Oct 15 2010

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Best Tweets for Trauma Survivors (week ending 10/15/10)

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.

Announcement: If you follow PTSD or trauma issues, please join the new PTSD Twibe at http://www.twibes.com/group/PTSD — all you need is a Twitter account. Thanks!

NEW and REALLY COOL: You can now “like” this post, and “share” it everywhere with the touch of a button or two at the end of the linked tweets! Feel free to do any or all of that! (And thanks.)

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@rleseberg “It’s not what you look at that matters,
it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Six Provocative Tweets to Ponder

@karenkmmonroy “Everything and everyone is your teacher. Everything. Everyone. No exceptions.”

@sparklekaz “When you welcome your emotions as teachers, every emotion brings good news, even the ones that are painful.” ~ Gary Zukav

@rcinstitute “TruthfulTuesday: the truth isn’t just the absence of lies; it’s the presence of sincerity and a desire to clarify.”

@_Munir “Compassion is the substance that binds all living things. You begin to understand the universal connections through empathy.”

@Tamavista “My definition of success is total self-acceptance.” ~ Viktor Frankl

@soulseedz “Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment. What could be more futile (insane) than inner resistance to what already is.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Linked Tweets

@HealingTouchAz Rescue of Chilean miners provides lesson in human resilience, psychologist says
[SEO: “These men could have just sat there, marking time on the wall. But instead, even in a situation unique and terrifying in their lives, they determined what needed to be done, who should do what and when, and set about giving order and meaning to their experience. That practice, as much as anything else, reflected and promoted their mental and emotional well being. It’s a lesson for the rest of us.”]

@ssanquist Childhood Hardships May Trigger Lifelong Susceptibility to Stress
[SEO: More about resilience: “In yet another study that links mental and physical well-being, researchers from Brown University have found that people who experience adversity during childhood are more susceptible to stress throughout the rest of their lives….Psychological resilience does not mean that a person will never become depressed, never be overwhelmed by stress, or never need to find a therapist. But it does mean that a person is in a better position to work through these things, and possibly has more fully developed emotional tools that will help them do so. And as this recent study shows, resilience starts young.”]

@psychcentral DBT Blog: How to Find Your Power: The Process of Empowerment
[SEO: “Empowerment is seen not just as mastery or self-advocacy, but as a process focused on personally meaningful and powerful goals. Change is both personal and internal, as well as social. In this model, to be empowered you cannot simply feel better about your abilities, you must have an impact.”]

@SarahEOlson2009 Gratitude is an Attitude [Self-Discovery, Word by Word series] | Nourishing the Soul
[SEO: “What gratitude does is refocus your attention and energy away from the burdens that you carry and creates a new reality. When we fail to consider the gifts that we have in our lives, we remain in a state of despair and frustration. We feel that we want more, need more. That we cannot be happy or feel satisfied with the way that things are.]

@Mindful_Living The Antidote to Self Hatred
[SEO: “Consider someone you respect who is living or dead that you consider to be a wise person or being. Now, imagine them inhabiting your body and mind during difficult moments or moments of self hatred and see how they might handle it.”

@goodthingZ 6 Simple Tips for Fighting Boredom
[SEO: Positing that boredom contributes to unhappiness, this post outlines six unusual ways to combat boredom.]

@SarahEOlson2009 Believing Your Own Memories « Blooming Lotus
[SEO: This is beyond validating for child abuse survivors. We all doubt, try to deny. And yet, we know. I was a person convinced I was crazy, and that my “memories” proved it. So I love this quote! “He even told me that the ‘insane’ patients try to convince you that they were abused, but the child abuse survivors try to convince you that they weren’t!” Excellent post.]

@psychcentral Feeling stressed? Take a break and watch this relaxing video
[SEO: “An instructional video with demonstration and guided narration to practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). PMR is an evidence-based relaxation method that involves tensing and relaxing muscle groups, effective for stress and insomnia.”]

@goodthingZ 10 Ways that Writing Helps Relieve Stress
[SEO: A helpful way to focus on the benefits of writing. Most intriguing, for me, is the claim that “writing alleviates asthma”. I have noticed on occasion when asthmatic and deep into my writing, that it draws my focus away from each breath, and I seem to relax and breathe a little easier. Who knew?]

@Mindful_Living What to Do in the Places That Scare You: Pema Chodron
[SEO: “… if we’re honest, it can be downright frightening to face or come to terms with those parts that we find so threatening; the parts of us who procrastinate, feel insecure, gets anxious, or falls into addictive patterns. However, it’s just a matter of truth that over and again it has been found that connection is the greatest source of healing.”]

@MentalHelpNet The Key to Dissolving Pain
[SEO: Intriguing read. People with chronic pain (I’m one of them) need all the keys they can get. “There might be a moment where we experience pain and that’s all we can focus on, exacerbating it with a barrage of negative judgments. Or maybe there’s a moment of pain where we intentionally choose to focus on it, but this time, letting the judgments be and tuning into the direct sensations of the feeling, thus stopping the negative cycle between thoughts, feelings, and emotions.”]

@SarahEOlson2009 Promise Me You Will Be Here Tomorrow (video)
[SEO: This was by far my most viewed post this last week. This video, done by a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder, is empowering and validating. If you are in a bad place, watch this. Watch it even if you’re not in a bad place. It’s that powerful. Note: Because I could not get the video to embed, the link to the video is at the end of the post.]

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