At ReachOut , we are all about communities that keep it positive while also keeping it real. 100 Reasons to Recover, a tumblr dedicated to "bringing hope to those in recovery," does just that by posting daily reasons (there are now way more than 100!) to stick with recovery that come from the people who know best -- because they've been there.
Like the ReachOutHere Forums, the contributors to 100 Reasons to Recover deal with a wide range of issues, including eating disorders, self harm and anxiety. The common thread between them is their willingness to get through tough times and encourage others to do the same.
We spoke to Elisabeth, the 23 year-old creator of the blog, to find out more about how she got started and what she's learned form running a tumblr dedicated to recovery. Give it a read and feel free to post your reasons to recover in the ReachOut Forums!
ReachOut: What inspired you to start your tumblr?
100 Reasons To Recover: I had a few friends who were struggling, and they were on Tumblr reblogging things. The things they were reblogging were not the most positive items, but instead promoted reasons to continue engaging in harmful behaviors. This frustrated me. What my friends needed was positivity, but instead they were surrounded by these negative blogs. I conducted a search to see if there were, in fact, any sites promoting reasons for recovery, and there weren't any active sites. My frustration turned into anger. There were all of these people struggling, in need of encouragement, and yet nothing existed. Pro-ana and pro self-harm blogs were everywhere, but the opposite was so difficult to find. That's when I thought, 'Hey, I can create this. My friends do have reasons for their recovery, I have photoshop, I have the internet. I have the means to do this.' I started the blog that afternoon, with input from my friends, not thinking it would go anywhere. Clearly the message resonated though. A month later, we had 1,000 followers and three years later, we now have a community of over 13,000 followers. All of our reasons to recover are submitted by those who are in recovery, and it is the greatest honor for people to trust us with their stories.
ReachOut: Do you have any tips for someone who is struggling with recovery?
100 Reasons to Recover: Every Sunday, a member of our staff posts an encouraging message. Those can be found by visiting the Staff Says section of our page. We also collect recovery advice from our followers, through our Surveys. The most popular advice is that relapse will happen and is a part of recovery, that slipping up does not mean you are a failure. Take things a day at a time. Talk to people about what you are feeling - don't keep it inside. It has to be something you want to do for you. We encourage people to not go it alone, and to seek professional help if things are not getting better. Self love and self care is so important. Treat yourself kindly and do things for yourself. Recovery takes time and it is a process. It won't happen all at once, but it will be worth it in the end.
ReachOut: Can you describe your happy place (real or fictional)?
100 Resons to Recover: My happy place is the beach on a bright, sunny day. The sky is clear blue, the waves are rolling in nice and gentle. There is a slight breeze. There aren't a lot of people on the beach with me. The sea gulls are flying around. I've got my favorite book with me. My best friends are there too, a few yards away. We've got lots of food to eat and many things to do. Boogie boards, fishing poles; we are ready for a good time.
Thanks for reading and remember to post your reasons to recover in the forums!