Hello, lovely warriors! I hope your holiday season is going well, and if you are not on break or it’s not the holidays for you yet, I hope your week is going amazing! I have another post in my cautious recovery series and if you want to see the other ones you can find them here.
So, todays post is something extremely important, and something I still struggle with to this day. That being said, it is something easy to start down the track of if you are being intentional. Like everything else in recovery you have to be intentional about anything you do and see. It is so important to take every aspect of your life into consideration when you are recovering from an eating disorder.
I believe that social media has so much to do with our recovering being smooth or rocky. If you are not careful when it comes to what you see and hear on social media, then your recovery will either be much easier, or filled with trials and hardships that could be avoided. So, I am going to encourage you to take everything I say in this post to heart and try your best, RIGHT NOW, to do what I am asking you.
1. Go through who and what you follow.
On every social media you have. EVERY. Go through and thoroughly examine every person and account you follow. Everything that is influencing you and your ED. Even if some of those accounts are people you know and are friends with. It is so difficult, I know.
But, please, this will make your recovery much easier. You need to go through every social media, instagram (especially), twitter, Pinterest (which is more difficult, but possible), Facebook, Tumblr, etc. Go through all your social medias and find which accounts are helping or hurting your recovery.
And if you can’t decide ask someone. It is okay to ask for help. But, I knew deep inside which accounts were feeding into my ED and most likely you do too.
2. Unfollow, unfollow, unfollow.
This is the hard step, but its oh so easy. All you have to do is click. Just press unfollow. Thats all, sounds easy right?
Ha, sure. But you have to make the effort. Unfollow one by one the accounts that you KNOW are not helping. The accounts about dieting, or food, or anything that triggers you. It may not be intentional on the accounts part, but if it’s hurting you, you can unfollow.
You are responsible for your recovery and you are allowed to take precautions and unfollow people. It could be famous people, workout accounts, inappropriate accounts, anything that triggers you or encourages your ED.
3. Replace with new, inspirational accounts.
This is the fun step! Find new accounts. Find what you are interested in, find people that inspire you and your passions. Find accounts that encourage your healthy self to get better and to recover.
For me, I found accounts that encouraged me spiritual and people who I wanted to strive to be more like. I found accounts that encouraged HAES (health at every size). Some of my favorite accounts are:
Jess and Gabriel (youtube)
Girl defined (youtube, blog, instagram)
@followtheintuition (Instagram, youtube)
@recoverywarriors (Instagram, podcast)
Jenn Brett (youtube, instagram)
Find people that help you. That make you think about the amazingness of recovering! People who inspire you and who start a fire in you for your passions.