What a weird statement since I'm sitting here writing a blog post on social media right now... Double standard? Maybe. But I'd like to believe that there's a good and bad side to everything. Social media as well. And I'm trying my best to keep my social media a place where people only get positive vibes. This is hard since everybody reacts differently to things. My main focus is still to be a channel where people get inspired and get something a little bit different from most of the content that's on social media right now.
A thing I just can't wrap my head around is how there are endless Instagram accounts with millions of followers that are run by people that promote an unhealthy lifestyle including eating disorders. When I was very ill I followed lots of these and I got inspired to eat less and look more like these women. If someone will start an argument about the fact that some people simply are skinny due to their body type, I can cut you off right there - because whatever your "normal body type" is, you definitely promote an unhealthy anorectic lifestyle when you post your "dinner" that contains a banana and some watermelon. That's just a fact. And it makes me so incredibly sad to know that all these millions of young girls that are following these accounts, probably feel the same way as I did while I was following them. I suddenly felt like my (normal sized) dinner was disgusting and way too much.
I could write a book about all the ways that social media brainwashed me (and still do in some ways). And now it's easy to say "don't compare yourself to others" or "we all look different". But in that moment, when you hate your body and you're vulnerable in all possible ways, it's not the first thoughts to pop up in your head when you see skinny girls eating their fruit dinners.
As I've mentioned before I unfollowed all accounts with a negative vibe when I started recovering. It helped a lot. So here's my advice on some great accounts to follow if you want to feel HAPPY when you scroll Instagram:
Sonny Turner, Iskra, Fayme Elmén & Mia Skäringer