Feeling Blue? Follow These Emotionally Affirming Instagrams To Bolster Your Mental Health
STORY: Diane Lam
28 July 2020
If you've ever been stuck in an Instagram doom scroll, then you'll know how depressed and unfulfilled you can feel afterward. So it should come as no surprise that "Instagram therapists", self-care, and emotionally affirming posts have been on the rise. While these aren't a subtitutue for professional help, they can bolster your mental wellbeing if you lack the time or finances to go see a therapist.
At the very least, they'll provide some relief from the chaotic news cycle.
Here are some of our favourites:
Feeling overhwhelmed? Psychology Today's Instagram account provides practical insights into human behaviour, distilling coping mechanisms into bite-sized listicles.
They've also posted a ton of content about dealing with difficult people. Whether you're feeling bogged down by self-destructive friends and family members, or you're struggling to set boundaries with a partner, psych_today will equip you with the tools to tackle interpersonal conflicts head-on.
Therapist and boundaries expert Nedra Glover Tawwab specialises in helping people create healthy relationships, both with themselves and with others. Follow this account if you struggle with saying no to others, and yes to yourself.
Therapist Alyssa Marie Mancao (lovingly) calls out your unhelpful thought patterns when others won't.
And charts like this one give us a better handle on how to interact with others (and how to identify problematic communication styles).
This account full of beautifully staged affirmations has helped us get out of bed on more than one occasion.
And it's also reminded us to not give up when we've had a bad mental health day.
Entrepreneur Steven Bartlett has been posting a series of motivational listicles, and we are LIVING for it.
Self-improvement and self-love packaged in pastel. We feel calmer already.
Need some mantras? This account full of positive tweets and quotes might just ra-ra you out of your sadness, one post at a time.
Feeling glum? These cute, motivational drawings will put a smile on your face.
Run by two brothers, one a counsellor and the other a depression recoverer, The Depression Project was created to stop the stigma around mental illness and to empower those who are struggling with them.
When you're feeling frustrated with your child, kids, or other family members, don't scream at them - instead, head over to The Gottman Institute for a research-based approach to dealing with relationships.
It's often difficult to understand what we're feeling and why, which makes it even harder to deal with our emotions instead of lashing out or pushing them away. This account uses simple illustrations and charts to help you make mental health less of a mystery.
If you find yourself struggling with depression and anxiety during this period, here are some helplines you can call.