You jump on social media to catch up on the latest stuff happening. But the more you scroll through that inevitable feed it's like entering a rabbit hole of self or body-loathing.
Bikini bodies, fabulous vaycay's, milestones from that latest gym workout. Everyone is posting their best and most successful moments in life -- it's hard to get away from.
But three kinds of content might just help to turn that around and leave you feeling uplifted and good about your body instead.
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1. Self-Compassionate Quotes and Illustrations
Instagram has a whole bunch of accounts that aim to inspire you to treat yourself with more self-compassion. Brightly coloured, positive quotes, super cute relatable illustrations help raise awareness, offer support, destigmatise and much more. Sometimes a small reminder that you're not alone, that whatever you're going through is okay and common, is enough to brighten the day.
2. Representing Body Diversity
Unless you're an identical twin (and even so), there are no two bodies precisely the same. Instagram accounts that represent our immense diversity can go a long way to helping to support your body image too. Celebrate and sharing our array of different body shapes, sizes, origins, gender identities, and body functions shows how interesting we are as a human race and that we are all valid and #therisnowrongwaytohaveabody
3. Body Image Parody
Sometimes a little comic relief poking fun at the craziness out in the world when it comes to body image can lighten the mood and help realise the real and beautiful realities of our bodies.
But no matter what you see on Instagram, the same rule-of-thumb applies. If you don't feel good when viewing it -- shut it down, unfollow whatever works best in support of your positive body image!
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