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pinklikeme:

roachpatrol:

cornflakepizza:

{ 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.

Everyday 46 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer. Everyday 7 children pass away from cancer. Sadly, I received this ribbon at the memorial of one of those 7. Erik was 3 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He only fought for 34 days. Childhood cancer desperately needs funding for research. Research for treatments that are meant for children. #childhoodcancerawareness #gogold #beaware

Everyday 46 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer. Everyday 7 children pass away from cancer. Sadly, I received this ribbon at the memorial of one of those 7. Erik was 3 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He only fought for 34 days. Childhood cancer desperately needs funding for research. Research for treatments that are meant for children. #childhoodcancerawareness #gogold #beaware

#childhoodcancerawareness

#childhoodcancerawareness

thetruth365:

princessxxupland:

This is my cousin Emma. She was diagnosed with a PNET brain tumor in June 2012 at age three. Emma became a sensation in our area with 18k fans from all over the globe on her Facebook page. Through two years of chemo, radiation, brain surgeries, and awful stem cell transplants, Emma never stopped smiling. She loved more abundantly than anyone I’ve ever known and wanted nothing more than to help other sick kids. She was a friend to everyone she met, and she met thousands on her cancer journey. Countless people have claimed Emma changed their lives. She loved cheerleading, ballet dance, animals, and princesses.

Emma passed away on September 15, 2014, just weeks after turning six. Even in her final days, she managed to speak up and make us smile.

I do not want Emma to be forgotten. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the past two years, I’ve learned what a monster cancer is. No one should have to go through the pain of losing a child. Emma was the brightest soul I’ve ever known and I truly believe she was an angel. It was not fair for this horrible disease to take her from us.

https://www.facebook.com/TEAMEGMITCHELL

That is a link to Emma’s Facebook page. My mom is still posting and we are fighting like hell to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Please give the page a look. Read some stories, get the facts, find out how you can help.

And, most of all, spread the word. Don’t let Emma die in vain. Please don’t let her be forgotten.

Fly high, Emma. You won’t be forgotten. 

What’s the difference between shark attacks and childhood cancer?

kathrynlizbeth:

Shark attacks are rare. 

In 2012 one American was killed by a shark.

About 2,500 kids died from cancer.

So what are you really scared of?

**that number doesn’t reflect the children who live at least five years and then pass away because their treatments caused a secondary cancer or other complications

tvfanaticx5:

repost from Team Jaxon - FROG
Go Gold in September for Childhood Cancer Awareness month

tvfanaticx5:

repost from Team Jaxon - FROG

Go Gold in September for Childhood Cancer Awareness month

tiaraloveskandlupita:





FUCK YOU CANCER ⤵

"Childhood cancers make up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year. About 10,450 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.
Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more (important to take note, that this means a child can be in remission for 5 years and then die!, this is where the “5 year survival rate” comes from. Those children who have been killed by this monster, most were once part of that 80%!) . Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was about 60%. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors. Survival rates for different cancer types are listed in the section, “Surviving childhood cancer.”
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents). About 1,350 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2014.” (x)

tiaraloveskandlupita:

FUCK YOU CANCER ⤵

"Childhood cancers make up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year. About 10,450 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.

Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more (important to take note, that this means a child can be in remission for 5 years and then die!, this is where the “5 year survival rate” comes from. Those children who have been killed by this monster, most were once part of that 80%!) . Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was about 60%. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors. Survival rates for different cancer types are listed in the section, “Surviving childhood cancer.”

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents). About 1,350 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2014.” (x)

I’m re-gramming from @wishwarriors #childhoodcancerawareness #gogold

I’m re-gramming from @wishwarriors #childhoodcancerawareness #gogold

#childhoodcancerawareness #gogold

#childhoodcancerawareness #gogold