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 Notice: Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors will be on hiatus throughout the month of December. I’ll be taking the time to rest and recharge, and hopefully complete some lingering projects. I’ll still be available by email or on Twitter. Thanks so much for your support year-round!
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I am honored and humbled to have my Twitter feed included in this list of 50 Best Twitter Feeds for Psychology Majors! Go check out the other 49, broken out into these categories: News; Organizations; Patients; and Professionals.
@Mindful_Living “As we learn to drop down
from the busyness in our minds and into the now,
we can cultivate self-trust and self-reliance.”
~ The Now Effect
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@WisdomalaCarte “I sabotage myself for fear of what my bigness could do.” ~ Alanis Morissette
@DrAthenaStaik “To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” ~ Lao Tzu
@Tamavista “Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist only of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” ~ Amiel
@PsychDigest “Grateful people experience less envy, anger, resentment, regret, and other stress-related feelings. Today, be more grateful.”
@Mindful_Living “When you think about it, there is no other time than now.” ~ The Now Effect
@LillyAnn “Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.” ~ Alan Cohen
@HealthyPlace In-depth info on suicide includes US crisis hotlines and answers to many questions about suicide
[SEO: A great resource which ought to be bookmarked. “Comprehensive information about suicide. What to do if you’re feeling suicidal, how to help the suicidal person, why people kill themselves and more.”]
@thethirdsunrise Depression is Terrifying
[SEO: Written completely in a “you are there” voice, this post chronicles what the day to day experience of depression feels like, and how it alters perspective and perception. After being prescribed a new antidepressant, the description of coming out of depression over a number of weeks rings true. In fact, all of it rings true, and achingly honest. This would be a good post to give to a friend or family member who doesn’t get why you can’t just snap out of it.]
@LisaKiftTherapy 4 Ways to Build Emotional Resilience
[SEO: “If you don’t feel particularly resilient, know that you can deepen your sense of well-being and begin to build your own emotional resilience toolbox. The more you practice, the more you can literally change the way your brain is wired to facilitate a happier and more peaceful life. It can be developed in anyone.”]
@psychcentral 9 Ways to Have a Simpler but More Satisfying Holiday
[SEO: “Keeping things simple this holiday season can help you stave off stress and focus on what counts. Each person may have a different idea of what a simple holiday looks like, depending on your traditions, family life and financial situation. But we can probably all agree that a simple holiday is one with fewer obligations and headaches and more relaxation and joy.”]
@SarahEOlson2009 It’s Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…
[SEO: “It’s [perhaps] not the most wonderful time of the year if your partner has a mental illness. … While it can be challenging, and may mean making sacrifices and disappointing people, being deliberate about how you and your partner with mental illness approach the upcoming holiday season can make the difference between your partner staying stable versus needing serious interventions come January (if not right in the middle of the festivities–no one wants to be in the ER on Christmas, trust me!).”]
@zebraspolkadots When holidays aren’t happy for us…
[SEO: To a lot of people with mental illness, the holidays are more than just extra stressful. They can kick in painful memories, cause one to regress to about age five, and be left with the same empty holes long afterward. This post discusses the reasons why and how of not putting yourself in that position again. You can decide to not go. You can choose to not become enmeshed in old family dysfunction again. It’s very empowering once you conquer your fears about not going. From my own experience, it was also quite liberating, even though it meant I chose to be alone.
“I didn’t explain myself to them because that gave them power to again question my decisions and tell me something was wrong with me for not wanting to spend the holidays with them. And in the end they did that anyway – but I no longer felt the obligation to apologize and try to fix it.”]
@OneLifeTherapy Ever had trouble making decisions? How to stop arguing with yourself and make a decision.
[SEO: This post says making decisions should not be about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or adversarial thinking, based on Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats (which is fascinating in itself). Six different colored hats represent different aspects of decision making, and the challenge is that you only wear one hat at a time.
“How would it be to consult your inner hat-rack like this? To allow for a full exploration of one aspect of something at a time, and to really hear yourself out before the argumentation kicks-in to silence a thought mid-way? And then to explore another aspect. And another.”]