Literally my math teacher abandoned today’s lesson because some kid brought his kitten to school i don’t even know
7/11 breathing. A skill to use for anxiety. It’s recommended to do it for 10-15 minutes. Like any other skill it does require a lot of practice. I advice that you practice it when you are feeling calm so you are ready in a time of need. If you lose count, which is easily done, simply start again until you do 15 minutes. It will also help with distraction even if you don’t get it right the first hundred times.
Breathing out longer than you breathe in actually activates your parasympathetic nervous system!
Anxiety is your sympathetic nervous system (“fight or flight”) setting off all the alarms, while breathing like this will set the parasympathetic system (“rest and digest”) into action shutting off the alarms and settling your nerves.
Other things that help: laughing, checking out what’s going on around you (moving head and eyes to orient to your surroundings), getting curious about something.
Take care, be safe.
Please use this, guys, it can really help calm you while being triggered and when you’re in a stressful environment.
kitties are kitties no matter what size
That lion has one of the most majestic looking manes, that I’ve ever seen before.
MENDEDPIXIE’S 400 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY
I’m about 30 followers away from 400, so this giveaway is to celebrate that achievement, and to thank my followers for sticking around.
Gypsy complete book and lyrics by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim
Into the Woods complete book and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
The Book of Mormon complete book and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone
Avenue Q complete book and lyrics by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty
Next to Normal complete book and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorke
You must be following me.
You must NOT be a giveaway blog (I’ll be checking).
Only reblogs count. You can like for bookmarking/appreciation purposes, but likes won’t count towards winning.
Everyone is allowed to enter a total of six times, via reblogs. DO NOT reblog more than six times!
The winners will be chosen via a random drawing.
I will choose the winners of the giveaway the day I reach 400 followers, and I will also announce that the contest is closed on that day.
I will reblog this post once a day until then.
I will notify the winners of the giveaway 1-2 days after the closing of the contest.
If a winner doesn’t respond in 2 days time, I will redraw for another winner of that prize.
Do not delete these rules/commentary!
Have fun, and good luck!
so it’s a giveaway i guess. this was actually meant for when i hit 1k followers now it’s like a 1.1k oops. i love you all so much ♥
the stuff i’m giving away
⋆ 4 newsies gaybills
⋆ a newsies playbill signed by the entire cast
⋆ three book of mormon playbills
⋆ two matilda playbills (not pictured)
⋆ a boatload of flyers like i have so many take them
⋆ 500+ notes and i’ll throw in a gaybill shirt shown here x
tha rules (i know boring stuff)
⋆ mbf me
⋆ the giveaway is worldwide
⋆ there will be 8 winners, each getting 1 playbill and two flyers (if they wish), choosing in the order i picked them
⋆ giveaway ends september 2nd, 2014 @ 11:59pm EST (the first day of school!)
⋆ reblogs only, sorry man i’m not popular enough, you may like for reference though
⋆ must be willing to give out your address, etc.
⋆ no giveaway blogs, why even?
⋆ uh, am i forgetting anything…
⋆ any questions, hmu here x
⋆⋆⋆⋆ good luck! ⋆⋆⋆⋆
Happiness in Schizophrenia
Research suggests mental illness doesn’t preclude enjoying life
Schizophrenia is among the most severe forms of mental illness, yet some people with the disease are as happy as those in good physical and mental health according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
The study is published online this week in the journal Schizophrenia Research.
“Without discounting the suffering this disease inflicts on people, our study shows that happiness is an attainable goal for at least some schizophrenia patients,” said Jeste, who is also the Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging and director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UC San Diego. “This means we can help make these individuals’ lives happier.”
In a survey of people with the disease, researchers found that 37 percent of patients reported being happy all or most of the time.
Of clinical significance in terms of helping people with mental illness, the patients’ happiness was unrelated to the severity or duration of their illness, to cognitive or physical function or to socioeconomic factors such as age and education, which among healthy adults have been linked to a greater sense of well-being.
Instead, the study shows that happiness among those with chronic forms of schizophrenia is associated with positive psychological and social attributes such as resilience, optimism and lower perceived stress.
The researchers believe that these positive psychosocial attributes could be taught through behavioral modification and mindfulness training techniques.
The study is based on a survey of 72 English-speaking outpatients with schizophrenia in the San Diego area. At the time of the survey, all but nine of the patients were on at least one anti-psychotic medication and 59 percent were residents in assisted-living facilities.
The comparison group for the study included 64 healthy men and women who were part of an ongoing study on successful aging. These participants were not currently using alcohol or illicit substances and did not have diagnoses of dementia or other neurological problems. Participants ranged in age from 23 to 70 years old; the mean age for both groups was 50 years.
The survey probed respondents’ happiness during the previous week, asking them to rate statements such as “I was happy” and “I enjoyed life” on a scale from “never or rarely” to “all or most of the time.”
Responses suggest that about 37 percent of schizophrenia patients were happy most or all of the time, compared with about 83 percent for those in the comparison group.
Approximately 15 percent of schizophrenia patients reported being never or rarely happy. By contrast, none of in the comparison group reported such a low level of happiness for the week prior.
People’s self-reported happiness was then examined in relation to other factors, such as age, gender, education, living situation, medication status, anxiety levels and other mental health metrics, as well as physical health, cognitive function, and a list of “psychosocial factors” that included perceived stress, attitude toward aging, spirituality, optimism, resilience and personal mastery.
“People with schizophrenia are clearly less happy than those in the general population at large, but this is not surprising,” said lead author Barton W. Palmer, PhD, professor in the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry. “What is impressive is that almost 40 percent of these patients are reporting happiness and that their happiness is associated with positive psychosocial attributes that can be potentially enhanced.”
Image source: happyologist