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Protect your inner romantic, because it's such a beautiful thing to prioritize love.

Plain and . Today's smile goal: rethink your life. What can you let go? ✌✌✌ To celebrate 40k, I'm going to hold a drawing to give away a free personalized 8"x10" print of any existing illustration to one lucky follower! To enter, from now until next Wednesday (4/26/17) midnight, repost any drawing of mine on your account, tag one or more of your friends, give them a sincere nice compliment or message of love and mention/tag me (so I can find you!)! If your account is private, you can tag a friend in any of my posts, compliment them and use #urwonderful. That's it! Feel free to do it as many times as you want to enter more than once (more repost, more compliments, more love!) . :) I'll randomly choose one person on Wednesday midnight! D
I'm selling prints and open for commissions! Email me at guy@4amshower.com for more info! If you have a favorite animal and topic such as love or depression, comment and I might be able create a comic from it :)

I vividly remember seasons of my life when I thought I was majorly depressed. I also remember moments when I would self-diagnose myself with bipolar disorder because I would experience mood swings, and generalized anxiety disorder when I would experience shortness of breath in times of acute stress. How foolish and embarrassing of me to belittle mental illness and make it into something I could blame in difficult times.

This past semester, I had the opportunity to learn about the root and manifestations of mental illnesses and how they engulf individuals. I saw people struggle with their daily activities such as bathing or eating because of their diagnosed anxiety and depressive disorder. I have seen people who now depend on their medications when they primarily needed a support system. I started to open my heart to the reality that is mental illness, and I no longer think of them as "dramatic" or "pessimistic."

Before you start to call yourself "depressed" or ridden with "anxiety," rephrase your thoughts and words: I am feeling anxious. I am feeling discouraged. Mental illness is not a fad or a phase that you can mold around your life to make it "fit."

With that said, if you feel as if you need help, either in the form of a psychologist or simply a friend to hear you out, please don't be afraid to reach out. In contrast, if you are a friend of someone who struggles with MDD, GAD, Bipolar Disorder I & II, or feelings of anxiety and stress, reach out.

We are so quick to judge. So quick to think, "They don't know how good they have it." So quick to try to fix their "problem." So quick to say that you know it all and they just need my advice. Remember that we never know the full story behind someone's honesty or transparency. You can never feel the exact same way as someone else, because you are not them.

Do not make them feel as if their feelings are dramatic or stupid. Do not judge them. Do not belittle them. Be kind and love on them in the best way that you can. After all, isn't that what we're here on this Earth for - to love?

🎈 GIVEAWAY 🎈 Want to win this great shirt off my back? I've only worn it once 😊 It's created by Defeat The Stigma Project and carries such a vital message that I would love for you to help spread. All you have to do to have a chance to win is tag a friend here in the comments, and as is customary, my daughter will randomly pick a winner in a couple days. Good luck! #contest #giveaway #mentalhealth #endthestigma #nostigma #noshame #mentalillnessawareness #depression #anxiety #bipolar #bipolardisorder #notalone #wellness #recovery #recoveryisworthit

For the longest I was scared to record a video of me speaking on bullying and just speaking my opinion in general. Growing up people always made me feel that my opinions or whatever I said was stupid and irrelevant ever since I was about 7 years old.
I've tried so many times to talk in videos, but I'd hear kids and teachers voices in my head from the past that used to bully me. I couldn't even talk right, I kept stuttering, and eventually gave up.
Now since I'm 20 years old, I don't want this fear from the past to conquer my life, I really want to help people and give good advice. I woke up this morning and told myself that today is the day to face my fears. As soon I recorded I felt a sense of freedom and confidence that I've never felt before.
I want to challenge you all to work on facing your fears. No soul want to be restricted, break through the barrier of fear and become FREE.🕊 Background music: Serenade of Praise (Coming Soon!)

Three years ago in August I went to see my GP, having felt that something wasn’t quite right. I’d been irritable, lethargic and eating more than I normally did. Oversleeping and taking naps in the afternoon; obsessing about minor things and how others might react to them.
A light came on in my head when some celebrity news broke. The news that Robin Williams, one of Hollywood’s funniest actors, had taken his own life, resonated with me.
I too, was diagnosed with depression.
Why? At the time, I had, in no particular order: become a dad, defended my thesis, started a new job, co-authored and published a book, published chapters in other books, taken research trips in some of Europe’s fine capital cities, moved house twice, bought a house, appeared on live TV and radio around the independence referendum, and run a marathon. A lot of milestones reached, a lot of bucket-list things ticked off. So why so sad?
Depression doesn’t recognise success or failure, wealth or poverty, race or religion.
It’s not really about the ‘why’. It just is. What is important is to recognise it – not to bury your head in the sand and ignore it – and tackle it head on. Society as a whole struggles with this: if you’re depressed, there must be a reason. But there doesn’t have to be. The worst thing about the lack of societal understanding is the stigma attached.
This has to change.
Early on in this journey, I tried to keep my illness secret, thinking I could beat it on my own, scared about societal stigma and how people would look at me differently. After about 8 weeks, I decided this wasn’t working – that keeping it a secret made me feel worse.
So I decided I’d be open about it.
I can’t recommend enough that if you recognise any of these symptoms in yourself, that you talk to someone – anyone – about it.
Recognition is the first step, but as with so many other things, that first step is often the most difficult. We need to try and make that first step easier by being more open about it.
I’m Malcolm – and I have depression.
#ItsOkayTo #PowerOfOkay #MyUnfilteredLife #MentalHealth #Depression #SeeMe #EndStigma #MentalHealthAwareness #Scotland #Health


This was not written by me. But this is the most #realatable thing I've ever seen.

#depression #selfharm #cutting #mentalillness #losingcontrol #selfhatred #broken #sad #control

She will never need me. I'm not that person and I need to get it out of my head that I am because it's tearing my apart. I keep think that I matter to her and I will never. I will never be enough for her. 😢😭😭
#selfhate #selfharm #suicidial #why #depression #depressed #anarexia #killme

🎵I know the rent is in arrears, the dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears but it's alright🎵


Today was a pretty good day! Had a good talk at therapy, went out for dinner with my mom and grandmother and met the sweetest girl ever @tinybitsofpositivity 😊🌸
Dinner was okay I gues? Feeling like shit now but I'm gonna take a shower and going to watch some netflix. •
So as I said, I met @tinybitsofpositivity today and she was so nice and I took my afternoon snack with her and I was so comfortable so yayyy ❤❤ Can't wait to see her again 😘

Tomorrow I'm gonna dye my hair, so I will upload a picture from the result tomorrow 💇🏼 #ana #anorexianervosa #anorexiarecovery #recovery #depression #depressed #nourishtoflourish #nourishnotpunish #eatittobeatit #2fab4ana #healthynotskinny #strongnotskinny #edwarrior #sushi

“I hope that someday, somebody wants to hold you for twenty minutes straight, and that’s all they do. They don’t pull away. They don’t look at your face. They don’t try to kiss you. All they do is wrap you up in their arms, without an ounce of selfishness in it.”
(Via tumblr) #palegrunge #grunge #indie #tumblr #theneighbourhood #pastel #dark #scars #pale #aesthetic #aesthetictumblr #theme #palegrunge #pale #confidence #equality #quote #selfcare#mentalhealth #race #mentalhealthawareness #depressed #anxiety #selfharrm #weak #depression #equality #power #love #breakup #beauty #positivevibes #bodypositivity


don't be fooled by the smile I'm actually extremely stressed out and sleep deprived

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