6 Instagram Accounts You Should Follow To Boost Your Mental Health This Year

They'll help you get through the year with a better mindset.

Kirsten Curtis |

Let’s be honest: social media can be a double edged sword. On the one hand it fosters greater connection between you and your mates, while allowing you to make to new ones. But if you’re not careful, studies have shown that spending too much time on the platforms can leave you feeling lonely and depressed.

According to a report by We Are Social, South Africans spend an average of 2 hours 48 minutes on social media a day. That’s 32 minutes more than the global average.

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And while we won’t tell you to give up social media as part of your New Year’s resolutions, it’s time you take stock of who you’re following on Instagram. Although it’s great to follow people who inspire you or who you look up to, you can easily fall into the trap of comparing your life to theirs. It’s this comparison which feeds into negative thoughts leading to an increased sense of loneliness and depression.

And if you already struggle with your mental health, your social media habit might not be doing you any good. But if you can’t step away from the screen consider following the below accounts. While some provide real practical tips if you struggle with a mental health disorder, others post content which remind us to step back and rest – a reminder we all need, if we don’t want to burnout.

1. @mindspace_counselling


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Zahraa Surtee is a psychological counsellor who uses her platform to help destigmatize mental health and provides practical reminders to take care of your own mental health. She often posts content which will help you change the way you think of yourself, and in turn could help boost your self-esteem. This year she has embarked on a ‘365 Days of Reflection to Help you Grow’ challenge. Each day the reflections ask you to take stock of different aspects of your life. Follow her, and do her daily reflections to improve your emotional well-being and end in a better mind space.

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2. @the_psychology_couch


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This is the Instagram account of private psychological practice The Couch. They constantly post advice on how to handle difficult situations, as well content that is reaffirming for when you’re having a tough day. The Couch is also working to destigmatize mental health and provides practical tips on what to do if you or a loved one have mental health issues.

3. @theselfspace


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Self Space is a contemporary mental health service based in Shoreditch, London. But their Instagram account is littered with daily affirmations and encouraging messages that will get you through the day if your mental health has taken a nosedive. Sometimes when we go through challenging moments we can be hard on ourselves. By following their account you’ll constantly be reminded of the different ways you can boost your mental health, like being kinder to yourself. Their content also validates the emotional struggles we all face on a daily basis.

4. @shrink.mama


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Children are particularly susceptible to developing mental health issues. If you don’t know how to deal with your child’s emotional struggles, Shrink Mama SA is a good account to follow. While she also posts content that will validate your mental health issues, her posts on how to handle your children’s negative self talk can be useful to you as a parent. Her affirming posts will help both you and your kids grow through the emotionally challenging times you face.

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5. @thementalwellnessshop


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Self-care was a big buzzword in 2019. It’s when people started realising that in order for them to not burn out or become overwhelmed by their emotions they needed to take a step back and do things for themselves. If you need a reminder about how to do that follow this account. Along with posting information about the different mental health disorders like depression, PTSD and anxiety, it also offers practical guides on how to take time for yourself without feeling guilty. It’s also a great reminder that self-care is more than just the material things you buy for yourself.

6. @world_record_egg

What started as an account to get more likes on a post than Kylie Jenner (who held the record at the time), soon turned into an account that posts content that reminds us to take a step back, to rest where we can and that reminds us that our feelings are valid. The accounts bio reads ‘The highs and lows of an anxious egg.” While most of the content is still about an egg, it presents and tackles the emotional pressures we all face in a humourous way. Follow this account if you need a laugh every now and then, while being reminded to take care of your mental health.

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