Who would have thought it ay? Instagram, and accounts than can improve your mental health? NEVER…
As a society these days, we spend a lot of time on Instagram comparing ourselves to others, or looking at accounts of people that have caused us pain, or reading things that harm our mental health.
Over the past few weeks, I have spent much less time on the Instagram because it hasn’t really been doing anything positive for me at the moment. Lots of people go through stages like this, and for me it is definitely based on where my head is at at the time. So, for the last few weeks, it hasn’t been great. I’ve just been muddling through, so I’ve been putting my phone down and sitting, watching TV and knitting to keep my hands busy and I feel better for it. I’ve seen a wee bit of improvement in my state of mind in general when I go to bed and haven’t been on my phone all night absorbing content that isn’t really for me.
This isn’t only Instagram… I have deleted my newspaper/magazine apps that are filled with garbage, removed myself from my flat development facebook group (because all they do is MOAN.. too much negative energy for me) and I’ve removed that feature on twitter that makes you see tweets that other people have liked because I found myself getting wound up far too much over basically nothing.
I decided this month that I’m no longer going to just follow accounts for the beautiful curated Instagram life. I’ve started following more and more accounts that actively seek to promote a healthy mind. I think it’s actually quite hard to say to yourself: “nope, it’s time to make sure my mind takes in the right kind of content for me, not what I think everyone else likes and therefore I should like”. We can’t help but follow trends, or follow people our friends follow. It feels like basic human nature to want to know what else is going on, so unfollowing accounts that don’t really do anything for me has been really hard, I’ve found myself searching for them anyway at points *oops*.
I first started following them a few years ago after a friend shared one of their articles and it appeared in my feed, and they instantly became one of my favourite accounts. They are dedicated to helping people affected by depression, and do so in lots of different ways. They write articles on all aspects of depression, things that will make you understand how your own mind works a bit better, they have resources for people to use, books, the buddy box and they are constantly championing and sharing other accounts that their audience would like and benefit from.
The Mind Geek
A qualified psychotherapist, The Mind Geek, aka Sarah shares mental health sticky note illustrations on her feed.
Sarah shares sticky notes of all sorts including daily reminders, to traits and signs of various mental health issues such as co-dependency, grief, gaslighting, and even signs of personal growth and support. These are now my favourite. Can’t deny. I feel like these little explanations, definitions and quips really help me to understand my behaviours.
Laura Jane Illustrations
Laura Jones’ illustrations are gorgeous. Laura’s illustrations and quotes are often filled with relatable feelings, reminders that it’s okay to feel how you feel, and tips about self-care. I’ve clearly got a thing for nice bright colours and pretty handwriting because these illustrations instantly make me feel a little better.
Crazy head comics
Crazy head comics is one of my favourite accounts too, apparently I’m saying this about all of the accounts, but it’s true! I love Matilda’s illustrations because they are pretty, and there is so much diversity across them, some of them are comic based illustrations, some of them are just beautiful illustrations with quotes and others are mind maps talking about her own experiences of anxiety, depression, therapy and so on.
Every now and again, i’ll save one of her illustrations and set it as my wallpaper just so I can remind myself of the quote or mantra.
Faith and Kerra’s Artsy Affirmations account is lovely. I love the colours they use, and their illustrations are just on point for me. They are simple, pretty, colourful and usually have some brilliant quotes.
Let me know in the comments what are your favourite online accounts are for helping with your mental health!