Sunday link round up

For your convenience and reading pleasure: a round-up of all the articles that SwanWaters has shared this week.

Happy Sunday!

July 9 – July 15

Patrick Stewart: The Legacy of Domestic Violence—I’m a huge fan of Patrick Stewart. Not just because he plays one of my favourite characters ever in Star Trek: The Next Generation. But also because he’s a survivor of a traumatic childhood and has now turned his pain into something that helps people who need help escaping and rebuilding their lives after domestic violence.

The Unlovable Target of AbuseSelf esteem is really hard to maintain when in abusive relationship because you’re made to feel like you’re stupid, worthless, and don’t deserve better. But the truth is that you deserve love and respect. And you can build a life around these things even if it is one brick at a time.

All You Need Is Love—A little while ago, I was listening to The Beatles’s song of the same name, and it got me reflecting on the dynamics of healthy relationships. Read this piece to see a breakdown of my thoughts about it.

The 3 Requirements of All Healthy Friendships—Shasta Nelson is a female friendship advocate who has coined the term Frientimacy. I am all about strengthening the sisterhood, and if you want to read more about how you can do that, check this link out!

Dangerous Cult Leaders—This is a piece written by former FBI forensic psychologist Joe Navarro. It has 50 key traits of abusive/cultic religious leaders, and I SwanWaters team member Carrie Maya recommends it as a measuring stick for people who are concerned that they are in an unsafe religious/spiritual group.

Pint-Sized Healing Podcast (and other Free Resources)—This week’s episode is actually a bit of a rewind to the start of our podcast: Episode 1! This is about how abuse is about power more than anything else.


 

June 25 – July 1

Freemix digital collage creator—This resource is pretty cool. If you need a creative outlet for distraction or destressing, try this free and easy-to-use collage creator with a bunch of cut outs and effects for you to use!

Preparing Your Escape from Abuse (New FREE Healing Academy Module)—I’m very excited to have launched the latest SwanWaters Healing Academy module this week. It’s the perfect guide for you, or someone you may know, who is looking to make their exit from an abusive situation, but doesn’t know how.

What Doesn’t Kill You (Makes You Stronger)—Kelly Clarkson. Dancing in the street. Power anthem. Say no more.

Have a Bad Day Day—Yep. It’s a thing. You’re actually allowed to have a bad day. But sometimes it’s possible to turn bad days into simply bad moments.

The Unlovable Target of AbuseSelf esteem is really hard to maintain when in abusive relationship because you’re made to feel like you’re stupid, worthless, and don’t deserve better. But the truth is that you deserve love and respect. And you can build a life around these things even if it is one brick at a time.

RuPaul: What’s the Tee with Michelle Visage—Nothing, and I mean nothing, can stand between me and my true tee with my Ru. I LOVE this podcast nearly as much as I love my cat, and I just have to spread the love with you. You won’t regret listening to it!

Pint-Sized Healing Podcast (and other Free Resources)—This week’s episode is Part 2 of my discussion with private practice counsellor Bob Brotchie on how practising Mindfulness can help us on the healing journey.


 

June 25 – July 1

Have a Bad Day Day—Yep. It’s a thing. You’re actually allowed to have a bad day. But sometimes it’s possible to turn bad days into simply bad moments.

What PTSD Feels Like—June was PTSD Awareness Month and this great resource will help you understand what you (or someone you love) is going through. On top of that, it contains a FREE download of 10 Tips for Supporting Someone with PTSD!

Fight Song by Rachel Platten—Honestly, I wanted to share this simply because sometimes we need a good anthem to remind us not to give up!

The first ever SwanWaters Loungeroom Conference replay—This week was a milestone for us this week! I was joined by David Ayliffe of Cult Information and Family Support, and mental health social worker Liz Harbridge to discuss abuse and how to heal from it. Join our Facebook group to watch the replay!

Preparing Your Escape from Abuse (New FREE Healing Academy Module)—I’m very excited to have launched the latest SwanWaters Healing Academy module this week. It’s the perfect guide for you, or someone you may know, who is looking to make their exit from an abusive situation, but doesn’t know how.

33 Reasons Why I’m Not Crazy, You’re Just A D*ck—This is such a helpful list of examples of the ways we get made to feel crazy by our partners in abusive relationships.

Pint-Sized Healing Podcast (and other Free Resources)—In this week’s episode, private practice counsellor Bob Brotchie joins me to discuss how practising Mindfulness can help us on the healing journey.


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