anyone who dissociates semi-constantly, please avoid traditional mindfulness
I have now been told by two mental health professionals in two days that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES EVER am I to practice traditional Mindfulness exercises
Apparently ‘feeling like I’m dissolving’ and also that ‘I’m rising out of my body’, and being passing-out-exhausted afterwards, are all the complete OPPOSITE of what’s meant to happen
But seriously - this is something that apparently happens to people who are low-key (or not so low-key) disassociating semi-constantly, and is really really not good for you. So if you’re one of those people, like me! then there are other forms of mindfulness that may be more appropriate for you - specifically touch/sensation based, rather than the guided-thinking, breath- and sensory-focusing exercises that make up traditional mindfulness programs/exercises. Talk to your local health care professional if at all possible.
But basically, if you know you have issues with disassociation, and somebody recommends a mindfulness program to you, BRING UP THE FACT THAT YOU DISASSOCIATE. Because normal mindfulness can be super bad for you. There ARE apparently mindfulness programs that can be helpful, but they have to be catered to the disassociation. So.
Karyn Logan, a 38-year-old veteran, came out as transgender in 2013 when she was living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, home to both conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family as well as Army and Air Force bases. When she sought hormone replacement therapy as a Medicaid patient, she came up empty handed every time.
She inquired with the local Veterans Health Administration center — which only just began covering HRT in 2011 and didn’t create an LGBT health services program until the following year — but their response was “very terse, almost dismissive,” Logan said. And while she did find online specialists who could treat her, she either couldn’t afford their services or had to sit on months-long waitlists before she could get an appointment.
The process of finding a doctor who could help Logan in her transition stretched over roughly a year and a half, she said, before a friend told her about Planned Parenthood.
Having long promised judgement-free care to LGBTQ patients, the health care giant has, in recent years, began offering HRT and other transition-specific services at certain centers. Read more. (7/15/17, 10:05 AM)
Legislation to “defund” Planned Parenthood will hit people who rely on federal insurance and public health programs. That’s largely people who already face barriers to accessing health care as people with low incomes, people of color, people who live in rural areas — who make up the majority of Planned Parenthood’s patients. Meanwhile, the impact of “defunding” Planned Parenthood on people in the LGBT community and whose identities intersect would be particularly acute.
With the aim of shutting Planned Parenthood down completely, national “defund” legislation would close health center doors to at least 60% of Planned Parenthood’s patients — those who use public programs like Medicaid (the government-funded insurance plan for people with low incomes) and Title X (the government-funded family planning program, which helps people with low incomes).
Of course, public programs are already prohibited from covering abortion. “Defunding” keeps people who use public programs from getting preventive reproductive and sexual health services like birth control, STD tests, breast cancer screenings, and family planning education at Planned Parenthood health centers. Many of these patients couldn’t get these services anywhere else — and, like we said, many of them are people with low incomes, people of color, and people who live in rural areas.
Impact of “Defund” on People of Color
People of color in the U.S. are less able to access quality health care due to the intersecting consequences of racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, and other systemic barriers. So, they’re more likely to rely on federally funded programs to access health care.
The Black Community
“Defunding” Planned Parenthood would be devastating to Black communities. Key points:
Of the 2.5 million people who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care every year, 370,000 identify as African American or Black.
Among nonelderly Americans on Medicaid, 11 million are Black.
If they were prevented from accessing Planned Parenthood, many Black patients would have no other place to go for the services Planned Parenthood provides.
This harmful legislation wouldn’t just keep Black patients from getting care – it would undermine their ability to obtain full reproductive freedom. Too often, Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider many patients access. That means their care is more than just reproductive health services – Planned Parenthood connects patients with resources to improve other areas of their lives.
The Latino Community
“Defunding” Planned Parenthood would be devastating to the Latino community. Key points:
Around 575,000 Latinos come to Planned Parenthood health centers annually (nearly a quarter of Planned Parenthood’s patients).
Among the nonelderly Americans on Medicaid, 18 million are Latino.
