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🔬🎨🌲🌌🛏 Not an influencer, just a girl making friends & fighting depression with science, art, my crazy cat @elliotsmiles 😺🤷‍♀️ & 4 foster kitties

Up down, yin yang, joy pain. ☯️ To know one you must know the other. The human body has its own system of checks and balances to maintain homeostasis. Opponent process theory of emotion explains that after experiencing great joy, your body is triggered to achieve balance by counteracting happiness, sometimes overcorrecting itself. Sadness that sometimes follows happiness has been nicknamed a “happiness hangover.” Feeling happy all the time would make you less motivated, less aware of your surroundings, etc and would not have been beneficial to survival. For example, before orgasm your body is ramping up on dopamine until you peak. After orgasm, as dopamine declines, a hormone called prolactin is activated and increased. There’s a bit of sadness, detachment or distancing that comes after sex. If we didn’t have these checks and balances, we’d go around constantly seeking pleasure and neglect our other life-sustaining requirements like finding food, raising children, building shelter, etc. . . #science #happinesshangover #evolution #biology #neurodiverse #depressionsupport #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthsupport #endthestigma #breakthestigma #letstalkaboutmentalhealth #magicalgirl #neurodiversity #pantonecoloroftheyear #coralhair #livingcoral2019 #peachhair #lunartideshair #coralpink #colorfulhair
“Living in agreement with nature”🌿 is one of the stoic principles. It means living like the rational, thoughtful, considerate, evolved homo sapiens that we are and not just reacting to our emotions and impulses like animals. My strategy is to wait until strong feelings have passed before making decisions... and if I still think it’s a good idea later I go for it. Also consider other interferences with your mental faculties like being hungry or tired. 🙃🤘 . . #stoicism #stoic #reason #neurodiverse #depressionsupport #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthsupport #endthestigma #breakthestigma #letstalkaboutmentalhealth #magicalgirl #neurodiversity #emotionalregulation #pantonecoloroftheyear #coralhair #livingcoral2019 #peachhair #lunartideshair #coralpink #colorfulhair
This is a message for anyone out there self-conscious about posting and editing selfies for fear of being labeled “self-involved” or “superficial.” I think it’s more superficial to deny yourself something if it would bring you joy. Selfies are an art form, they are self expression, they are there to remind you of your beautiful, awesome self when you are feeling anything but. You should never be ashamed of taking or posting them. Like art, they can come in these forms: realism and idealism. Realism would be your purist, unedited, unfiltered, naturalist real life moments. Idealism is for the perfectionists with a preference for the aesthetically pleasing and an eye for detail. They are different, but they are equally great. My personal preference is idealism; I’m an art director and I thoroughly enjoy the process and execution. Recently I was introduced to press-on nails so I’ve added that to my routine. They come off the second my photo session is over. So does the makeup so I can return to my usual state of bare-faced, bunhead in sweats. I’ll take something like 300 pictures and find maybe 3 that I like. The rest are garbage. Some tips for the artistically inclined: find just the right natural light that eliminates all shadows from your face without overexposure. This may take patience and experimentation with different windows, different times of day, etc. Colored lights make great backlighting. I use the apps Airbrush and RNI Films for filters, grain & dust to add interesting texture. Any other questions? Ask me! Do what makes you happy😊💘✌️ #pantonecoloroftheyear #coralhair #livingcoral2019 #peachhair #lunartideshair #coralpink #summerhair #colorfulhair #pinkhair #vividhair #coloredhair #selfexpression #selflove #selfiesforselflove
Get outta town with this cuteness!!!! I’ve been watching this little love story develop between Elliot and Minako.💘 #cutenessoverload #daddykink #catlove #lovestory #kittensofig #elliotandmina #whatamigonnadonow #5catshelpme
Summer-ready with my new coral hair! 🍉👙 . I’ve been happier than usual and I attribute it to all the kitten love I get daily. 🐱💕 I’m having trouble with the idea of parting with them but I can’t have 5 cats, I’ll never date again! Lol. Also I have a big revelation to announce soon! . I used Coral Pink by @lunartideshair . #pantonecoloroftheyear #coralhair #peachhair #lunartideshair #coralpink #summerhair #colorfulhair #pinkhair #vividhair #readyforsummer #coloredhair
