Wellbeing Wednesday: Instagram

We all love some feel-good, positive content – especially in times like these when our mental health and motivation may be not up to their usual standards. Introducing our new series, Wellbeing Wednesday, where we’ll dive into some of the best accounts and platforms to help keep your spirits up and connect with others who may be feeling the same. 

This week, we’re kicking it off with five Instagram accounts you should hit follow for (your feed is about to get a whole lot more inspiring – you can thank us later).

THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION OF NEW ZEALAND

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a great resource for mental health information. Featuring quotes, inspiration, activities and videos from of the country’s most famous faces. 

KETNIPZ

A fun little (if you can call a following of 1.5million ‘little’) account to take a look at. Fall down the rabbit hole of scrolling through cute drawings of ‘Bean’ and their daily adventures and struggles. You can read more about Bean and their creator/illustrator, Harry, here https://mashable.com/2018/02/08/harry-hambley-ketnipz-creator/

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When they ask me how I’ve bean doing

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WELL+GOOD

With the bio/mantra of “Decoding and demystifying what it means to live a well life, inside and out”, you know this is a good account to check out. This account covers wellbeing topics ranging from challenges to workouts, quotes, food and some general feel-good content.

THE PSYCHOLOGY MUM

Brought to you from clinical psychologist Dr Emma Hepburn, this colourful and insightful page features illustrations and diagrams about all sorts of mental health topics. It’s an incredibly relatable and clever way to understand your brain and your emotions. 

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Our brains like certainty and they naturally plan and prepare to create more certainty. Times of uncertainty naturally create anxiety, as there is lots we don’t know and lots we can’t plan or prepare as we just don’t know what’s happening next. And we can fill the gaps in knowledge with imagined futures, that are created by our worries. . We only have limited brain space and resources and at times of uncertainty our limited resources are best directed at what we can control. . At the same time, while it’s important to recognise how the uncertainty makes us feel, we can acknowledge this and let go, rather then being stuck on this. However somewhat ironically our Brain May be drawn to the things it can’t control as it attempts to create more certainty. Our brain may be naturally drawn to these things as it recognises risk and It feels like focusing on these things is helpful as it’s following its age old pattern of planning for uncertainty. Don’t blame it- it’s trying to help. But actually as there isn’t an answer it can arrive at, spending time in the futile search for certainty just gets us into more of a pickle and creates greater anxiety. . But you can recognise your brain is doing this acknowledge this train of thoughts and shift them to what you can do. . So what balloons can you control that are worth keeping hold of and you can focus your brain space and energy on? And what can you acknowledge and let go off? I’ll also put a blank template on stories if you want to complete this as an exercise.

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THE ROMANTIC REBELLE

The Romantic Rebelle is a relatively small but no less unfollow-worthy account to follow. Fill your feed with relatable memes and quotes to help you understand you’re not alone in feeling down. 

This article is not a replacement for professional help. If you or someone you know needs extra support, please contact/visit the links below or seek help from your GP : 

https://www.youthline.co.nz/
Free call 0800 376 633 or free text 234

https://depression.org.nz/
Free call 0800 111 757 or free text 4202

https://thelowdown.co.nz/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help