If they were prevented from accessing Planned Parenthood, Latino patients may have no other place to go for the services it provides.
Planned Parenthood sees patients regardless of immigration status and is one of the only places undocumented people can turn to for care. Given that the majority of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are Latino, “defunding” legislation would have a disproportionate impact on them.
What’s more, “defunding” would put two crucial Planned Parenthood programs at risk of disappearing: Raíz, which helps Latinos access health care and sex education, and Promotores de Salud, which brings reproductive health education into Latino homes and community-gathering locations.
Impact of “Defund” on People in Rural Areas
If patients who rely on public programs are blocked from care at Planned Parenthood, many would have nowhere else to go. There simply aren’t enough other reproductive health care providers out there. In areas where other providers do exist, many don’t take patients who rely on public health programs. Key points:
21% of counties have no safety-net family planning alternative should their local Planned Parenthood health center close.
More than half of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are located in rural and underserved communities.
More than two thirds of states already report difficulty ensuring enough providers for Medicaid.
Providers of ob-gyn care who accept Medicaid, such as Planned Parenthood, are in particularly short supply.
Impact of “Defund” on the LGBTQ Community
“Defunding” Planned Parenthood also would negatively impact LGBTQ health. Members of the LGBT community face greater health challenges than their heterosexual peers because of stigma and discrimination. People in the LGBTQ community who also are people of color, or have low incomes, or who live in rural areas — or whose identities intersect — have even more obstacles to reproductive health services. For example, LGBTQ people of color face particularly high rates of discrimination from medical providers, and systemic harassment.
Planned Parenthood understands that LGBTQ people have the right to safe abortion services, access to contraceptives, STD testing and a range of other health services free from stigma, discrimination or coercion. Losing Planned Parenthood would lose this safe space for LGBTQ people seeking basic health care.
Say It Loud: #IStandWithPP
If anti-abortion politicians “defund” Planned Parenthood, shut down its health centers, and block its 2.5 million patients from care, a national health disaster would ensue — and the groups mentioned in this blog would be hurt the most. Take a stand against cutting them off from care. Take action to stand with Planned Parenthood and its patients!
Yes, I am fully aware of how stupid that might sound. “Chewing gum magick? There’s no way that’s a thing” might be running through your head right now. But it can totally be a thing and a very easy way to work magick into everyday life in a subtle way.
Cinnamon: This is my personal favorite, and is very good for attraction (love), business, concentration, creativity, divination, healing, heartbreak, lust, general magick, purification, security, visions and wealth among other things.
I would chew cinnamon gum before a date, a creative project, a presentation, or at work. Also consider chewing it after dealing with a particularly stressful person or situation.
Grape: Grape gum can be chewed to encourage abundance, charity, fertility, inspiration, money, and prosperity.
This is another good gum to chew before a job interview or at work.
Lemon: Lemon gum always helps me feel awake, and is really good for things like anxiety relief, business, grief, healing (especially emotional), love (to be open to), money, stress relief, and success.
I would recommend enchanting a pack of lemon gum (ice breakers has some good lemon-flavored gum) for helping* combat anxiety disorders and even depression. This would also be very good after an especially rough heartbreak or going on a date after a bit of a “dry spell”.
Peppermint: Peppermint should be chewed to help awaken your senses, bring inner calm, overcome challenges, aid in concentration, encourage more energy, help with healing and purification, encouraging love, attracting money, releasing stress, and strength.
Ok, obviously every chewing gum is probably good for work or money. Peppermint gum is very similar to lemon, and a good substitute for it.
Raspberry: This is a really good chewing gum for somebody who wants to encourage love, work beauty magick, attract optimism, needs protective energy (especially in pregnancy, but I don’t know what is safe for pregnant people to have, so be careful?), security with yourself, and trust.
Yes yes yes. I am not a big fan of raspberry stuff but I love the beauty magick potential in raspberry chewing gum and just the feminine aspect. If you have a very girlie-thing to be up to or want to channel feminine energy (looking at you trans and non-binary pals), chew this gum!
