I’m going to be honest: I personally hate the direction that social media — particularly TikTok — has taken in the last two years or so.
Today, “TikTokers” glorify mental illnesses through quirky 20 second videos, or “snackable” content that romanticizes conditions that people should be getting help for. ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders, OCD — these conditions are being profited off of, at the expense of others’ recoveries and wellbeing.
I never thought that it was okay to do that. Especially with anorexia recovery: glorifying or romanticizing the disease to make it catchy on social media: that can not only be incredibly triggering for ED-Warriors who are fighting for their recovery; but also highly toxic and harmful for those still trapped in the throes of the eating disorder. And seeing content that flirts with “edgy” too much can entrench them deeper and deeper into their eating disorder. And with the rampant “monkey see-monkey do” mentality that is TikTok…it has become a breeding ground for mental disorders.
So these TikTok videos about, “Eating what I used to eat when I was anorexic,” or “Things Ana Made Me Do” — frankly they just make me sick.
As I’ve been stewing in disgust over this recent trend…which has contributed to a meteoric rise in teens falsely diagnosing themselves with this or that, based on what they see on TikTok…I have been left with one resounding thought:
Recovery isn’t flashy.
Recovery isn’t achieved once during a mountain-top moment, and then forgotten about. But rather, it is earned day in, day out, during little moments that no-one sees except for you and God.
Anyone can shout from the rooftop that they’re doing XYZ…but recovery’s real work is done in the dark. Doing things that people can’t see. Doing things that are little, minute details, that build, brick-by-brick upon one another.
Recovery is choosing to eat the food that you “want” to eat, rather than choosing what the eating disorder dictates that you’d eat.
Recovery is having dessert after dinner.
Recovery is resisting the often-times overwhelming urge to partake in ED-behaviors, and using one of your coping skills instead.
Recovery is sharing your feelings instead of bottling them up.
Recovery is ditching the scale, and throwing away (or donating) your “measuring stick” jeans, because you are committed to getting well and never returning to that sick weight anymore.
Recovery is choosing to engage with your friends and be social, rather than isolating and hiding in self-loathing.
Recovery is actually going to your therapy, dietician and aftercare appointments, because you are committed to this new life, free from ED.
Recovery is taking a day off from the gym because you’re tired, or because you simply don’t feel like going.
Recovery is speaking gently to yourself in your mind, and not scrutinizing your body in the mirror, or doing “body checks” — however that manifests.
Recovery is surrendering your eating disorder — and everything that entails — to Jesus to redeem.
Recovery is small. Recovery is personal.
I’m in a place now, where these little things have become my second nature. That’s a hard concept to believe, thinking back to the scared, young girl at inpatient, but there will come a time when recovery isn’t scary anymore. There will come a time when you think about things other than food, and exercise, and meal plans, and fear about your body, and fear about gaining weight — there will come a time when that is all behind you. I’m living proof of that.
Recovery isn’t flashy. It’s not trendy. It’s not something that can be filtered or boiled down to a soundbite and amplified in a video that gets 10,000 likes.
Recovery is quiet. It’s you. It’s God. And though no one will recognize the Herculean efforts you are putting in day in, day out…it matters. I see you, Warrior.
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