1. 16:35 23rd Apr 2014

    Notes: 1

    The person sitting in front of me on the bus is reading a 25 chapter Harry/Snape fic.

     
  2. I made this as an in class activity today and I find myself oddly emotionally attached #designschool #23/04 #365

    I made this as an in class activity today and I find myself oddly emotionally attached #designschool #23/04 #365

     
  3. 23:29 22nd Apr 2014

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    Reblogged from popthirdworld

    10 reasons against Abbott’s GP fee

    popthirdworld:

    The Abbott Government is introducing a $6 GP fee in the next budget. Ten reasons why this is a bad idea:

    1. $6 is a lot for the disadvantaged. The dole is about $35 a day.
    2. It discourages the disadvantaged - pensioners, Aboriginal people, disabled people, poor people - who, ironically, have the most health concerns.
    3. It is hard enough getting people to see a doctor to check that spot, or discuss weird weight loss, or feel that testicle. We should not add disincentives.
    4. The money saved is minimal.
    5. In fact, it may ultimately cost us more. If people are less inclined to see their GP early, that spot/weight loss/testicle bump may turn into a big/costly/devastating problem. A stitch in time saves nine.
    6. We simply don’t have a problem of people going to the GP needlessly.
    7. The AMA is against it.
    8. We have no assurance that this fee will stay at $6 - the fees may keep increasing over time if we don’t nip it in the bud.
    9. More incentive for people to go to (already overcrowded) emergency departments.
    10. Let’s call a dog a dog: The Liberal Government do not like welfare for ideological reasons. They don’t like the idea of people getting a handout. I suspect this is less about saving money and more about them cutting something they don’t believe in, even if it is proving to be working.
     
  4. 22:04

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    Reblogged from katemoross

     
  5. 17:47

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    Reblogged from gaiaplantress

    neopollotan:

    Whenever I get sad about my anatomy I look at Rob Liefeld’s art and that cheers me up.

    image

     
  6. 17:46

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    Reblogged from squareroot-1

    hobbitkaiju:

    gingerzome:

    findingmyrecovery:

    Things to remember:

    • When no one is validating you, you can validate yourself
    • When no one is comforting you, you can comfort yourself
    • When no one is kind to you, you can be kind to yourself
    • When no one believes you, you can believe yourself

    You can give yourself the things that you are looking for externally. You are allowed to be good to yourself.

    i wish i saw as many posts on how to be good to yourself as i see posts letting people know they can be good to themselves.

    not that posts like this aren’t important. realizing you can give yourself these sorts of things is the first step towards developing healthy self care. but its not just about loving your self enough. you have to learn to structure your life in a way that promotes wellness and that’s a complicated process involving so many different factors for so many different people. if you haven’t loved yourself this way in a long time, you probably have little to no experience using non-destructive methods of dealing with trauma. you probably hurt yourself all the time without even noticing. figuring out what is harmful and how to care for yourself without access to professional or community resources is daunting. 

    Good point! Lemme do my bit to fix that, since this is, in fact, what I’m training to do as my job. This is just a start, there’s obviously more this subject than can be covered in one post. 

    1. Grounding yourself. When I first started therapy and people talked about ‘grounding’ as an important self-care skill, I thought this was just hippie buzzword bullshit. From what I got hearing it described, it was just about being aware of the ground underneath you and how you’re on the ground. And who the hell gave a shit about that? Obviously there’s ground underneath us, duh. 

    But grounding is not just about sitting/standing/lying on the floor and being aware that the rules of physics (such as gravity) apply to you. It’s about reminding yourself that there is enough for you, that the world is very literally holding you up, and that there is a place you belong in it. Grounding is not about “Oh hey Floor, what’s up” it’s about “I have a literal place in this world and it’s right here where I am.” Further, it’s important not just to think this but to feel it. Reminding yourself that you have a place you belong and feeling it in an embodied way via feeling gravity on your body and the ground underneath you is a VERY important self-care practice.

