Nov 19 2010

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Best Tweets for Trauma Survivors (week ending 11/19/10)

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.

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@soulseedz “You have no idea how, when and where
the seeds of your best efforts will harvest in amazing ways.”


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@Tamavista “To see your drama clearly is to be liberated from it.” ~ Ken Keyes

@PsychDigest “Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment.” ~ Rumi

@zebraspolkadots “To believe is the core of being. To hope is to believe in possibility.”

@rcinstitute “WisdomWednesday: wisdom is knowing that we all feel inadequate, helpless and vulnerable, sometimes.”

@pinwheelgirl “Life is short. It really is. Fleeting. Like a vapor. Make the moments count. Take time to truly connect and express your love.”

@karenkmmonroy “LET IT BE. The harder it is to let it be, the more necessary it is for you to let go.”

Linked Tweets

@afspnational Survivors of Suicide Day is [tomorrow] Nov. 20th. A day for those who have lost someone they love to suicide.
[SEO: “Over 275 simultaneous conferences for survivors of suicide loss will take place throughout the U.S. and around the world. This unique network of healing conferences helps survivors connect with others who have survived the tragedy of suicide loss, and express and understand the powerful emotions they experience.” You can find a conference near you or register to watch a conference online.]

@SarahEOlson2009 Call for submissions-Carnival against Child Abuse-Theme: Holiday Triggers (via Splinteredones’s Blog)
[SEO: There’s still time to submit your post(s) for the “holiday triggers” themed Carnival against Child Abuse. Deadline is midnight Tuesday, November 23rd; the Carnival will be published next Friday, November 26th. Submit a new post or one from your archives, and see the other ongoing categories for which you can also offer posts at this link. Holidays are a big issue for many child abuse survivors. Sharing about it is both validating and helpful to others just starting out on their healing journey.]

@psychcentral What Everyone Should Know About How Stress Affects the Brain (via @Mindful_Living)
[SEO: This is fascinating. “To put it simply, they found that in rats, chronic stress caused atrophy in the area of the brain associated with decision making and goal directed behaviors and an increase in the areas associated with habit. Are you a stress case? Hope is not lost and we can thank the Neuroscientists for their discovery of neuroplasticity. If you haven’t heard the term neuroplasticity before, basically it means that throughout our lives we have the ability to rewire our brains.”]

@DrKathleenYoung Does Self-Care Mean Others Don’t?
[SEO: “Imagine your therapist introduces the topic of self-care, or assesses how you currently handle strong negative feelings or times of crisis. How would you interpret this sort of intervention? Does it mean your therapist doesn’t care? That others can’t care for or comfort you? Is it a kind of passing the buck? Do specific coping behaviors feel trivial compared to the magnitude of your pain?” A great conversation continues in the comments!]

@serialinsomniac Why the Healing Process is Worthwhile (via Blooming Lotus blog)
[SEO: “The biggest surprise was recognizing that I was not something broken that needed to be fixed.” Although the focus here is upon healing from child abuse, there are many aspects — and causes — of PTSD that make one feel “broken”.]

@FaithLotus Staying Present as the Key to Healing from Child Abuse and Aftereffects
[SEO: A nice followup piece to the article above. “… I had a therapist who encouraged me to live in the present. He would say that the past has already happened and the future has not happened yet. The only moment I have right now is the present one. He would encourage me to engage in activities, such as playing the piano, that drew my focus to the present moment. His antidote to being triggered and dissociating was to focus on the present –- on how the chair feel under my legs, how my breath feels in my body, etc.”]

@psychcentral Depression and aromatherapy: Huffing jasmine (via Depression Blog)
[SEO: More on the value of being present. “When I was in my last depression, there was only one thing that could pull me back to here and now: Jasmine. During those long, sleepless nights I walked the neighborhood with my dog. It was springtime and the Confederate jasmine was in full bloom here in south Florida.” This isn’t really about the jasmine, but what it represents. Since I was a very young girl, nothing has released me from my time warp traps — directly into the now — like cats. Cats are always living in the present moment, and they want you to be part of it. What is it for you that brings you back to now? Cultivate it.]