Spearmint: spearmint is good for things such as aggression, inner calm, concentration, danger, healing, love, luck, money, mental power, protection, purification, and stimulation.
Chew spearmint gum if maybe you are a little too passive and have a tendency to get used like a doormat, or just need a boost with your luck.
Also, mint gum of any kind is good for traveling and protection while doing so. Keep and enchanted pack in your car or bag for some extra help.
Strawberry: Strawberry can be used for things like beauty, desire, friendship, harmony, attracting love, relationships, sensuality and relieving stress.
This is the perfect gum to chew while on a date or before! Or share a pack with your best friend after a quarrel to bring harmony back into the relationship.
*I in no way encourage you to use magick as a substitute to actual medical care from a medical professional. If you need help, please contact your local mental health center or hospital.
I got my period but I’m still worried that I’m pregnant. Help!
Someone asked us:
Hey, about 4 months ago I was messing around with my BF and I touched his penis and I am 100% sure I didn’t have any load of liquid or semen on my hands but my hand was a little damp, after this I touched my vagjnas lips over the underwear I had on. Since then I have had 4 periods that seemed to be very normal but I cannot stop thinking that I am pregnant and it’s making me crazy
It sounds like you’ve been worrying about being pregnant for a long time. I’m glad you wrote to us. It may reassure you to hear that based on what you’ve written here about getting your period and not having had sex, it’s highly unlikely that you’re pregnant. If you want to be certain, you can always pick up a pregnancy test (at the drugstore or at your local Planned Parenthood health center).
But the fact that you’re still concerned, despite your very low risk, is worth thinking through. You might feel better if you ask yourself things like:
How ready (or not ready) am I to have sex at this point in my life?
How will I get birth control and condoms to protect myself if and when I do have sex?
What would I do if I ever had an unintended pregnancy?
What would make me feel less anxious about having an unintended pregnancy?
pairing: psycho!wonwoo x psychologist!fem reader words: 4078 warnings: violence, smut a/n: thanks for request wedomaatter! the ‘’scenario’’ is nearly a fic with the length (oops!) but here ya go! when i read it i thought of joker x harley?? so im sorry if its not what you since i didnt really know how to write push and pull… and somehow smut ended up in it uhm.. yea
request where the reader is dating jughead & has a service dog bc of her anxiety and none of them know, bc she never brings him anywhere, until they go to her house unexpectedly one day and they see her with the dog and she tells them why she has him and jug is kinda upset that he didn’t noticed and she tells them that she didn’t want them to treat her differently so she hid it and just a bunch of fluff between them
Had to do a little research for this once because I’ll be honest, I didn’t actually know service dogs for anxiety were a thing, but IT’S AWESOME! Hope I did it well!
Jughead x Reader
Warnings: - teensy bit of swearing <3
Words: 3,361 (they’re getting longer fam)
In memory of my dog Pebbles (2006-2013)
You hadn’t been in the best place before you’d moved to Riverdale a few years ago. You had faced constantly bullies at your old school, who would use anything whether it be your appearance or your broken family as a reason to taunt you. Your brother had been arrested thanks to drugs when you were 11, causing the existing tension between your parents to grow. They had split a year later, and all the stress had began to pile up.
When you moved away with your Dad out of town, you’d felt even worse about leaving your Mum behind. You hadn’t seen her since.
You began to have issues sleeping, endless nights spent staring up at the ceiling in panic. Frequent headaches and a loss of appetite took your issues to your local health provider. You just needed to know that you weren’t going crazy here, that the rest of your life wasn’t going to be consumed in fear, uneasiness and self-doubt.
That was the moment where you were diagnosed with ‘Generalised Anxiety Disorder’.
My current birth control method is making me emotional. Is there a method that won’t?
Someone asked us:
Is birth control just not for some people? I’ve tried a few options and I would almost “hulk-out” with my emotions, attitude and physically. I found myself miserable and angry at literally everything. It was worse than my menstrual anger too.
