Jun 03 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (06/03/11)

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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Purple Flowers; Best Tweets 060311

Photo Credit: My sweet hubby!

@DrMelanieG “To be interested in the changing seasons
is a happier state of mind than to be
hopelessly in love with spring.” ~ George Santayana


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@Tamavista “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

@zebraspolkadots “When I feed my passion instead of fueling my pain is when I begin to live in my purpose.” ~ zebdot

@CecilyMacArthur “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung

@DanielKFoisy “Consciousness is such a mutation, it brings so much light into your being that darkness simply disappears.” ~ Osho

@karenkmmonroy “Reflection is spirit’s way of non-judgmental evaluation. It’s easy for the ego to turn reflection into deception with judgment. just say no.”

@LillyAnn “Be still, and sit within your heart. Courage will erase fear. Love will replace rage. The truth will come.”


Linked Tweets

@NAMIMass American Red Cross App Puts Emergency Care Instruction In The Palm Of Your Hand!
[SEO: We seem to be reeling from one disaster to the next, worldwide. If you could have free, potentially life-saving information on your phone, why wouldn’t you? “The ‘S.O.S by the American Red Cross’ app is a free app that provides real-time emergency care instructions and an expansive resource guide for emergency care information in order to help save lives. The app is available only for Android mobile devices.”]

@SarahEOlson2009 Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse: May theme: Self Care (via Kate1975’s Blog)
[SEO: Lots of great contributions on the theme of Self Care, as well as the usual categories: Advocacy and Awareness; Healing and Therapy; Art Therapy; Poetry; and Survivor Stories.]

@GlynisSherwood Dealing with Grief and Loss on Memorial Day? Break through the Myths of Grief Recovery (via @DrKathleenYoung)
[SEO: This links to an index of recent posts on the Recovery Matters Blog, which detail the myths of grief recovery. The most recent post is Myth of Grief Recovery #6 – Be Strong For Others. People working on trauma healing have much to grieve, but are often conditioned, in some cases since early childhood, to put others’ needs ahead of their own; to be strong for others, even when it seems no one is being strong for them. This post discusses why that does a disservice to all involved. Be sure to check the preceding five posts with Myths of Grief Recovery #1-5.]

@micheletrauma Your Life After Trauma — How to beat depression
[SEO: Archive of “Your Life After Trauma” radio broadcasts, which you can listen to online at any time. Topics listed for May 2011: “How to Beat Depression” with guests Cliff Richey and Denita Stevens; “What is PTSD and Can it Be Overcome?” with guests Dr. Laurence Miller and Sgt. Leo Dunson; and “How Trauma Affects the Brain” with guests Dr. Rachel Yehuda and Dr. Dave Ziegler. This is just one small part of the resources offered on Michele Rosenthal’s excellent website, Heal My PTSD.

@psychcentral Healing and positivity can be as simple and uncomplicated as putting pen to paper. The benefits of writing therapy.
[SEO: “Writing therapy has been utilized and shown effective to help people process and regulate emotions, particularly for dealing with past trauma.” While I think any form of writing can be therapeutic and beneficial, the linked article isn’t really about dealing with past trauma. It’s more about when you’re past dealing with trauma you can use “positive writing” to clarify goals and solutions to problems. That’s certainly worth a read.

But for trauma survivors still dealing with those trauma issues, see also Therapy Tools: The Therapy Journal, an article linked in the above post which I didn’t catch when first published. Lots of great tips on using a therapy journal!]

@SarahEOlson2009 5 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic
[SEO: An insightful look at how self-criticism partners with depression and/or anxiety, and steps to take “…that can help us quiet our inner critic so that we believe only half of what he/she says.”]

@HopeLCSW 4 Must-Do Mindfulness Exercises To Boost Your Body Image and Life
[SEO: “…Jan Chozen Bays, M.D., writes ‘Just as an untamed elephant can do damage, trampling crops and injuring people, so the untamed, capricious mind can cause harm to us and those around us.'” The focus is body image negativity, but it’s a great post for anyone who feels trapped in negativity and self-criticism, generally. Discusses mindfulness as a full-time life skill (as opposed to a set 30 minute routine), and offers four exercises to try it out in that context.]

@psychcentral Positive Psych: How to Experience Rest, Renewal, and Restoration
[SEO: “We are human beings not human doings, and finding balance between work, rest, and play can help us have better physical and emotional health, and find greater life-fulfillment.” Post provides a familiar list of how to find that balance. I can never have too many reminders on balance.]

@MentalHelpNet Feeling Overwhelmed? Take a Break
[SEO: “…sometimes the overwhelm is too great and in my mind, the underpinnings of mindfulness is to figure out what the most skillful action is to take. Perhaps ‘being with’ the overwhelm isn’t what is best in that moment for your stress reduction and well-being, and instead we need to ‘take a break’ from it in order to help stop the spiral.”]


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