Drifting on the echoes of the hours.

I'm Alexandra. I'm 27, queer, chronically ill, mentally interesting, and I live in the Canadian Prairies.

Here you will find beautiful pictures, beautiful words, surreal humour, adorable animals (especially birds and bats), nature, hippy shit, neat art, queer things, feminist things, Buddhist things, things related to knitting, Greek and Roman Classical stuff, period film/tv appreciation, things that appease my inner goth teenager, and posts on living with chronic illness and mental illness that don't involve the word "spoons". And maybe the occasional Teen Wolf gif set because nobody's perfect.

#mental health

“Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay, nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune, the cost of which should be shared by the community.”

– Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS.
Happy Birthday, NHS (5/7/48)

utteranonymity:

Fun little trick I learned in therapy: validation. When someone is upset, don’t try to fix the problem, point out the cause, or tell them it could be worse. Just validate their emotions. Be like, ‘shit yeah man, that sucks. I’m sorry you’re going through that. I’m here for you.’ That’s literally all you have to do to make them feel better. Thank you and goodnight.

circuitbird:

footstepsinthefrost:

Why is the blame for romanticizing mental illness lodged at teenage girls documenting/trying to cope with their struggles with mental illness and not grown men who make movies about how medication is evil and schizophrenia is magic powers.

I’m just gonna reblog this every time I see it.

And people with life-destroying anxiety are just ~quirky and ~need the right man.

onlytimewillchangeit:

cishetssuck:

friendly reminder that:

  • you are not weak if you want meds for your disorder
  • you are not weak if you relapse once
  • you are not weak if you relapse a thousand times
  • you are not weak if some kinds of therapy don’t work for you
  • you are not weak if some kinds of meds don’t work for you
  • you are not weak if you have a mental disorder.
I will reblog every time.

I needed this today. Thank you.

unexplained-events:

Continuous baths were one form of hydrotherapy used in mental hospitals beginning in the early 1900s. This was derived from a German spa treatment where people would spend a few hours to even a few days surrounded by flowing water. A canvas covered the top of the tub so a straightjacket wasn’t needed. Sadly this method of treatment was phased out by shock therapy and chemical drug treatments.

"Sadly."

Because being confined by force to a tub of sometimes overly hot, but mostly ice cold water (to “cool the humours”), is somehow preferable to/more ethical than taking a pill every day,

“Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.”

– Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (via fawun)

“I don’t wish to fetishize psychological or emotional instability; I’m aware of the enormous toll it can exact. And I know that there are many people who live under unbearable burdens of uncertainty. But we are mistaken when we interpret anxiety and other forms of existential disorientation as being at odds with a well-lived life. It may well be that they are an essential part of such a life.”

– Mari Ruti, Happiness and its Discontents (via tabulasar)