Dissociating? Ground Yourself.
  • Play a video game (Skyrim! Portal!), phone game (Bejeweled! Candy Crush!), or online game (CandyStandDress UpNeopetsBig FishRobot Unicorn).
  • Draw. Scribble away and feel how solid the materials are in your hands. Focus on the pressure of the utensil against paper. 
  • Write. Write one phrase over and over again if you must. “I am here,” is a good thing to write. Use a hard pen. Feel the pen slide over the page as you write. 
  • Close your eyes and breathe. Focus on your breathing. Count how many seconds it takes to breathe in, and then out. In through your nose, out through your mouth. Then again.
  • While breathing deeply with your eyes closed, try and recall five things you could see when you had your eyes open. Picture them vividly. Try to describe them.
  • Concentrate hard on the things you can currently feel. Try and pinpoint at least three distinct sensations.
  • Concentrate on the taste in your mouth, and what you can smell.
  • LIsten for any sounds. Concentrate on them.
  • Sit in a chair, with your back straight and your feet firmly planted on the ground. Feel how the ground feels under your feet, how the chair feels, how your body feels. Focus on the sensations from your body touching the ground and the chair.
  • Meditate! Lie down. Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Try to clear your mind and let all thoughts go through without paying attention to them. Acknowledge the thoughts, but don’t let them gain control. While you meditate it helps to do the deep breathing exercise at the same time.
  • Pet your animals. Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, whatever.
  • Hold an ice cube in your palm. It’s cold! Embrace the cold.
  • Listen to loud music. Metal and heavy rock can be especially good for grounding yourself.
  • Try to make a phone call to a friend. Focus on their voice. Holding a conversation is a great way to force yourself to stay grounded.
  • Try to find familiar smells. Sniff your pillow, your old stuffed animal, your parent’s perfume/cologne, your OWN perfume/cologne, deodorant, even garbage works. 
  • Find yourself a chant, such as “I’m here, and I’m real.” Chant this to yourself, over and over again, until you get tongue-tied.
  • Practice mindful walking. Walk very slowly around the perimeter of the room you are in, feeling every step as you go, and recognizing the solidity of the ground beneath your feet.
  • Visually ground yourself. Stare at objects. Touch them if you have to, but really look at it. Don’t stare downward, but look up and out and around. Notice the world around you. Focus on each individual aspect of it. Try listing the colors you see.
  • Try taking quizzes online. Personal quizzes, math refreshers, whatever. Quizzes will force you to attempt to recall facts.

things to tell yourself if it’s one of those nights: 

  • this, too, will pass. 
  • you are loved. you are l o v e d. more than you can possibly imagine, for real and for always. 
  • anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc. are the result of chemical reactions in your brain going awry. they are not the truth of who you are, nor what life will always be like.
  • you were made to live forever. whatever you’re struggling with has a death certificate that’s already been signed.
  • think of the soft steady beat of stars turning in space. think of a night wind gently rustling through leaves. think of the in and out…..in…..out….of the ocean tides on the beach. get that rhythm in your head. okay. now…
  • b r e a t h e

Protect Hades kids 2k14 UuU

…So APPARENTLY, Bianca did not, in fact, show up at the end of the last book on a Yamaha looking like this with Cuz I Can blasting in the background to help Hazel totally fuck shit up.  What book was *I* reading.

It might have been called “Wishful Thinking”.

Anyway, enjoy these important Hades/Pluto babies!  Pretty sure this is going to be my last fanart of the series, although I might draw Piper and Reyna.