Do the people you follow on Instagram ever make you feel bad about your life? Do you ever notice that you feel a bit insecure after scrolling through your Instagram feed? If so, you are not alone my friends. Studies show that most of us feel worse after we check social media. We think we are following people who motivate or inspire us, but most of the posts we see actually mess with our confidence.
See, the truth is many images and posts on Instagram are altered, sponsored or are there to evoke insecurity (when you feel insecure your more likely to buy stuff, and for many people followers =$$$). Instead of filling your feed, and your mind, with negative vibes follow some of my favorite people who are inspiring, motivating and real. These ladies turn my day around with their positive energy and awesome Instagram feeds.
Give Yourself Real Instagram Motivation
If you find that you’re in a crummy mood, do yourself a huge favor and be mindful of the images you see. Think that yoga chick hasn’t cropped her photo or used a filter to make her whole body look emaciated? Maybe she has, maybe she hasn’t. Either way, it’s putting an image in your mind that will make you feel bad about yourself, not motivated. Images that bring about insecurity aren’t motivating. No research study ever has shown that feeling crappy will make you inspired. Ha, hardly! They all say that positive language and images help you, so get off that girl’s feed, okay?
Look I do it too sometimes, that celeb who likely has her assistant post, ya I follow her too. But lately I’ve been so over the bullsh*t that I’ve been filling my feed with REAL people, who inspire me and motivate me. I hope you add some more positive vibes to your day too so here are my some of my favorite females to follow on Instagram.
Seven Fabulous Females to Follow on Instagram
1. Deganit Nuur: @nuurvana
Just look at Deganit’s awesome Instagram profile: Nuurvana Spiritual Healing Center ? ✨NYC & Global ✨ Clairvoyant ✨Acupuncturist ✨Herbalist✨NuIT *Telecourse in Telepathy* Founder ✨HuffPost blogger. Amazing right?! Add some spirituality and self-love to your feed when you follow her. Deganit is the founder of Nuurvana in NYC, spiritual healer and well-known acupuncturist. She posts the most divine and empowering things that somehow are exactly what I need in the moment. Learn to release your emotional pain through her Mediation Nation tools and her online course, Awaken Academy.
2. Mandy Hale: @thesinglewoman
I started following Mandy’s Twitter feed many years ago, after a brutal breakup. Her candid and honest words helped me more than I ever thought social media could. Now, a New York Times Bestselling Author,she also has a new book out called Beautiful Uncertainty. Her Instagram is full of reality checks and tips for loving yourself no matter what your relationship status is. Her Instagram handle The Single Woman is the straight-talk you need when your dealing with an ex or doubting yourself.
3. Karen Salmansohn: @notsalmon
Salmansohn is amazing. Known for creating a new breed of books “self help for people who would never be caught dead reading self help.” Journalists call Salmansohn “Deepak Chopra Meets Carrie Bradshaw” because of how she merges empowering psychology/philosophy tips with edgy humor and stylish graphics. I love all her social media feeds. Honestly, her beautiful pictures and inspirational quotes are worth sharing. She’s not preachy, nor is she selling anything, she just promotes happiness and reality. Her humor and authenticity will make you want to subscribe to all of her feeds and look at her books.
4. Elena Brower: @elenabrower
Elena’s feed is filled with light and love. These beautiful posts will help you practice the art of attention, love and gratitude to positively transform your life. Even though I don’t practice yoga as much as I’d like, I find her messages and images so powerful. As the founder Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence and the Art of Attention, Elena teaches you the importance of meditation and yoga in a fulfilled life. Her feed isn’t throwing yoga in your face though. She talks about her life and practical ways she gets grounded, motivated and zen.
5. Jennifer Pastiloff: @jenpastiloff
Jen’s personal account and @girlpoweryouareenough are super empowering. Jen has developed a huge following as a “truth-teller.” She doesn’t hide behind a false frame or filters, she expresses her feelings, history with depression and emotions like a friend would. Her mission is to show you that you are enough, and her feed reflects that. She created The Manifestation Station and gives workshops and talks all over the world. Do yourself a favor and follow her. You won’t be disappointed.
6. Emily Aubé: @emilyaube13 & @AnxietyFreeCommunity
I found Emily’s account through the hashtag #AnxietyFree. I was searching for more self-help and empowering mental health advocates to inspire me. She has created a community based on her own struggles with Anxiety and mental health struggles. How freaking cool is that? Her genuine and honest advice and posts are sure to help you feel calmer and connected to someone who gets it. In her Anxiety Free Community, Emily helps adults and teens deal with their anxiety, heal and learn as well as educates and assists with mental health recovery.
7. Jaime Gleicher: @jaime_the_therapist Jaime is the therapist we all wish we could have. I’m lucky enough to call her a close friend too! Her feed is just like her: caring, unique and amazzzz! Her Instagram is filled with cool and inspirational quotes, pictures to make you smile and advice on how to love the skin you’re in. She is an advocate for mental health awareness and a licenced social worker. Not only is Jaime an inspirational Instagrammer, she is a Yogi, SoulCycle inthusist, adoptive mom of three dogs and a cat, and is on the board of several non-profit organizations including Animal Haven. Need a cute puppy picture to make you smile or a quote on why today YOU matter? Follow this girl.
So use your Instagram to inspire and motivate yourself, and don’t let it drain your confidence. We have enough things out there that make us insecure, so start making your Instagram positive and motivational. You never know who you could be inspiring.
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is The Guidance Girl. Her goal is to help YOU become the most confident person you know! Emily is an award-winning author Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, Educational Speaker, and parenting consultant. She travels around the country educating girls, women, and parents. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.