
Day 5: Do you believe nature (biology/physiology), nurture(environment), a mix, or something else has an impact on mental health?
Day 6: Do you have a family history of mental illness or mental health issues?
Day 7: Do you think there are any triggers or patterns to how your illness(es) effects you?
Day 8: What age you were diagnosed at? At what age do you think your symptoms began? (You can make a timeline)
Day 9: What are some of the important events in your life, that may have effected your mental illness(es) for the worse or better? (You can make a timeline)
Day 10: What is the best thing in regards to your mental illness(es)?
Day 11: What is the worst thing in regard to your mental illness(es)?
Day 12: What do you think about your diagnosis in general? (Some ideas are: stereotypes, commonalities, misdiagnosis, over diagnosis)
Day 13: If you know the criteria of your illness(es) which ones do you think you meet? Or what are your most common symptoms?
Day 14: Have you ever experienced stigma?
Day 15: How has your life been effected by your illness(es)? (Some ideas are: relationships, career, school)
Day 16: How many people are you “out” to with your mental illness(es)? Why?
Day 17: If you could get rid of your mental illness(es) would you? Why or why not?
Day 18: What do you wish people would understand in regards to mental illness and/or mental health?
Day 19: Have you ever read a self-help book or a book related to psychology? What is your opinion on them? If you have read them do you have a favorite?
Day 20: Where do you get your support?
Day 21: Many people say stress triggers symptoms, do you agree or disagree?
Day 22: What is your opinion on medication used to treat mental illness(es)?
Day 23: What is your opinion on therapy? (It can be any type, some examples are: group therapy, talk therapy, social skills training, exposure therapy, ERP, DBT, CBT, ACT, marital counseling, and many more)
Day 24: What is your opinion on alternative treatments or treatments that aren’t commonly used? (Some examples are: EMDR, hypnotherapy, herbal or vitamin supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy, art, music, or recreational therapy, ECT, VNS, TMS, DBS)
Day 25: What is your opinion on forced/coercion in mental health treatment? Can be legal (law enforcement or psychiatric holds) or a “helping” friend/family member.
Day 26: How is your day-to-day life effected by your mental illness(es)?
Day 27: Explain a “good” day.
Day 28: Explain a “bad” day.
Day 29: What are a few of your goals regarding your mental health.
Day 30: What does recovery mean to you?
Posts specific to the above challenge.
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10,
Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18, Day 19, Day 20,
Day 21, Day 22, Day 23, Day 24, Day 25, Day 26, Day 27, Day 28, Day 29, Day 30.
The “Questions To A Parent With Mental Illness” Challenge.
This challenge came about as a result of a conversation with one of my daughters. And nearly all the questions are from her. Although I have added a couple of my own just to make it a 30 Day challenge. (More about this can be found here.)
- Am I part of the cause of your mental illness?
- Is mental illness hereditary?
- Do I make your mental health worse?
- When your mental health is bad, what can I do to help?
- When your mental health is bad do you try to protect me from it, and why?
- Why do you pull away and isolate from me, when your mental health is bad?
- What positives do you think your mental illness brings to our relationship?
- Tell me one thing that I do which makes your mental health better?
- Tell me one thing that I do which makes your mental health worse?
- If you had to choose just one of your mental health conditions which I would experience for a day. Which one would you choose, and why?
- Do you find it difficult to talk to me about your mental health, and if so why?
- How do you think your mental health effects our family now?
- Ho do you think your mental health effected our family in the past?
- How do you think your mental health will effect our family in the future?
- Choose one thing that you would change about your mental health if you could. And why?
- Which of your traits and personality would you like to pass on to me and why?
- Which of your traits and personality would you like me to avoid having and why?
- To me you are just my Dad, but how do you think others see you?
- What parts of your mental health do you think I would like to change, and why?
- I sometimes hear others putting labels on you. How does that make you feel?
- What are some of the things that you do which affect your mental health badly?
- What are some of the things that you do which affect your mental health positively?
- If I was the one who had your mental illness, and not you. What would you want to ask me?
- If I was the one who had your mental illness, and not you. What would you want me to know?
- How do you think your mental illness affects the way you love me?
- How do you think your mental illness affects the way I love you?
- How do you think your mental illness affects the way you allow me to love you?
- Do you think you will ever have really good mental health?
- Do you sometimes feel guilty for having a mental illness?
- If there was one thing that you would have me learn from your battle with mental illness, what would it be?
Posts specific to the above challenge: