for a while i’ve had to deal with a lot of anxiety/depression problems. in the process i have received and read lots of advice to help me so i thought i might make a mass post of all those things to maybe help any of you who happen to suffer from these problems but don’t know how to get help
- mess with your senses. sometimes i feel like i’m in a dream, like things aren’t real. but i’ve learned that panic attacks are basically controlled by two main things: breathing and your senses. hold an ice cube for as long as you can, take a cold shower or maybe even a hot one, spray your favorite perfume, hold your breath for ten seconds and when you exhale imagine you can see your favorite color streaming out your mouth (like when you can see your breath when it’s cold outside) something to tell you “i am here right now. this is real and these things are happening to me and i am okay”
- drink lots of water
- do breathing exercises. slow breathing not fast. trust me, fast breathing will not do you any good. you might not think it’s helping at first but after a few minutes you will feel a change. inhale for three seconds, hold it for ten seconds, exhale for three and repeat. if you can control your breathing you can control your panic attack
- go outside. getting fresh air and seeing things move around you can be a very good thing. maybe even walking around a store in walking distance. go to a park and swing. go out with people or even by yourself no matter how much you want to stay inside. it might be hard but in the end you will feel a little better!
- talk to someone. anyone. call them. talk to them in person. chat with them online. about anything. have them distract you. have them tell you about the best part of their day or what their favorite movies are and why they love them. get your mind thinking about anything else other than the bad thoughts going on in your head. have them make you tell yourself that you are okay. have them make you say it out loud.
- watch a movie or your favorite show. nothing sad or triggering. maybe a funny movie. i like pirate radio, fantastic mr fox, the goonies, or somethin on netflix. i recommend new girl, parks and rec, submarine. but also remember that staying on your computer all day and not getting out of the house can make things worse. make you feel trapped.
- go to sleep. sleeping helps a lot. i find that if i put on a calm show or movie and turn my computer brightness down all the way, close my eyes and listen to the words, i eventually calm down and fall asleep.
- stop drinking caffeine. i used to drink soda all the time. drink decaf coffee and tea, caffeine free soda rarely. remember that all it does is makes you more jittery and anxious, it isn’t helping you. try drinking chamomile tea, which has been proven to help relieve stress and anxiety.
- stop smoking. cigarettes alone aren’t good for you. i smoked a lot thinking that the cigarettes would calm me down. i actually learned that smoking contributed a lot to my anxiety problems. smoking causes you to be more stressed, you worry about your health but you feel like you need them to stay calm. cigarettes do the opposite along with caffeine. your ability to cope with stress without nicotine makes everything worse. you worry about how it affects your job, your health, etc. it adds more to your plate. smoking can also cause you to breathe too much. hyperventilating is a main cause for panic attacks. and you might even feel anxiety when you quit smoking, because you won’t have that go-to “this is the only thing that can calm me down” effect. but it gets better and once you quit you will see that you feel a million times better with out them.
- i find it very hard to eat when my anxiety or depression is bad. try eating small meals throughout the day instead of maybe two or three big meals a day. here is an article about ten foods that reduce anxiety
- exercise! go for a jog, swim, do sit-ups, dance, bike, do some sort of sport. exercise has many good benefits to helping with anxiety and depression. you can use it as a distraction to get away from negative thoughts, you increase body temperature which will help calm you down, you get them endorphin’s flowin, you feel better about yourself, you relieve stress, you might even sleep better because you’ll be all worked out after. hey it could even be a good social activity. i would not suggest yoga or meditating simply because you sit there alone in all of your thoughts. quiet doesn’t help for me.
- try out a new hobby, which might sound lame but it’s true. something to feel better about yourself if you feel like you aren’t good at anything and get you thinking about something other than how bad you feel. for me, it’s soap making and lipstick making. for you it might be cooking, drawing, knitting, gardening, pottery, sewing, hiking, flower pressing, fishing, photography, who knows! find volunteer opportunities in your area. try things out. you could even meet new people through it. it’s crucial to hang on to things such as hanging out with people, hobbies and other interests. depression can make you stay inside for days on end and that does nothing for you and your mental health. you will feel better doing things that keep your mind and body productive.
- if you are at your worst and do not feel safe call 911. do not worry about the costs, do not worry about what people think. there are ways to get hospital bills paid for if you don’t have insurance and people at the hospital will help you if you don’t know how. they will give you steps to get you the help you need. everything will be okay. if you don’t feel safe you need to get help.
- acknowledge that you have a problem, a problem that is not in your control and not your fault, acknowledge that you can get help and things can feel better. you are not alone with your anxiety or depression. many people have these problems and have learned how to cope and feel better. maybe by seeing a doctor, maybe by reading tips online, maybe by going to therapy or taking medication. but there is a way to feel better and you can get help. remember that people love you, even if it might not show. anxiety and depression are not your fault. you do not deserve to have these problems. and know that it can and will get better even at your darkest times. you can’t ignore your problems and hope they go away. you need to accept them and evaluate what your best option is for helping yourself.
- and remember that you are strong and you can get through anything
Phil Straub Composition Tutorial (go to the original page for much more information, pictures, and different types of composition)
The Golden Rule — “The golden rule can and usually is applied to a paintings canvas proportions. As you read through the following text you’ll notice that most of the imagery presented utilizes similar dimensions and almost all of them fall into the golden rectangle. Today you can find the Golden Rectangle almost everywhere: from credit cards to phone cards to book covers, all are shaped with its proportions.
The imagery below represents the division of space when the “golden rule” is applied to a blank canvas. Basically it is the division of a line in two sections, where the ratio between the smallest section and the largest section is identical to the ratio between the largest section and the entire length of the line. In other words A/B = B/(A+B). The ratio is about 1/1.618. Honestly, I’m still not exactly sure what that all means? but, I do know that I used this grid layout a-lot when I first started painting and found it helpful. I still do.”
Rule of Thirds— “From the golden rule came the “rule of thirds” which is virtually the same concept but slightly altered to fit photographic proportions. I find it a bit easier to follow since it’s very simple in its origin.Here we have a look at the rule of thirds in action.
Notice that the main focal point sits right almost directly over one of the “golden means.” Additionally, other objects are placed near the other converging lines (the bird, for example) but, not directly on them, since that would create competition for the focal point.”
Implied Forms (Circular) — “The Circle is made up of a continuous ‘Curve’ and it’s circular movement keeps the eye in the picture frame. There are many circles in nature and man made objects. You can use the circle in a very obvious way in your composition or simply suggest it.”
Implied Forms (Radii) — “Is a connection of ‘Lines’ meeting in the Center and an expansion of ‘Lines’ leaving the Center. The Radii is usually found in Nature Subjects. The best example of the man made Radii is the spokes of a wheel.
The eye has two ways to go when it comes upon the Radii. It can either be drawn in to the picture area or it can be led out of the picture area. You must be careful how you used the Radii and try to have the eye led into the picture.”
Cross composition — “A showing of ‘Opposing Force’ that will give the picture a feeling of Cohesion and Relationship. The horizontal bar of the Cross will act as a “stopper’ while the vertical pole can act as a leading line. The windows in a large skyscraper will form crosses and will keep your interest in the building.”
L Composition — “This makes an attractive ‘frame’. It can be used to accentuate important subjects. Many times it is a ‘frame’ within a ‘frame’.
A tree with an overhanging branch at the ‘right’ side of the picture area will form a ‘Rectangle’ and help frame the Main Subject in the picture. By doing this you will make the Center of Interest stand out and be noticed clearly.”
composition to consider.
Hello Dear Anon :D Thank you so much for liking my OCs (o´艸｀o) ♥♥ Here are some methods I use when lining hair. ( I will put the coloring part in another post since its getting long)
Basically, as long as you have the flow defined, no matter how complicated / sketchy your line is, the flow will frame them in like a mother hen hugging all the babies♥ Also when you add in details or strokes, follow the flow too, Like babies chicks following their mamaヾ(○´▽｀○)ノ
Hope it helps! and hope I explain it alright? If you have any question please do let me know!
DIY Fashion Pattern Vocabulary Indographic from Enerie here. Also from Enerie: Know Your Sunglasses here, and for the popular posts Know Your Shoes go here for part 1 (Lobster Claws anyone? Hilarious) and here for part 2.