Some people have reactions to hormonal birth control that affect them negatively, but don’t worry — there are lots of options so you don’t have to put up with feeling like the Hulk!
Some people have more mild reactions to progestin-only birth control options, like hormonal IUDs, the implant, and the shot. There’s also a non-hormonal IUD that won’t change your hormone levels at all — it uses copper instead of hormones to prevent pregnancy If you’re looking for minimal side effects, IUDs are a great option worth looking into. They’re super effective and convenient too because they last for years without you having to do anything to make them work.
conveyed and built with uncountable methods. A creator’s ability must transcend
the Great Lie into Great Truth through varying degrees of Originality, often
misidentified with the expression, “Everything’s been done, nothing new.”
Lottery ball machines are, mostly, identical but their drawn numbers are
unique. Traditional weddings in the Americas happen every week; no two are
exactly the same. Originality concerns execution, not the fact something
exists. With execution comes perspective.
Ponder the story above. It is about trade, or is it? Certainly a subject, this
trade, for an exchange of items is quite occurring. One could prattle endless
an account of these creatures sharing daily trade with nothing more said. If
that be the inclination expressed, all within earshot must question the extent
of that speaker’s exposure to other cultures and their varying forms of
“But, this is a piece of fiction, it’s not serious!” speak many detractors of
those seeking to create stories and worlds for a living, and later express
devout love for, you guessed, another work of fiction. Twelve years ago, as of
this writing, I was told by a doctor, who knew me since Grade V, my pursuit in
creating stories and worlds was a “fantasy”, that I should speak with her
whenever I “wished to return to the real world”. Quite, she did not believe in
the profession of writing in general. Her entire practice depends on
literature. That she worked with youths only increased the importance of
fiction in their development—yet there she was, advising someone against
creating new things, and making their own life decisions. I had, some years
earlier than this encounter, decided for myself the what’s-to-do. I’ve not
revisited that doctor, and never will.
fiction are quite real for their creators, and some refer to their work as
children. Readers identify with fiction for various reasons, and to them it may
be more real than what is. A fictional world can be fabulous or grotesque, and
still escape from ugly reality. Experiencing a foreign culture grants the same
effect. One can tell a good story alone, a great story set in a well-designed
world, or if they choose: deliver an immersion in time and place. The decision
depends on goals.
were dropped there, in that market, without knowledge of local culture, and
didn’t die of shock at the sight of non-human beings, who bear likeness to our
feral beasts, engaging in very human-like behavior. They don’t speak your
language, no guides exist in your first, second, third, or any language
familiar. Perhaps, you’re a linguist and realize none of their languages match
recognizable lingual families.
In your face there’s scent as language, unless they’ve come to ignore or subdue
natural body odor as humans did. It doesn’t factor within your ears, the
possibility they employ hypersonic and subsonic sounds humans cannot perceive
without specialized equipment, but—oh dear— you’re not naturalist with such
equipment or deign leave a comfortable living for work in the middle of nowhere
without many modern conveniences.
realize they posses no mobile phones, digital music players, any sort of
advanced electronics, the internal combustion engine, telegraphs and wire
transfer, gas lighting, and manure piles in the streets from who-knows-what
that pulls their carts—if they did, then a copy- paste from the human world
they wouldn’t be. How ever will you survive when so much isn’t
for your time and place? Maybe you should “try everything”, the worst advice
ever given, except on desperation or a four-for-one sale at Inspired By de
Sade. Following it may result in your demise.
Didelphimorph on the right sells textiles and foodstuffs. Isn’t that nice? But…can
you eat, let alone touch it? Is the Caniform vulnerable to certain foods the
other may consume without problem? We’ve plants here, on Earth by example,
quite hostile. Nasty little things like Gympie (Dendrocnide moroides), a
perfectly normal horse-killer from hell that inflicts enough pain victims prefer
suicide. Or, perhaps, your fancy is Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), the
adorably named Beach Apple. That one, dear, is truthfully a botanical death
machine: a drop of moisture runoff from this tree blisters skin and corrodes
automotive paint. Do you want to blister skin and corrode automotive paint?
