For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term GIF…welcome to the club. As I understand it, and have seen them used, GIFs are simply moving pictures that are typically inserted into blogs in order to bring home a particularly important point.  **Side note** Can anyone actually tell me if it is pronounced with a hard “g,” or more like  a “j?” Either way, they’re everywhere.

I’d like to draw attention to the fact that social media gets a lot of flack with regards to its influence over already-vulnerable teens and adolescents. Yes, social media certainly can play a role in the development of an eating disorder like anorexia, but a. it’s certainly only a PIECE of the puzzle and b. social media can also be used in a really positive ways to help build self-esteem and stay connected to social circles.

As such, I created a blog highlighting some GIFs that could be helpful for anyone looking for motivation in their eating disorder recovery. Please delight in some of my favorites below.

“If you’re going through a dark period, remember that you are not alone.” -Demi Lovato

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“He’s very dreamy, but he is not the sun. You are.” -Cristina Yang (Grey’s Anatomy)

“I always thought, you know, it’s way more important to be funny or to be honest, than to look a certain way.” -Emma Stone

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“You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important.” – Abilene (The Help)

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“To me, you are perfect.” – (Love Actually)



Natalie Cohen is the Senior Marketing and Community Relations Associate as well as the Social Media Coordinator for Walden Behavioral Care.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Maine in Orono. Her favorite part of working at Walden is being able to act as an advocate for clients struggling with mental illnesses and interacting with other eating disorder professionals in the community. In her free time, Ms. Cohen enjoys practicing yoga, frequenting the beach and spending time with her dog, Bella.