Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD 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.
NEW and REALLY COOL: You can now “like” and “share” this post 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.)
@LillyAnn “Today I’m noticing the quality of my silence,
which apart from anything else,
so determines the quality of my noise.”
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@rcinstitute “ThoughtfulThursday: how much do you doubt your own reality, and how much do you let others impose their reality on you?”
@Tamavista “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” ~ A. A. Milne
@lizstrauss “The more I stop being what I’m not, the more I accomplish and the more I find really incredible people around me.”
@karenkmmonroy “Change will feel out of your comfort zone, that’s why you need faith that you are more than the sum of your parts.”
@jodiblackley “Forgiving yourself can be more difficult than forgiving another… and many times, more powerful.”
@soulseedz “No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.” ~ Elie Weisel
April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
@SarahEOlson April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
[SEO: This is the US government’s central resource for all it sponsors with regard to “April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month”. You will find tip sheets; the 2011 Resource Guide, which you can use to educate others and effect change in your own neighborhood; and a suggested daily calendar with activities and resources by which you can reach those goals. Be sure to view the index in the left sidebar which takes you to a wealth of material regarding child abuse awareness, prevention, and how to respond if you see it, or a child looks to you for help.]
@helpspreadthis Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing and Preventing Child Abuse
[SEO: “The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal from their abuse and not perpetuate the cycle. Learn the signs and symptoms of child abuse and help break the cycle, finding out where to get help for the children and their caregivers.”]
@Hopefortrauma The Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse — March 2011 Edition is up!!
[SEO: Always packed with informative posts under the theme “Springtime”, as well as usual categories: Advocacy and Awareness; In the News; Healing and Therapy; Survivor Stories; and Poetry.]
@rcinstitute ThoughtfulThursday ~ Suicide: When the “inner critic” becomes a killer
[SEO: An extremely important topic for many trauma survivors. This article describes the path many abused and neglected children take to grow up with self-loathing — and an “inner critic” which drives them to self-destructive beliefs and behaviors. “The child who internalizes critical messages grows into an adult with a profound lack of entitlement to happiness or success, and a sense of despair over ever being able to be happy or fulfilled in life. The negative inner voice never lets up, continually blaming and shaming the person, filling them with self-doubt, worthlessness and ultimately, self-loathing.”
Don’t do this to your own children, and don’t stand by and watch it happen to other children with whom you are in regular contact. “It’s not just abuse which damages a child’s fragile, developing psyche; an attitude of disinterest is devastating to their developing sense of self-worth.”]
The Rest of the Best
@psychcentral An interesting look at dance/movement therapy
[SEO: A detailed account of what dance/movement therapy is comprised of, some of its history, and techniques used. Describes the difference between being in control and being in charge, and why only the latter is empowering. While the focus is on eating disorders, many types of trauma survivors have issues with their bodies and expression of feelings. (Note: The entire article is on Page 1. Pages 2 and 3 appear to be a formatting error.)]
@goodthingz How to Transform Emotions Through Meditation
[SEO: A good introduction into what is meditation, and how you can use it, step by step, to transform your emotions. “As you develop a basic meditative practice you can begin working toward more specific outcomes, such as more positive emotions. By meditating on different emotions you can become aware of what leads to and triggers these emotions in you, and recognize how different emotions can counter and offset each other.” (Note: I do not practice meditation — (and probably should) — so I have no way to judge whether the article’s premise is reasonably attainable. I’d love to learn what you who do meditate think about this in the comments.]
@SarahEOlson2009 Are You Practicing Perfection? Or Are You A Work In Progress?
[SEO: “There’s something that’s always struck me as a little strange about perfectionism. It assumes completion – that a thing can be finished. Whole. Over. Done. So in a world where it seems that ‘the only constant is change’, perfectionism demands a static ending.”]
@psychcentral If you’re not quite sure when to say goodbye to your antidepressants, read this
[SEO: If you, or your loved one, are currently on an antidepressant and thinking about stopping, you owe it to yourself, and that person, to read this important post. It is packed with the considerations one should ponder prior to stopping these drugs. First and foremost: never stop taking an antidepressant abruptly. Many of them need you to taper off slowly, or you may subject yourself to a wide range of symptoms. Read this.]
@rcinstitute ThoughtfulThursday: What is empowerment, really?
[SEO: Article describes what empowerment is, and what it isn’t, in various contexts. Here is just one nugget from this post. “True empowerment is a state of self-trust and self-respect. It means that you’re your own best friend at work and in relationships. You take responsibility for your choices and accept the consequences of your actions; you learn from your mistakes, so as not to repeat them.”]
@tinybuddha 4 Steps to Deal with Disappointment (via @AlwaysWellWithn)
[SEO: “For me, disappointment is one of life’s most uncomfortable feelings. It’s complex, containing a subset of other emotions like anger, hurt, sadness, and probably many others too subtle to identify. Sometimes, those emotions by themselves are easier to deal with, but disappointment can leave me at a loose end.”]