Image: @kawinI love Instagram. Meditation experts probably wouldn’t agree, but I think mindlessly scrolling through pictures is like a moving meditation. It’s a fun way to connect with friends too without having to read their novel-length Facebook post (you know those friends).
The bad side of Instagram
The bad thing about Instagram is that is can feed your eating disorder voice. For example, there are those “Fitsperation” accounts where people post photos of them at the gym, making their macro friendly meals, and chronicle their ab progress daily. You may not think looking at these posts effect you, but it could be effecting you in a very subtle, unconscious way.
It’s also hard to remember that people showcase their best selves on social media like Instagram. Instagram is like looking at the highlights of someone’s life. You rarely see these people post photos of themselves right after they’ve rolled out of bed, or in bad lighting, or after they’ve had a hard day.
Another thing I always forget about is that many of the photos I see on Instagram could have been Photoshopped in someway. I’m a pretty literal person, so if I see a picture online my first instinct is to believe it’s unaltered. That that’s exactly what that person looks like in real life. However, this is not the case. Just because I don’t alter my photos, I shouldn’t automatically assume other people don’t alter their pictures.
The good side of Instagram
After reading all that you probably think I’m going to tell you to stop using Instagram. That it’s feeding lies into your head and holding you back from recovery. Well, I’m not done yet. When you use it strategically, Instagram can actually be a positive thing in your life and your recovery. Here’s how to use Instagram to help you, not harm you.
First, you need to unfollow all the people you follow who post things like body progress photos and food with calorie counts. Anything that’s even a little bit triggering or rooted in diet culture needs to go. You need to be a little ruthless with this. It might even mean that you unfollow a few of your friends in real life.
If unfollowing your friends seems like too much for you to do, there’s a simple way around it. Just leave whatever account you’re using as it and simply make another one. You can begin using this new account instead and make sure to only follow accounts that support concepts like health at every size, body positivity, and food freedom.
There you have it…
Tada! Now Instagram can be a place filled with encouragement and inspiration for your journey to freedom. However…you may be wondering, “what accounts are body positive, inspiring, and will help me on my journey to recovery?” Don’t worry, I’ve got ya covered 😉
Here’s 10 of my favorite Instagram accounts
Of course, Recovery Warriors is my number one favorite. There are so many awesomely inspiring posts on this account. Try taking a screenshot of your favorite and making it your phone wallpaper to keep the inspiration going all day.
Brooke is a fellow warrior and dedicated contributor for the Recovery Warriors online magazine. Her account is filled with her real-life triumphs, recovery wins, spiritual inspiration, and adorable family photos.
Bethany is all about making peace with your food and body. Having successfully recovered from her own eating disorder, she knows what it feels like to be in a dark place. You’ll love her motivation and authentic voice as well as her aesthetically pleasing photos.
You’ll fall in love with the puuurfect combination of cute animal pictures and recovery inspiration on this account. So much cuteness.
Dr. Colleen Reichmann is another very talented contributor for Recovery Warriors. Truth filled quotes and messages of female empowerment are beautifully displayed on her account. The wisdom on this account is so inspiring.
I think of NEDA like a classic staple. Sort of like the little black dress. NEDA posts helpful and encouraging message as well as updates on their recovery resources and events.
Reasons is a great account for beautiful posts to inspire you. One of my favorites quote they’ve shared is,
There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in – Leonard Cohen
This account is the perfect place to go to for quotes related to intuitive eating. Some will make you ponder, while others will make you giggle. Overall, I know you’ll love this account.
The body positivity and health at every size are some of the leading messages of Healthy Is The New Skinny. While a lot of them are heartfelt, they’ve got a ton of silly posts that will just make you laugh too. Great mix of motivation and authenticity in this account.
This account is great to scroll through in those moments when you’re feeling down of like you just aren’t good enough. You’ll find quotes and pretty images here to help turn you’re frown upside down.
What are your favorite Instagram accounts? Let me know in the comments below.