In the social media world of recovery there can be alot of positive things like finding out youre not alone, sharing thoughts with people who understand, not being judged and getting to know others in the same situation but some people also become great friends. There can also be a lot of motivation and inspiration to recover.
However, on the other side there is the people who tag pro ana, fat, iwantathighgap etc on their posts. They post triggering skinny pictures and self harm scars. They constantly write that they feel fat and are fat. No matter how many people tell them they aren't. They build a circle of followers all who seem to be pro ana, building this negative and de motivational group and all I want to do is hug them and tell them that they don't need to struggle - or not this way anyway. That being sick shouldn't be an option. Recovery is worth fighting for.... However it's not as easy as that to get someone to start recovering.
Yesterday however I came across one of the worst IG accounts I've seen - and ive seen many. An account which was reposting.people's recovery photos and calling them fat. Even ones where you see that the girls were dangerously underweight but they were trying to recover. How anyone could ever do this shocks me? To me, it's almost insanity to do such a thing. And to call someone fat in general isn't ok. (However, why fat is an insult and why it really shouldn't be is a whole different topic.) But to call someone who is recovering, fat.... well that can be the trigger to their down fall. This account however got lots of reports yesterday so hopefully it's shut down now, but I'm pretty sure it's not the only account in that style. And that makes me sad.
I know many in recovery seek for some sort of comfort and support. Not being alone and that is great but don't let yourself become dependant on this.... Yiu need to break free from the ED world and some point -I know you can question me and my blog, but that's a different story. I am not trying to get support or need reassurance that I'm not fat or that what I ate was ok. I no longer struggle from an ED either. This is a help site. But there are many sites out there that can do more damage than good, who drag you down in their negativity or you get addicted or dependant on social media and having to share your losses and goals. So just be careful online, think about if what you are doing/reading/seeing is helpful or harmful ;)
Stay away from triggering accounts and pages :)
And that even goes for my blog... if my blog is triggering, for your own sake don't read. If you find what I write or if i post certain things that give you anxiety then not reading can help you. ;) I all want YOU to get better!!! :) Im just here to help.