Apr 15 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (week ending 04/15/11)

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.

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SPECIAL NOTE: Ah, the joys of self-hosting your own blog! I keep getting a dreaded “fatal error” trying to upload a pic for this post. Therefore, we are ‘pictureless’ today! It just feels so… black and white.

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Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@CarePathways “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.”

@IyanlaVanzant “Those in your life who love you, respect, and want to be in your space will not risk losing you by crossing the boundary lines.”

@soulseedz “Your job is VP of research and self development; in charge of curiosity, growth and openness to future possibilities.”

@LynnetteBrown “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” ~ Peter F. Drucker

@drathenastaik “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.”

@rcinstitute “SoulfulSunday: cynicism is a disease of the soul. Compassion is the cure.”


Linked Tweets

Japan Earthquake Relief Efforts Continue


@newspyre Now live: www.messagesforjapan.com ~ Express support in your language, see auto-translation, support relief efforts
[SEO: From the official Google blog, a project called messagesforjapan.com will take your message — in any number of languages — to the people of Japan and automatically translate it into Japanese. View the one minute video, and go to Google’s Crisis Response Page for links to the top charities working for Japan earthquake relief. They will need donations for a very long time.]

@SarahEOlson2009 ‘2:46: Aftershocks'; A Twitter-sourced book by/about people affected by Japan earthquake. Proceeds to relief.
[SEO: “In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who met on Twitter created a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. In addition to essays, artwork and photographs submitted by people around the world, including people who endured the disaster and journalists who covered it, 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake contains a piece by Yoko Ono, and work created specifically for the book by authors William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein. …

ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the price you pay (net of VAT, sales and other taxes) goes to the Japanese Red Cross Society.” The book is currently available for Kindle (which you can read on other devices by downloading the Kindle software). A paper version is in the works.]


Meditation and Mindfulness


@tlomauro Meditation Is Effective at Relieving Pain
[SEO: A recap of various recent studies showing that meditation and mindfulness can be effective at relieving pain, make you feel happier, and give you better odds at losing weight. For example, “When it came time for a midday break, ‘people had a mindful lunch in silence for an hour. They enjoyed the food, didn’t overeat, didn’t rush, and were very aware and meditative when they sat down to start the meal.'”]

@karenkmmonroy Why Meditate? Here’s Why! (via @mindbodygreen)
[SEO: A short article includes a 3 minute animated video about the origins of meditation, and the positive benefits you can derive from practicing it.]

@SarahEOlson2009 Stop the World and See (via Always Well Within)
[SEO: “Often, we don’t see the world around us because we’re thinking too much, daydreaming, or just zoning out. It’s like we’re in another world. Other times we’re overly concentrated on the project at hand. So we only see what’s right in front of us like we’re wearing blinders. We haven’t learned to balance mindfulness with global awareness.”]


The Rest of the Best


@StopItNow TAKE ACTION with us in April to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
[SEO: April is (still) National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This newsletter from Stop It Now provides links to resources and aids to spreading awareness of the issues. Includes a links section for summer safety. Be proactive on behalf of the children you know! You may be the difference in their life.]

@SarahEOlson2009 33 Favorite Self-Help Books of Psychologists (via World of Psychology)
[SEO: A wide range of topics of self-help books chosen by mental health professionals. Definitely worth a look!]

@NAMIMass Are Your Finances a Mess? Money and Emotion
[SEO: “Do you want to change problem behaviors that leave you financially unstable?” With the tax deadline looming in the U.S., this is a timely post about how the way we view money connects to and weaves around our emotions, often in self-destructive ways. “Problematic patterns in how you think about and manage money are often related to painful emotions such as guilt, fear and anxiety.”]

@thereseborchard Thanks, Della, for a great interview! Coping With Depression
[SEO: An insightful interview of Therese Borchard, who blogs about coping with depression, and is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression and Anxiety, and Making the Most of Bad Genes She approaches her own depressive tendencies from a holistic viewpoint. Discusses the role of alternative therapies and the mind-body-spirit connection; lists common symptoms of depression, and self-care measures you can take to alleviate those symptoms.]

@tinybuddha 20 Ways to Overcome Doubts
[SEO: “Maybe the point is to learn to be less afraid of leaping, knowing that the net may not always appear, but the fall will never be far enough to do any lasting damage.”]

@psychcentral 21 Tips to Stop Being a People-Pleaser
[SEO: “People-pleasers yearn for outside validation. Their ‘personal feeling of security and self-confidence is based on getting the approval of others.’ … They worry how others will view them when they say no. What many people-pleasers don’t realize is that people-pleasing can have serious risks. Not only does it put a lot of pressure and stress on you, Newman said, but ‘essentially you can make yourself sick from doing too much.'” Includes 21 strategies to help you learn to say ‘no’.]


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