    2. Breathing. This is yet another self-care technique that I used to denigrate a lot. People talked to me over and over again about the importance of breathing for mental health and I just thought “This is some bullshit, I breathe 24/7 and it hasn’t done shit, I’ve definitely still got PTSD.” And as a friend of mine jokingly said, “THERE AREN’T ANY NEUROTRANSMITTERS IN MY LUNGS, THIS IS RIDICULOUS.”

    The way some people talk about breathing practices make it sound like if you just breathe in some special way it’ll magically fix all your ills, which is sadly not true. (I really wish it were) In reality, paying attention to your breathing is just a way to physiologically give your brain a boost in coping with the tough stuff. 

    I think most people will agree with me that getting the right amount of oxygen is important, given that if we have too much/too little oxygen we first keel over and then die. Breathing slowly and deeply so you get enough oxygen to your brain won’t take away your depression or fix your family or give you a job or any other magical thing—but what it can help you do is think a little more clearly when you’re struggling with depression, dealing with your family, or sitting for a job interview. It’s not magic, but it helps just that little bit. 

    3. Nourishment. Biologically speaking, for optimal function our input has to equal our expenditure. Too much in and our bodies feel gross frantically trying to process the extra, too much out and we starve. This is true emotionally as well as physically, though! If we give and give and give and don’t get the nourishment we need to equal that output, we burn out, which is the emotional equivalent of starvation or malnutrition. And it can be equally uncomfortable to feel like a “burden” when we take more than we give to others emotionally. 

    Eating food that feels good in your body and drinking enough water to keep it wet inside is super important self-care because our capacity to function (including neurologically) suffers without adequate hydration and calories. But being mentally stimulated, emotionally supported, and finding ways to give back to others are equally important. 

    Any way you get your needs met in this regard is good, as long as it hurts no one. Whether you get/give support via furry websites, AA meetings, or porn, what’s important is that you’re nourishing yourself emotionally. It’s exactly like food—some people prefer getting their calories via a sandwich, others prefer soup. How you get the nourishment isn’t relevant so long as you do. Find a way that works for you. 

    4. Mindfulness. Again, it can be easy to dismiss this concept. In my case when people talked about mindfulness, I was like “Pshaw, I notice shit I do all the time, I don’t see how that’s anything special.” But mindfulness is not just about noticing things you do at random intervals, it’s about learning to notice yourself consistently and in every situation. Further, it’s about believing that you’re worth noticing, worth paying attention to.

    There’s a lot of talk in mental health circles about slowing down and staying mindful, but for those of us who’ve got depression, slowing down often isn’t something we need to worry about. Many modern cultures emphasize high-speed movement, whether it’s on production lines or in rush-hour traffic, and it’s difficult to notice details when things are zipping past you. So for many of us, slowing down IS important. But if you’re already slowed down, what is important is not changing our natural pace but noticing what we do and how we do it. 

    Notice what you do when you’re happy, sad, excited, scared. Notice how you experience happiness, sadness, excitement, and fear. Notice how and when you connect and disconnect from others. Ask yourself “How do I know that I’m feeling what I’m feeling? Where did I learn to do what I’m doing?” Notice what’s happening around you, what you’re thinking, and what you’re doing when you go into self-loathing or you want to self-harm. Mindfulness of this type is vital in not only learning how to prevent downward spirals by getting you to see what the triggers are, but also in teaching you what makes you happy and what you can do to increase those good feelings. You deserve to be noticed, including by you. 

     
  7. 23:14 21st Apr 2014

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    Reblogged from velveteenjeeves

    Tags: pretty

    velveteenjeeves:

    So these are my crappy draws from the last week or so. I was trying to draw one pose in particular and drew almost all of them on the bus so don’t judge too harshly pls ♥

     
  8. 15:46

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    dani-kelley:

    dorkly:

    Xbox Live Demands

    The tables have turned.

     
  9. 15:35

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    Reblogged from hexperiment

    modifiedmuggles:

thievinggenius:

Tattoo done by Chad Lenjer.
@challenjer

Love it!!!

    modifiedmuggles:

    thievinggenius:

    Tattoo done by Chad Lenjer.

    @challenjer

    Love it!!!

     
  10. 15:19

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    Reblogged from devintheviking

    xombiedirge:

    Game of Thrones - All Men Must Die by BossLogic / Tumblr / Facebook