Here are 15 Instagram accounts to follow for an uplifting scroll


It’s definitely no secret that Instagram, or social media in general can be a rather toxic space, often leaving you feeling drained after just a few taps or scrolls. Yet unfortunately- it remains something we can’t help but check every so often (or maybe more than every so often). It’s easy to fall into an unhealthy cycle.

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Sometimes we create our own toxicity by willingly exposing ourselves to things that make us feel bad, like checking if someone specific viewed your story yet or carefully stalking your ex’s new girlfriend’s profile so you don’t accidentally like her picture from 68 weeks ago. Totally not speaking from experience here- nope.  

We’ve created my own little version of a “social media cleanse” and believe following these accounts could make you feel good amidst all the chaos and YouTuber tea. It’s so refreshing to stumble upon a post that makes your day, or even just a few minutes of it, a little bit brighter. 10 out of 10 we would recommend.

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Here are 15 Instagram accounts to follow to make your time online more pleasant.

1. @myselflovesupply

This account is fantastic for reminding you to take a moment to honour your being and appreciate the present moment.

2. @sourcemessages

This one’s for all the spiritual sisters. This page provides

daily ‘source messages’ about universal laws and general

spiritually uplifting content. 

3. @werenotreallystrangers

This page focuses on the essence of human beings and

how we are connected in the most delightful and often

candid ways. We’re all dealing with something and trying

to love ourselves, this page serves as a gentle reminder

of this. 

4. @girlboss

From career advice, women empowerment and relatable memes, Girlboss is definitely worthy of your follow. Their content is truly inspiring and often features ambitious women making big moves in the world.

5. @projecturok

This page aims to break the mental illness stigma,

provides tips for anxiety and shares their followers’

empowering stories, reminding you that you’re never


6. @r29unbothered

For the millennial black women, this page celebrates

“beauty, strength and power in community.” 

7. @the.holistic.psychologist

On her account, Dr. Nicole LePera teaches you to heal and consciously create a new version of yourself.

8. @go_hustleza

This account is meant for all GirlBosses who want a little inspiration and a nudge to keep going in their business and 'best life' projects. There is also a site where you can access information and resources to help grow your side -or main hustle.

9. @gurlstalk

This page provides a safe platform for women to speak

openly, connect and share their experiences on different


10. @lisaoliveratherapy

This writer and therapist shares posts about “feelings,

growth, life and being human” and seems to hit the nail

on the head every single time.

11. @morganharpernichols

This young lady has the most charming way with words, leaving you feeling a sense of fulfilment with each post. 

12. @rainbowsalt  

If you seem to be really going through it emotionally or dealing with relationship troubles, this page helps you navigate your feelings and remember what you deserve. 

13. @humansofny

This page shares touching and fascinating stories from random everyday people, for those of you who love a good ol’ story.

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“I didn’t want to be around it. I didn’t want to hear the yelling, or the fighting. So I ran away from the badness. I spent my childhood at the houses of friends. I surrounded myself with people. And I became a social butterfly. Even when I moved to London ten years ago, I still kept my old friends around me. There were always so many people coming and going. But then we all turned thirty, and suddenly everyone was going—and not coming back again. Things began to fall apart for me. I lost my support network. I lost my job. I found myself in an abusive relationship-- just like my mother had been. I was so angry at myself for going through the same cycle. But I allowed it to happen, because he was the only thing keeping me from being completely alone. But one day I did it. I finally left him. For a moment I had no friends, no job, no place to live, and no relationship. I wanted to run back home. But I stayed in London. I stayed just to teach myself that I could be ok. I rented a room in a house full of strangers. I began doing things on my own. I went to a music festival by myself, and ended up meeting the best friends of my life. I stayed single for three good years. I taught myself what I want and what I deserve. Now I’ve got a great boyfriend who’s not insecure, who’s not jealous, who’s not controlling, who lets me be myself. And I’ve learned that I’m independent. Growing up I always thought of myself as independent. But it was just a thought. I never knew. But now I know.” (London, England)

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14. @chopracenter

This page focuses on mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. You will be inspired by the teachings of Dr Deepak Chopra if you chose to follow this account.

15. @subliming.jpg 

If you’re a sucker for bold colours, typography and words of encouragement, this aesthetically pleasing page is sure to be right up your alley. 

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And if what you need is fashion and beauty inspo,

we've got you covered!

Happy scrolling!

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