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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?
It’s the first Wednesday of the month (just – sneaking this post in at 30 minutes to midnight) so it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post – this month I am going to talk about:
I’ve colour coded my WIP, Tetrana, in Scrivener to show whose point of view each scene is from and to show if a scene has been edited or not. But whenever I plan to sit down to actually do the editing I can’t seem to do it. The drafting process is where I feel most comfortable and I think I’m afraid of ruining things by interfering. I’m also using Scrivener’s snapshot feature to make sure I have the option to go back but this month I’m after advice to move forward. I really want to finish a full draft. Please help.