@catatonickid Need More Sleep? (via @ssanquist)
[SEO: “For optimal health and well-being Labcoats ‘R Us will tell you we should all be getting between 7-8 hours sleep a night; a lovely thought dreamed up by people who’ve clearly never gone 4 days without sleep and found themselves wondering why the walls are slithering.”]

@fitbet Five natural ways to beat the winter blues
[SEO: “The Cleveland Clinic estimates that at least 10 to 20 percent of the population suffers from some sort of seasonal depression brought on by shorter days. An additional 4 to 6 percent of North Americans suffer from a more extreme version of “winter blues” called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). At this stage of the research, the disorder seems to be related to insufficient light and the resulting hormonal disruptions caused by the pineal gland. When the pineal gland believes it is in darkness, it secretes a hormone called melatonin, which has sedative properties.” Symptoms, and natural things you can do about it.]

@Quotes4Writers 20 Strategies to Defeat the Urge to Do Useless Tasks (via Zen Habits)
[SEO: I never stop wrestling with procrastination. While I disagree that a task designated as “useless” (like checking emails) is always so, as an avoidance technique, it’s superb! :) When I feel paralyzed by anxiety (which is where most of my procrastination is born), I’ve trained myself to go for the useless things first, because they allow basic movement where there wasn’t any before. If that works, I then focus on — and struggle with — how to prioritize the movement in “useful” ways that don’t lead back to paralysis. The strategies in this post offer some new ideas.]

@PsychToday Don’t neglect to make a small change because you think a big change is necessary. (Happiness Project)
[This is one of Gretchen Rubin’s “10 Common Happiness Mistakes”. I don’t think of these things in terms of “happiness”. (Articles about happiness tend to make me cringe as they are too often simplistic and have very little to do with the reality of my life. There, I said it. Heh) But these 10 items are more about what we might regret not doing, changing, addressing, or realizing. Doing or changing these things don’t guarantee “happiness”, but they will eliminate the regret of not doing or changing them. Take a look at her list. What would you regret?]

@PsychToday Annoying or enlightening? Sometimes therapists use repetition to convey their message
[SEO: “The point is, sometimes therapists use repetition to convey their message. A persistent problem will elicit a consistent response (a brand new one, hot off the press!). But the broken record can get annoying. If irritation has reached a critical level, where you no longer hear the phrase and you just get mad, you might want to stop and take a look at it. Do you disagree with the message? Maybe you don’t understand it? Or the statement is correct, but you don’t know how to accept or apply it? This is all good material to discuss in session. Your therapist may have used the phrase so many times she isn’t aware it’s being lost on you.”]

@drlsomerstein 13 tips to survive Thanksgiving (via @ssanquist)
[SEO: A (somewhat) tongue in cheek list of what you can do to survive Thanksgiving, and really, any holiday where you will be surrounded — err, trapped — by people who haven’t a clue. “Remember — all the spiteful things your nasty cousin says tell you lots more about HIM than about you, and you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to. He’s pushy? You’re kung fu master. Let the negative energy flow right past you and back at him. BAM!” I do like the list, overall. But “pretend you are a hostage waiting for rescue” is amusing only in a ‘trapped at the office party’ kind of way. For many child abuse survivors who’ve been there, done that in a family context, hopefully they no longer spend holidays with people who created that need to pretend. Just sayin’.]

@goodthingZ The Art of Discovering the Spaces In-Between (via @aflourishinglif)
[SEO: A good discussion about why finding the spaces in between, where true relaxation can occur, is so important. “But staying in the known is ultimately confining. It’s not enlivening or liberating. We live in the boxes (cages?) we have constructed and avoid the possibility of wide open space. We choose tension over relaxation, habit over potential. We accept ‘good enough,’ while turning away from everything we truly long for. As Eckhart Tolle says, we are constantly chasing forms by thinking, doing, and reacting against. And in every moment, there is space –- breathing space, quiet and clear. Right now.”]

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