I have been inside Lena Dunham’s brain for the past week and I never want to leave! I’m listening to her narrate her audiobooks while working on some exciting new projects. The quote is inspired by her commentary at the end of an episode of her amazing show GIRLS. I love her confidence and how she embraces her whole self, flaws and all. She says whatever comes to her mind without apologizing for oversharing. I have a great appreciation for when people aren’t timid and polite and just tell the truth. It can feel so damn liberating to unburden yourself from all the little secrets you keep. I come away after listening to her with the feeling that my experiences and my thoughts on them matter. . . #lenadunham #notthatkindofgirl #isitevilnottobesure #girlshbo #rolemodel #illustration #digitalart #artistsofig #girlyart #girlsinanimation #womenofillustration #artists_cloud #socfeature #femaleempowerment
I’m not diseased, I’m different. While I very much appreciate the good will of the cheerleader support messages and comments I get, I would feel remiss without saying that at this point in time, I don’t think of depression as a disease I need to overcome, but as a part of me I accept and need to manage the symptoms of. I’m writing about it because I’m managing it quite well now and I want to share what I am learning. The world is a pretty overwhelming place for a person of my sensitivities and the tendency I have to withdraw from it into a depressed state is a coping mechanism. Those neural pathways have been so reinforced, it’s become the default setting in my brain. . I’ve really enjoyed talking to the people who have messaged me. If I take a few days to reply, know it has nothing to do with you, just me trying to organize my inner world. . If anyone is interested, there is a free audio book download on Amazon of “The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to reverse the course of depression…” which admittedly I’ve only listened to about half of, but there is useful content in it. My attention has moved onto Robert Sapolsky’s Behave: the biology of humans at our best and worst.🙃🍊📖 . . #neurodiverse #depressionsupport #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthsupport #endthestigma #breakthestigma #letstalkaboutmentalhealth #stoicism #stoic #lunartideshair #colorfulhair #yellowhair #arcticfoxhaircolor #cosmicsunshine #haircolorido #vividhair #orangehair #magicalgirl #neurodiversity #emotionalregulation
Upon realizing she’s being poisoned. Notorious (1946) is a brilliant Hitchcock film and one of my favorite movies. While I made this I thought about the people in one’s life who slowly drain the life out of you like the poison incrementally added to Ingrid Bergman’s coffee and tea. I’m reevaluating friendships and relationships that aren’t going to work for me anymore. ☠️☕️ . . #notorious #hitchcock #ingridbergman #illustration #illustrator #illustrationart #digitalart #digitalpainting #classicfilms #artistsofig #artistsofinstagram #girlyart #girlsinanimation #wacomtablet #photoshop #runado #artistsoninstagram #digitalillustration #photoshopcc #lipcherrymagenta #girlart #womenofillustration #artists_cloud
In my various attempts at pulling myself out of a depressed state, I sometimes like to think about how depression and anxiety have served an evolutionary purpose. In human history, traits responsible for depression were likely useful to our survival and why they were passed on. A suggestive line of evidence in various studies finds that people who have a tendency towards depressed mood states are often highly intelligent and analytical, able to break down complex problems into smaller parts, better at solving social dilemmas and have increased capacity for divergent thinking leading to greater creativity. And what’s more, these traits probably kept your great ancestors safe from danger, which made it possible for you to be alive today. When you think of it that way, depression isn’t entirely bad. . . #evolution #evolutionarypsychology #evolutionarybiology #bioevolution #skeptic #depressionsupport #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthsupport #endthestigma #breakthestigma #letstalkaboutmentalhealth #science #stoicism #stoic #sciencerules #stressrelief #anxietyrelief #lunartideshair #colorfulhair #yellowhair #arcticfoxhaircolor #cosmicsunshine #haircolorido #vividhair #orangehair #magicalgirl #neurodiversity #emotionalregulation
Yay I love when @davecavedraws uses me as a reference for his awesome art! 💜🖤 And on a superhero related note, looking forward to the Avengers tonight with @glen_sobel 🛡 #raven #batman #characterart #artistsofig #digitalartist
Here’s some pics of my mini muffins and my main muffin in rainbows. Having a rough morning because I had to bury a dead bird, this procedure I’ve been waiting for had to be rescheduled and I’m trying to come to terms with a new diagnosis. Going to go cuddle my babies til I feel better.🐱 Also, yes if you were wondering, I’m on my way to becoming an old spinster crazy cat lady. #kittens #kittensofinstagram #fosterkittens #fostercatsofinstagram #kittenrescue #kittenlovers #kittensforadoption #adoptable #adoptdontshop #kittens_of_world #babyanimals #cutebabyanimals
sometimes life actually is kittens and rainbows 🌈🐱🥰 #kittenrescue #fosterkittens
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