I haven’t been feeling so great lately. Bored by my usual pleasurable activities, down about absolutely nothing, and feeling unusually morose, I don’t know what to do to make it better. Yes, I have the Bare Minimum to always go to, but I needed to take a more in-depth approach.

So I came up with this mental health “game” where I get out all my thoughts and feelings on paper. You may recognize it by its more commonly known name, journaling. I like Scribble Scrabble better. It’s got this “BLAH–I’ve got to get all this crap out of my brain and onto the page” feeling. Plus, it’s got alliteration, and you can’t go wrong there.

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The goal is simply to talk about what you’re feeling, even if you’re not sure what it it is, or feel embarrassed ranting to a page. I’ve written before, “man, this is stupid”, or “I don’t really know what to say, I feel so empty”. For me, it has always led somewhere.

You might not have any big epiphanies. Maybe you will. But that’s not the point. It’s a therapeutic tool to unblock your brain. Often, as people with mental illnesses, we shut down. Everything inside feels chaotic, dark, numb, and loud all at the same time. This journal game has helped me at least get past that part of my struggle on bad days.

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