Oh dear, big fail. Since last month life has been about everything but writing. I really need to sort this out. I even forgot about the IWSG post!
I did write a poem to share with my students tomorrow though (because I’m expecting them to be creative so it’s a quid pro quo).
Because this slipped into Thursday – Happy World Book Day. I’m hosting a discussion online and IRL on The Shock of the Fall. I’d recommend it.
Every year in my unit I use a fun creative activity to explore the concept of task analysis, activity analysis and occupational mapping. I call it the monster mash. This year I incorporated #TimetoTalk and we made monsters that either represented how mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety feel, or monsters that might help chase those feelings away.
Here is my monster which represents how depression can feel like a fog around you. The red cheeks are the embarrassment you can feel when sharing experiences of mental ill health and the purple buttons the concept of feeling stared at or observed warily. I briefly shared my own experiences with depression.
On the positive side the purple gems represent the glimmers of hope that we can cling to. Finally the geek badge is shining through the fog because it is no longer something that contributes to depressive feelings. I’m proud of my geek status and taking part in geeky activities helps my mood.
Did you have Time to Talk about mental health today?
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The Boggart is the creature in Harry Potter that transforms into your worst fears – for Neville that’s Professor Snape, Harry a Dementor, and Ron a spider.
Urrrrggggghhh spider *shivers and checks the ceiling*. I share this fear.
Unfortunately in the Muggle world I don’t think I can conjure some roller skates for a spider with the spell Riddikulus. Although I have drawn a friendly spider (!).
Instead I am turning to another favourite book – Divergent by Veronica Roth – for inspiration for how I can face my fear. In Divergent as part of the initiation into the faction Dauntless, initiates enter their own fear landscape. But the challenge isn’t about conquering or ridding yourself of your fear but learning how to control it.
In May I will (gulps very very hard) hold a tarantula for a minute (an activity that was very much not on my Bucket List).
I will be doing this to raise money for Forest Holme Hospice. The link at the beginning of the post takes you to my JustGiving page.
I’m not the only one who will be taking part in ‘Face Your Boggart’ so do keep clicking on the team link to see who will be joining me – are you brave enough?