Why not? Rats are great.
In all seriousness, the title comes from a Mark Freeman video (I believe this one on intrusive thoughts) where he recommends getting off ‘the rat wheel’, i.e. constantly ruminating, and choosing not to do so.
It’s been a long struggle with anxiety and various other mental health issues throughout my life, but I am finally getting there. A few of the things that helped me were Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The latter truly helped me give me my life back, but primarily it was recognising my own self worth.
And one of the ways I did that was to write letters to myself, the way I would a friend – recognising the scared little creature in my brain that just wants to hide away in the shadows, but loving it, not hating it. Usually it doesn’t want to listen, but I love it anyway.
(Plus, I just really like rats. And drawing rats. I figure as my mental health skills improve, so will my drawings. We’ll see about that!)