Using social media as a platform for positive change

Hey everyone!

You may have noticed that it has been a couple of weeks since my last blog post. Well, I've been taking this time to think about new ways to use social media as a platform for positive change. One thing you should know about me (if you don't already) is that as a Professional Counselor, I find it important to advocate awareness and accurate information about mental health topics, such as: eating disorders, body image, and work-life balance. One way I've found that I can reach a lot of people easily is through social media websites - I've had a Twitter page for a while now (follow me at CFJCounseling) and I am happy to report that I now have a Pinterest profile, CFJ Counseling!

Why Pinterest?

So, in case your wondering, I decided to begin a Pinterest page with the hope of creating a "grassroots" style of change. I find social media websites, like Pinterest, to be a great avenue to share information and connect with others and they can also cultivate creativity and interests. However, social media outlets also have the ability to fuel negative thoughts and emotions - I find this especially true for those struggling with eating disorders, food-related issues, negative body image, and so on, as these sites inundate us with images (e.g.,"thinspiration" or "thinspo") that bring up these struggles. I applaud Pinterest, as they've made some positive changes with their site recently that address some of these issues, yet I think that more can be done to create a positive environment for others.

So, I told myself like I tell my clients - while you can be supportive of others' change, you can only, truly change you. So that's exactly what I'm doing by spreading positive images and accurate information with my Pinterest profile, CFJ Counseling. Please follow me and begin repinning to support positive change in others and yourself!  Below is a preview gallery of some pins I have so far. Happy pinning - please do so responsibly! 

-Chelsea

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