That’s how you blister skin and corrode automotive paint.
And don’t even think about the water. Travel between countries on your own
planet, and you’ll find water of varying qualities to which the local population
is immune, but you are not.
advantage is disadvantage. For the purposes of this example, they’ve no idea
you’re even present. And, in regards to this specific civilization, where would
you be without Jerome and myself? We’re to blame for dragging you into this
otherworldly soiree where you’ve stuck a spoon in the ceiling but hey, you’re
still alive. What’s mundane and automatic for this place is unknown for you: a
language of Color, Shape, and Posture.
start with the Caniform left, so eager to spend money. Upon his cape are two
layers. Green, in local culture, is life and fertility while Brown’s is
commonality of the every day. Technically, it is an off-white baize, but still
counts as Brown.
wears a cape, not a tunic, tells of simplicity, good spirits, and the colors
that he is newly wed and possibly expecting to become a father or has adopted a
youth. The ceremony was not extravagant, a casual affair with a small number of
close friends and relatives. Take note: local culture. His own native, that
he’s possibly abandoned, may not define marriage in the same way, or practice
it. Their definition of the “family unit” having two parents may not be.
down to his pantaloons, here again Green, and White. He comes from a lineage of
relatively healthy individuals for legs carry the continuity of bloodlines.
White is preparedness, but may speak inexperience and innocence towards the
large change in his life. The Black tassels on the closure of his satchel
indicate he contemplated life behind a sword; that they dangle free means he
chose against, for warriors don’t wear needless items an enemy could grab and
use against them.
On Shape, the leading edge of his cape being that color proclaims he’s nothing
hidden and the vertical lines in his pantaloons speak twice: Green for a very
stable family with little to no internal drama. White for a family young,
perhaps 1-3 generations old, not big enough for a massive number of
On Posture, outwardly it is engaged in business. His open paws forward money
and show he intends no harm. That he stands over the Didelphimorph is
protection—he’s watching for anyone who’d steal. If he were bent, leveling
their eyes, then an abrasive or unfriendly challenge it would become.
Didelphimorph also wears a shade of White upon his legs, inexperienced where he
is, possibly having moved from another region, or country, and is learning this
Upon his tunic is the survival and security of Blue. By wearing it close to his
face, he proclaims status as a merchant who will not price gouge, dependable
with good reputation of maintaining stock, and believes in honesty first. The
shade lacks vividness; he is not fond for usurping local government. Here,
wearing complete vivid blue on more than 25% of one’s clothes is punishable by
execution. The golden bangle indicates prosperity, and that he recently wed.
the off-white motif of an arch on the tunic suggests inexperience or
preparedness in one particular aspect. The style refers to a building designed
for residents, and he has acquired a living space. However, in local mental
health definitions of shape, it means “halfway to stability”. This creature
suffered from something tragic or debilitating in his past, but has over come
it. That the arch is placed on the sleeve indicates confinement of some kind,
either physical or social. The leading edge, also of the same color, reinforces
his honesty as like the Caniform’s cape reinforces simplicity. Upon his bangle,
the circle in his native culture describes a marriage under strict contract,
the addition of ovals define immense flexibility within that contract.
that his eyes are not on the Caniform entrusts he won’t be attacked, and
accepts the other’s protection. They are likely very familiar with each other
for the money is not set upon any surface, but held. The Didelphimorph, what
most would call an opossum, does not have naturally exquisite eyesight. He’s
near sighted, the Caniform knows it, and is aware his kind are mostly nocturnal
yet the mid-day sun is high. Here is a merchant pushing his work hours into
time of day when he should be asleep.
Material: The Red Textile
Red is power, therefore anyone who wears or places for decoration expresses it.
