Jul 30 2010

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New: Best Tweets for Trauma Survivors (week ending 07/30/10)

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.

Standalone Tweets

@Tamavista “Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

@rcinstitute “TruthfulTuesday: you are not the sum of the stories you tell about yourself; you are more real than this.”

@KinderEric “Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt.” ~ William Shakespeare

@karenkmmonroy “Judgment (including of self) is a false directional mechanism — it always gets you lost.”

@empowermentguru “Compassion allows you to build courage, and courage allows you to be more compassionate.”

@SMARTBuddhist “Getting ‘pissed off’ can show passion and be a strength. Knowing what to be pissed about, and how to be constructive about it, is a virtue.”

@RiaSmithDesigns “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” ~ Chinese proverb (via Maria_bg)

@SabineBraun “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

@karenkmmonroy “Sometimes life can feel hard, but it’s your belief in hard that makes the hard harder.”

@PixelProject “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” ~ Helen Keller

@abusesurvivors “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

@DrJennifer “Bravery is being truthful with your feelings and being with life as it is in every moment.”

@BeautyofWisdom “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” ~ Carl Jung

@Tamavista “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~ Carl Rogers

@rcinstitute “FreedomFriday: mental rigidity is a greater prison than any jail.”

@ImpassionedCat “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” ~ Bernice Johnson Reagon

@JPBarlow “The most exhausting thing you can do is to be inauthentic.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Linked Tweets

@psychcentral Finding Hope: ‘The Instillation of Hope’ in Therapy and in Life

@hyblis Is Online Psychotherapy Right for You? 5 Points to Consider (Via @therapy4help @ssanquist)

@akvet Understanding and Coping with PTSD (PDF) (via NAMI)
[Prepared by Veterans Healthcare Administration, National Center for PTSD]
[SEO: Focus is on veterans, but much of this information pertains to anyone with PTSD. Includes additional links, and a checklist of questions to ask your doctor. Excellent resource!]

@2morrowknight 42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself (Via @LeyMarieCel and Lifehack.org)
[SEO: Intriguing ways not just to improve yourself, but many of these suggestions can be used to break out of a rut or the doldrums.]

@STRAY_DOGGY Service Dogs to Help with Psychiatric Disabilities?
[SEO: The range of what a service dog can be taught is fascinating. One example, for people with anxiety or PTSD, a dog can lick the person’s face to help bring him into the present, bring the TV remote to provide a distraction, or in an anxiety-provoking social setting can, by a discreet hand gesture, whine or do other behavior which gives the person a graceful “out”, to leave the room or move away from the group of people or person making him feel anxious.]

@goodthingZ 10 Things to Let Go of Today: Letting Go Is Not the Same as Giving Up

@BeyondMeds The busy mind on meditation: minimal training in meditation can lessen the perception of pain

@drcmblake On Dealing with Fear: Stop Judging Yourself and Be (Via Tiny Buddha Blog)
[SEO: Great post on dealing with fear, from spiders to possibly falling back into a depression pit. “We can challenge and overcome our fears if we’re willing to take power away from them. They aren’t as powerful as we think they are.”]

@zebraspolkadots A Journey… “Big Fat Borderline” (may be triggering)
[SEO: An essay about how the mental health system, with its stereotypes, labels people to their detriment. Don’t allow a label to define your essence and your self-worth.]

@DrKathleenYoung July Carnival Against Child Abuse
[SEO: The theme for the July Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse is “Independence”. A smorgasbord awaits you of blog posts and arts by survivors of child abuse, and by therapists who work with them.]

@patriciasinglet Forgiveness, Done In Layers, not a one-time thing
[SEO: Forgiveness from the point of view of an incest survivor, but food for thought for anyone struggling with this issue. Discusses what forgiveness is and is not about, and how unresolved anger blocks forgiveness.]

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