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6 of the Best Instagrams to Follow to Boost Your Self-Love

Use your mindless scrolling session to boost your confidence.

Do you often leave an Instagram scrolling session feeling bad about yourself? A few minutes of looking at Bella Hadid in a thong bikini/your healthy friend’s carb-free lunch/Kylie Jenner making being a mom look chilled AF will do that to you. Add some self-love to your feed by following people who post bodies in all their blemished glory, lovely words to uplift you and general encouragement to love yourself exactly as you are.

Here are 6 of our favourite confidence-boosting accounts to follow.

1 Sibliming.jpg

 

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The majority of inspirational quotes on Instagram for some reason are made to look like they were written on a typewriter and corny AF. There’s only so many times you can come across the quote, ‘If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best’ before it stops feeling inspiring. Subliming.jpg is perfect for those of us who love a bit of word-based motivation, but are millennials and like our things to look nice. Follow for daily reminders like, ‘Let go or be dragged’ and ‘Nothing changes if nothing changes’ in aesthetically pleasing pastels.

 

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2 Gurls Talk

 

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Gurls Talk was started by model Adwoa Aboah, who you will know as the face with the incredible freckles. The page is a place to see uplifting photos, drawings and words, especially for anyone struggling with the whole being a woman in this world thing. They regularly ask for submissions for writing, drawings or poems, so if you’re a creative person trying to get your messages of self-love out there or have a story you want to share, email them or tag your posts with #GurlTalk to try get featured.

 

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3 Recipes for Self Love

 

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Recipes for Self Love  began as a small zine in Cape Town and has blown up to become one of the most popular self-love Instagrams out there. The illustrations are refreshingly inclusive and feature simple but powerful statements. Follow for daily reminders that you are full of potential, encouragement to post your hot selfies and sex-positive content.

 

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4 Eff Your Beauty Standards

 

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Throw some realistic beauty standards in among all the highlighted nose tips and impossible waist-to-hip ratios. Eff Your Beauty Standards is run by Tess Holliday, the plus-sized model and champion of body positivity. Here you will find photos of women with disabilities, acne, stretch marks and anything that doesn’t conform to regular beauty standards – but is totally beautiful. Follow to remind yourself that beauty comes in a million different packages and deserves to be celebrated.

 

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5 Nourish and Eat

 

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Gina is a student of clinical mental health and uses her platform to share mental health tips and to help people ‘see the magic in them’. As someone who is in recovery for an eating disorder, she touches a lot on eating (and how great it is), healing and body positivity. She also regularly posts photos of how her tummy looks when sitting down, which doesn’t sound like a big deal, but really helps if you’re one of those people who struggles to make peace with their (totally normal) stomach rolls.

 

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Never did I think, before I started my recovery, that I could look at my body and see something beautiful. I spent so long hating it, punishing it, destroying it. And I’ll tell you — it’s not easy. It’s certainly not constant, either. There are days (sometimes weeks) when I don’t feel confident, when I regress, And there will be times like that in the future. It takes work. Choice, every day. It takes therapy sessions. Hard conversations with myself and with people I love. Educating myself and googling shit and knowing ITS OKAY when I don’t have the answers. Stepping back. Staying still. Standing up, getting up, moving forward. And you know what? Somehow, even though I didn’t think I could do it, I DID. I’m here. Living in recovery. In whatever state of being I’m in, I’m here. Seeing the way my body folds like gentle hands in conversation — patiently; respectfully; is my recovery win. Because I chose it. Even when I didn’t think it was an option, I chose it. #youcanchooseittoo #recovery #embracethesquish

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6 Mari Andrew

 

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Browsing through Mari Andrew‘s page will make you think she’s been reading your diary. The artist is so good at hitting the nail on the head with her cute illustrations and musings about how hard life can be and how to make it better. Follow her for sweet stories about love, funny titbits from her life and observations that will make you go, ‘OMG yes, I also always do that!’

 

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