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{ this is a skill i’ve been using a lot lately, thought i’d share :) }

     {  Distress Tolerance Skill: Coloring Mandalas

PRE-PREP

     1}   go to www.printmandala.com and print a couple of mandalas that you like. (you can also find some on google images.)
     2}   buy set of colored pencils or markers if you don’t have them. more colors = better
     3}   buy a clipboard if you wanna lie in bed and color.
     4}   set these aside and ready to go so they are easily accessible when you are distressed

HOW TO USE DURING DISTRESS

     1}   choose a mandala from your pre-printed stash
     2}   set a timer (phone is good) for 30 minutes
     3}   color it with ur markers or pencils. i prefer pencils.
     4}   optional: play an audiobook or music while coloring. make sure it’s not sad music.
     5}   when timer goes off, stop coloring. ask yourself, what level is my distress right now? if still high, set timer for another 30 minutes and keep coloring. if tolerable, stop coloring and do thing you want to do.
     6}   repeat as needed until distress is tolerable

WHY IT WORKS

     coloring patterns is distracting enough to pull your attention away from negative thoughts/emotions, but mandalas are also repetitive so you can kind of “zone out” while coloring. it feels good being able to create something and you feel a sense of competency or confidence. there’s no competitive aspect to it so you can just do the activity without having to worry about doing it perfect or right or better than anyone else. it can remind you of a simpler time when all that was expected of you was coloring. :) it is easy and almost everyone can do it.

TIPS

    — stick to the timer. even though you want to keep coloring when it goes off, stop once you finish the segment you’re on and put the pencil down. tell yourself you can come back and finish it after you do the thing you’re putting off.

    — you can do this activity without using a timer, especially if you don’t have anything planned for the rest of the day and aren’t using this to distract from a task :)) 

    — practice coloring during times when you’re not distressed, so that when you need to use this skill it will be easier and more “automatic”. i can’t stress this enough. even though coloring is really simple, it’s much better for the activity to feel familiar so that you can easily use it during distress. so if you can practice it during normal times it’ll help u. think of it as homework if you have to — you are building up a memory muscle.

    — if you feel guilty because you’re “wasting time” doing a “childish activity”, remind urself that ur doing this for your mental health, that this is an established skill recommended by top psychotherapists, and that calming down your distress so you can actually *do* the stuff you’re worried about (rather than procrastinating all day about the thing and not actually doing it) is the opposite of wasting time. remember that practicing this skill even when you’re not distressed is HOMEWORK, not optional time wasting thing. also, taking care of ur mental health is not a frivolous activity. it’s very important and crucial to a happy successful life.

I’d like to add that coloring inside the lines neatly and skillfully is something that impresses the fuck out of most artists. Yes, even professional working artists. I have seen artists genuinely lose their shit with admiration when someone could color inside all the lines (sometimes that artist is me). SO if you’re coloring and thinking ‘this is dumb i’m not an artist i bet an artist would laugh at me’ be assured most artists would actually be hooting enviously at you and then asking to borrow your crayons.

This is so cool.

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Because evey night I tell her about you.
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tumblr friendships are hard to maintain like im sorry i know i havent talked to you in 5 months but you’re still super rad and i still consider us friends im just dumb

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Overheard at AnimeNEXT

  • Aragorn cosplayer: Legolas, what do your elf eyes see?
  • (Legolas cosplayer scouts around the area)
  • Legolas cosplayer: Nerds.

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Since I finished my Winter Soldier cosplay a year ago(October 2013), I thought I would post some of my favorite photos/moments while wearing it. It’s been an incredible year of cosplay for me and the costume has been through a ton of changes along the way but I’ve never had so much fun cosplaying! So thank you to everyone who has encouraged me along the way, thank you to all of the new followers who found me through the cosplay and thank you to those who have stuck around through it all! You’re all wonderful and I appreciate every one of you.

tumblr / facebook / deviantart / instagram / twitter / camp lehigh / my black widow

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hawaiian-jesus:

Straight from the horse lord’s mouth. Aquaman. Officially.


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hawaiian-jesus:

Straight from the horse lord’s mouth. Aquaman. Officially.

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Whenever I read the Harry Potter books, I get angry when Ron and Harry are complaining about how much homework they have.

hagridlookalikeatyoservice:

laughterneverdies:

gallifrey-feels:

YOU ARE DOING MAGIC HOMEWORK FOR YOUR MAGIC CLASSES AT YOUR MAGIC SCHOOL WITH YOUR MAGIC FRIENDS.

I WOULD GLADLY TRADE PLACES WITH YOU. WANNA DO MY MUGGLE HOMEWORK?

STOP COMPLAINING. 

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#if i went to fucking hogwarts i would wake up at six in the morning every damn day and be like I’M GOING TO DO MY HOMEWORK NOW

When you think about it, this explains Hermione.

but Harry grew up with a muggle family

yes but harry’s a little shit

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I wanna live like this llama

Please unmute this. 

worth it. unmute.

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[owlturdcomix]

That’s really uplifting

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2am:

i thought id try my hand at one of those motivational pictures of nature with google text over it


You only get one

2am:

i thought id try my hand at one of those motivational pictures of nature with google text over it

You only get one

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How the dinosaurs really died

funnyforsmile:

How the dinosaurs really died

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"Victim blaming actually invites more crime." - lacigreen 

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