Jun 10 2010

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Best Tweets for Trauma Survivors (week ending 06/11/10)

Best Tweets for Trauma Survivors is a weekly Friday feature. My selections are entirely subjective, and I know it will never be possible to include every great resource tweeted. But I can try! I’ve personally read all tweeted links, and believe them to be of great value.

Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for content found on any other website. Stay safe, and don’t follow links if you believe you might be triggered by them. Also, I will not be re-checking links from older Best Tweets posts, and if the site’s archived URL is different from the one I’ve provided here, you may need to do a search on their site.

Please add your candidates for Best Tweets For Trauma Survivors in the comments. It’s a Best Tweets bumper crop here, so let’s get started!

A tribute to John Wooden, may he rest in peace

@LZeefe “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~ John Wooden

@Jason_Pollock “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” ~ John Wooden

@Alyssa_Milano “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” ~ John Wooden

Standalone Tweets

@AffirmYourLife “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” ~ Helen Keller

@Tamavista “Before you can find yourself, you must first be lost.” ~ Kitamori

@sia_ky “This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know — the soul is built entirely out of attentiveness.” ~ Mary Oliver

@CarePathways “Change requires leaving our comfort zones and plunging headfirst into uncomfortable situations.”

@dose_of_love “The more you own and forgive your darker sides, the less you need to attract them externally in others.” (via @LisaKiftTherapy)

@DrCesa “Self-understanding, rather than self-condemnation is the way to inner peace and mature conscience.” ~ Joshua L Lieberman (via @ssanquist)

@dahara “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” ~ Buddha

@NoSocialAnxiety ‘When we no longer need to pretend to be something we’re not, we feel authentic and alive.”

@LillyAnn “The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.”

@soulseedz “Say to yourself: I am a force for healing. My head, heart and hands work together for the good of all.”

@soulseedz “Every breath contains healing power, and mindful breathing is one simple thing you can do to restore wholeness to your body.”

@therapy4help “Today, I will relax, breathe deeply, and go with the flow….”

@LillyAnn “When I want to speak, let me first think: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? If not, let it be left unsaid.”

@AffirmYourLife “You never know when one act or one word of encouragement can change a life forever. “ ~ Zig Ziglar

@drcmblake “Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” ~ Plato ☆ (via @zbluemoon)

@Tamavista “To be fully alive is to feel that everything is possible.” ~ Eric Hoffer

@LillyAnn “You cannot say that you have mastered love until you include yourself in its embrace.” ~ Alan Cohen

Linked Tweets

@EFF Opt-Out Required to Prevent Your Yahoo! Mail Contacts From Being Used for Social Network (with opt-out instructions)

@PromisePlace How and When to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Abuse | Psychology Today

@MSF_USA “MSF psychiatrist Dr. Maryvonne Bargue talks about the impact of the earthquake in Haiti four months later.”
[SEO: This helps me to put my own troubles into perspective, and to renew my gratitude for all I have in my life.]

@psychcentral “It’s not easy, but it’s important. A must-read on how to respect your body.
[SEO: Not easy for many people, but I think survivors of physical/sexual abuse additionally must rise above the old tapes saying that violation of body boundaries isn’t under your control, which (for me at least) turned the body into an enemy.]

@Mindful_Living Bad Habits: Do You Have a Choice?

@psychotherapi Surviving Anxiety, Depression & More
[SEO: A helpful Squidoo site maintained by @psychotherapi]

@800273TALK (two separate links here) 1 in 10 of returning soldiers report PTSD or depression. We have a program for service members
[SEO: See also their programs for help for anyone contemplating suicide or their loved ones/friends.]

@afspnational Learn what AFSP is doing to educate students and teachers about depression / suicide risk. #morethansad

@drcmblake 50 Ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities (Via tinybuddha.com)
[SEO: You could easily make each of these suggestions a project. Some will take longer than others, but all are worthwhile goals.]

@grace2244 Art Therapy: How can it help?
[SEO: A growing community of child abuse survivors are using the Polyvore website (www.polyvore.com) as hands-on art therapy. The site lets you choose “sets” of art objects and arrange them as you would a collage. @grace2244 is a prolific artist, always thought-provoking, and you can see any of her artworks by looking at her Twitter profile (twitter.com/grace2244) and clicking on any of the Polyvore links she has posted there. This linked post provides detailed explanation (follow the text above the artwork to below it) as to how survivors can best use Polyvore in therapeutic ways. Excellent!]

@mental_news Scientists develop pill that erases traumatic memories
[SEO: I’ve had moments where I’ve wished fervently that there was just a pill to make it all go away. But really. You have to ask yourself here, “What could possibly go wrong?” The mind reels.]

@dragonheartsong “This is really good info, especially for dissociative folks.” ~ PTSD Healing Thought of the Day (via HealMyPTSD.com)

@MindfulBoston Can your breathing be smooth, like the waves of the ocean?
[SEO: Step by step, what you can do right now to relax and de-stress. Very helpful!]

@DeborahSerani Feeling depressed increases pain perception that *is* real

@HealMyPTSD What to do about money?
[SEO: Some basic info to deal with the double whammy of being too deeply affected to keep working while obtaining required treatment gets expensive. Been there.]

@goodthingZ 3 Steps To Practice Acceptance and Have a Peaceful Life (These work…) (via Tiny Buddha)

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