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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@DrJennifer “It helps all of us
when we give ourselves permission.
It’s so good to be real…”
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@ariannahuff “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”
@PsychDigest “While the old saying is, ‘What we resist, persists,’ in mindfulness it is, ‘What you accept, transforms.'”
@WisdomalaCarte “When one is out of touch with oneself, one cannot touch others.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
@Tamavista “Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” ~ Spencer Johnson
@karenkmmonroy “What holds you to the past? You keep thinking/talking about it. So you keep re-creating it — so you keep talking/thinking ’bout it.”
@DrAthenaStaik “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ~ Virginia Woolf
@HuffingtonPost Staggering numbers: A veteran dies by suicide every 80 minutes, new study says.
[SEO: “Faced with the stigma of post-traumatic stress disorder, unemployment rates tipping 12 percent and a loss of the military camaraderie, many veterans report feeling purposeless upon returning home. … The epidemic is raging among those who are currently serving too. From 2005 to 2010, approximately one service member committed suicide every 36 hours, the CNAS study revealed.” Every 36 hours! The study makes ‘big picture’ recommendations which are years overdue.
Meanwhile, as we near Veterans Day (in the U.S. November 11th), think of ways you can support the veterans in your life throughout the year. PTSD doesn’t take a holiday.]
@HealthyPlace Accepting Diagnosis of Mental Illness
[SEO: “At some point in our journey to wellness, most of us hear similar words—We Have a Mental Illness. The first reaction might be one of denial and then relief. Nobody wants to have a mental illness that is stigmatized and requires medication and consistent self-care, but if you have been struggling with the pain of untreated mental illness, having a reason for this is a relief. Knowing that treatment is available is scary but opens doors: life can be stable and productive. But it isn’t easy to accept, not yet. The diagnosis is just the first step many of us take in order to find recovery.”]
@DorleeM 13 Surprising Ways To Fight Headache Pain
[SEO: Discusses alternative therapies including: biofeedback, accupuncture, massage, stretching, aerobics, meditation, yoga, relaxation exercises, heat and cold, avoiding nitrates and nitrites, botox injections (surprised me, too!), transcranial magnetic stimulation, and electrode implants. You never know what might offer some relief.]
@Mindful_Living If you have 10-Minutes somewhere today, go ahead, give yourself a gift and practice this right now. (YouTube)
[SEO: “This is a 10 minute practice to bring with you anywhere and anytime to begin training your mind to be more present to your life and recognize more clarity, opportunity, possibility and choice.” Video by Dr. Elisha Goldstein (@Mindful_Living). I found it very relaxing, and I’m a hard case in that area.]
@HealthyPlace When to Disclose an Anxiety Disorder
[SEO: “Following on from last week’s article on why to disclose an anxiety disorder, I thought I’d say a little about when to disclose an anxiety because it is, perhaps, as important as why.” Two excellent posts that provide criteria for the when and why of disclosing any mental health condition.]
@ssanquist 10 Steps to Starting Your Self-Esteem File
[SEO: “Five years ago I walked into my therapist’s office feeling like a Krispy-Kreme doughnut: I had no center. Everything I attempted both professionally and personally flopped. I had no sense of self, no confidence, and no faith in myself. I found nothing of value in my DNA. So she assigned me a project that I have since called “The Self-Esteem File.” Here are 10 steps for starting your own.”
Each detailed step provided is a long term project, and can seem overwhelming to someone who needs help with self-esteem. But that’s kind of the point. It takes a lot of time and practice of healthy thinking and actions to grow self-esteem. There is no overnight fix. This post provides a very useful road map in getting there.]
@DailyTamara Separating Life Stress from Mental Health Relapse
[SEO: “Part of mental health self-care involves identifying potential triggers and avoiding them or, at the very least, preparing for the impact they may have on your life. Those of us who have a mental illness have a harder time adjusting to life changes: relationships, starting a new job or losing an existing one, changing locations, the loss of a loved one. It is ironic, but positive life changes can also have an adverse influence on mood. It’s hard to find balance among all of the different cards that life deals us, but it’s crucial to be able to distinguish circumstantial stress from signs and symptoms of relapse.”]