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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@Splinteredones “Peace is always there. No matter how often
I lose it with the crap in my head —
Peace is there, underneath, waiting for me.”
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@soulseedz “Your mind, body and spirit want to be in harmony. They are triplets separated at birth, longing to be reunited.”
@CarePathways “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
@rcinstitute “TruthfulTuesday: honesty isn’t just speaking the truth; it’s living with the intention not to deceive.”
@Love_Forgive “Nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~ James Baldwin
@zebraspolkadots “What label is limiting you?”
@karenkmmonroy “It’s here: the now. What are you doing with it?”
@fromtracie The November Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse is Here
[SEO: Posts linked in categories which apply regardless of theme: Poetry; Art Therapy; Healing/Therapy; Advocacy and Awareness; Aftermath; Survivor Stories; In The News… followed by this month’s theme posts: Holiday Triggers.]
@psychcentral The Awakenings Project
[SEO: “The Awakenings Project is a grass-roots initiative whose mission is to assist artists with psychiatric illnesses in developing their craft and finding an outlet for their creative abilities through art in all forms. The Awakenings Project also works to raise public awareness and acceptance of the creative talents of people living with psychiatric disorders who work in the fields of fine art, music, literature, and drama.”]
@DrJennifer [Did You Know] Taking a few moments every day to tune into yourself would benefit you in numerous ways?
[SEO: A list of the many physical, emotional, mental and spiritual rewards of meditation, and why these are good reasons to take a few moments to meditate.]
@CognitiveTherap Meditation and Mental Health
[SEO: “Meditation helps place worries, fears, and disappointments in a more rational perspective way giving a true picture. It helps the depressed person to analyze his negative thinking pattern more logically.” Discusses meditation’s role in alleviating anxiety, stress, and depression.]
@psychcentral Book Review: Total Relaxation: Healing Practices for Body, Mind and Spirit
[A lengthy, detailed book review of “Total Relaxation: Healing Practices for Body, Mind & Spirit”  by Dr. John Harvey, a relaxation and self-development specialist. Discusses why “zoning out” is not at all equal to “relaxation”, and delivers “…effective relaxation techniques…that will allow you to achieve Total Relaxation.” The review describes the five types of relaxation, and the accompanying CD with four guided practices of about 15 minutes in length: Differential Relaxation (muscular), Diaphragmatic Breathing (autonomic), Autogenic Training (autonomic), and Meditation (mental).]
The Rest of the Best
@MentalHelpNet Depressed? The Sacred Art of Distraction
[SEO: “Mindfulness is the ability to be more present to the direct experiences of the moments we are living. However, there’s a time and a place for everything and when we’re feeling particularly depressed, becoming mindful may not be the most skillful endeavor. When the brain is locked into automatic negative thinking it’s pretty difficult to drop into a nonjudgmental awareness and that very difficulty feeds the cycle of perceived failure. Enter the art of distraction.”]
@DrKathleenYoung Making Decisions about Therapist Self-Disclosure
[SEO: How much should a therapist disclose of their personal life to a client? Post discusses the when, how, and why, both from the clinician’s point of view and that of the client. It’s an important issue; I never made progress with any therapist until I found one who was willing to show an appropriately open, human, vulnerable side. (Key word: “appropriately”.) Before then, it was just someone talking at me.
A few months into therapy, I blurted out, “You know what I like about you best? You’re not afraid to show your weaknesses.” He modeled strength by being willing to say “I don’t know” rather than make it up. He made me feel more “normal” by admitting he didn’t like to walk downstairs to his kitchen in the dark late at night. He helped me laugh at how absurd life can be at times. All of these things were crucial to my ability to trust him, and to confide things I’d told no one.]
@Cascadia Adults who feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness. (via @Abeeliever)
[SEO: “A growing body of research suggests that maintaining an attitude of gratitude can improve psychological, emotional and physical well-being.” The research backs up that a benefit of gratitude accrues to both adults and children. The article discusses ways to find gratitude in your own life, and also the ways in which “gratitude” can be misused or amount to overkill.
However … “Being grateful also forces people to overcome what psychologists call the “negativity bias” — the innate tendency to dwell on problems, annoyances and injustices rather than upbeat events.” I disagree. People are far more complex than this statement. In my own experience, gratitude doesn’t “force” anything. It “allows” an opening, which is a very different way of looking at it. Reality is not always “positive”, and sometimes there’s just no way to “force positive” your way out of a situation. My reality comes with a “negativity bias” — and I don’t consider it an option or even desirable for it to be “forced” into something it’s not. What I strive for is not “overcoming” or “forcing”, but balance.
Even so, it’s a fascinating article. It includes a graphic about how to help kids be grateful, and an interactive quiz, “How Grateful Are You?”]
@MichelePTSD Healing Thought of the Week: Bring it down one notch
[SEO: “This nifty little tool provides you a thought process and loop designed to gradually — and through your own empowered actions — bring you down to a place of comfort.”]
@psychcentral Curious about clinical hypnosis? Here’s what it is and what to expect
[SEO: “… what lies at the heart of peoples’ problems is the quality and direction of their focus: they focus on feelings when they’d do better to focus on rational thinking, they focus on explaining problems and finding blame rather than developing solutions, they focus on what can go wrong instead of what can go right, or they focus on the negative past when they’d do better to focus on building their positive future. Clinical hypnosis can help change both the quality and direction of your focus.”]
@DrKathleenYoung Interesting research on happiness using Iphone app!
[SEO: “We developed a smartphone technology to sample people’s ongoing thoughts, feelings, and actions and found (i) that people are thinking about what is not happening almost as often as they are thinking about what is and (ii) found that doing so typically makes them unhappy.” Post includes link where you can participate in the “Track Your Happiness” research project.]