Yellow carries various definitions, among them wealth. Black is
triangles are important. The diamonds consist of two incomplete triangles, a
sign of wealth shared, not hoarded. A bearer gives money to richer folk for
investments in various causes, pays their fair taxes, and also gives to the
needy below. The inverted, incomplete Yellow triangles near the Black X’s tell
of one who gives more to the needy than to the rich. The Black X’s themselves
are not viewed as two intersecting lines, but four incomplete triangles,
designating establishment of inner peace. The Black Zigzag references inner
peace despite unpredictability in life while the Yellow lines around it carry a
second, separate definition from the above: financial stability is nearly
unbreakable no matter what problems arise. Triangles without bases represent
openness and invitation.
Material: The Money
the government that issued these notes considers all money equal, no matter who
and what circumstances it derives, according to Brown. This includes money from
illicit activities with varying stages of illegality and socially negativity.
As long as it is legal tender, the government attaches no moral stigma to
inanimate money even if it punishes the crime and may deal in shades.
the rectangle declares stability of the mint, and the circle is “unchanging”.
This society does not rate its money vs. others, being the prime standard. It
sets boundary that it does not tolerate counterfeiting, punished by execution
for the rectangle is also a block.
factors aligned over many centuries, coming together at that precise instant
and place, themselves forebears of the future in every aspect where physical
and social sciences interact.
is World Discipline, more commonly known as Geography. Words are not required,
though certainly they help. Walk into a bar in the United States, expect a full
serving of beer as the definition of good service, and half considered bad. In
another country, let alone world, a full serving of beer may be a local means
of saying one should drink and leave, whereas a half- serving means stay: enjoy
yourself, and what this place has to offer.
Color: Purple, light lavender, almost colorless, sometimes crystals have darker tips.
Hardness: HARD (7)
Crystal system: Hexagonal
Occurrence: Uncommon (found in only a few localities)
Health risks: None
- Very unusual behavior of amethyst which normally grows tight clusters within geodes and the crystals are squat and pyramid-shaped.
- Prismatic specimens are primarily found only in Mexico. Nowhere else on earth does Amethyst behave this way!
- Specimens are very unique and beautiful. Often very expensive, but make for a great unique addition to collections.
- Quartz of any kind is very strong, but prismatic amethyst forms in tall, singular crystals that are typically quite small and can break off the matrix. Handle with care. Some specimens are too brittle to handle very often.
- Like all colored quartz, do not place in direct sunlight. Crystals can lose their color to sun fading over time. Lighter-colored specimens are more vulnerable to this.
- Quartz specimens are easy to clean. Use warm soapy water to soak and wash, then rinse thoroughly with distilled water to avoid water spots. Let air dry.
Locality of this piece: Piedra Parada, Veracruz, Mexico. Again, amethyst is found globally, but prismatic amethyst is located only in a few areas in Mexico.
Price range: Prismatic amethyst can be quite expensive depending on size and clarity of the crystals. Ones with consistent color, water-clear crystals, and great faceting are quite valuable and cabinet size pieces can go for $50-150+! Individual crystals can also be found for sale and they are much more affordable. However, be wary of fakes that could be carved from larger standard crystals or colored glass. A hardness test would distinguish between glass and quartz.
This is one of my favorite energy cleansing/room deodorizing sprays. It smells fresh and clean, made with (mostly) natural ingredients, and makes a safe, effective rodent repellant! Here’s how I make it:
Combine 1 Tablespoon of peppermint oil, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon oil and 2 Tablespoons of the salt of your choice into a 12-ounce spray bottle (I got mine from Target, but you can find them in the beauty or cleaning sections in a grocery or superstore. I also got my essential oils from my local health food store.). Fill with moon, rain, snow, or any water of your choice. If you’re not of the witchy persuasion, you can nix the salt and use regular old tap water.
Both oils are known for healing, cleansing, protection, sanctifying a space, psychic development, love, and wealth. Peppermint is known for helping with rest and dreaming (and is the main rodent repellant) while cinnamon helps with clairvoyance and brings good luck.
Rodents like mice and rats heavily rely on their sense of smell to communicate and navigate their surroundings, so although it’s not too strong for humans the smell of this spray is too overpowering for them and they don’t want anything to do with it. It’s safe to use around pets and children, and makes the house smell clean when it needs a boost.