Well, 2020 has been quite the year! Maybe it’s the socially distancing or the never-ending news cycle, but it’s NORMAL to feel drained. Staying creative and inspired during times of stress can be a challenge, which is why we love to surround ourselves with empowerment and motivation. Jazz up your Instagram feed with a dose of positivity, color, and self-love with our favorite inspiring Instagram accounts to follow.
Types of Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow
Just because we’re all quarantined doesn’t mean you can’t dream up a socially-distant soiree! From home table settings to flower arrangements, there’s never been a better time to get crafty and put your creativity to work. Whether you are hosting a Zoom birthday dinner or decorating the patio with vibrant pops of color, festive decor can help improve your mood and productivity level.
According to Lifehack, color and decor can play a huge role in your productivity and mood. Stimulating colors, flowers, and lighting can help your disposition instantly. We could all use a little boost of joy and motivation as we work from home, so make every corner of your home a reason to smile.
Jove Meyer, Slaack Productions and PartySlate have some of the most unique and fun party decor ideas to add to your inspiration board. Replicate a project with your COVID-19 quarantine pod or save it for a celebration in the future. For at-home inspiration and lively hostess tips, Ashley Smith, DIY blogger and founder of Sugar & Cloth, and Sam Ushiro, lifestyle blogger and founder of Aww Sam, will bring vivid color and charisma into your space. Check out these five fabulous event decorators and influencers:
Words of Wisdom
Words have power. If you think inspirational quotes are cliche, think again. Motivational psychology has helped shift people’s perspectives, behaviors, and moods.
“Humans are aspirational. We want to look up to role models and leaders and follow what they ask,” said media psychology expert, Scott Sobel, in an interview with Fast Company. “Leaders and their words–inspirational quotes–affect us on a primal level,” he continued.
While quotes by famed icons have carried on like age-old mantras over decades, Instagram is responsible for igniting a new generation of wordsmiths. Instagram poets and graphic artists gain tens of thousands of followers for their intricate way with words and design. In uncertain times, these accounts have only grown in size. Here are a few of our favorite inspiring Instagram accounts:
Positive Vibes Only
We know how it feels to get wrapped up in a negative news storm. With constant notifications and headlines pinging on our phones, it’s easy to fall down a rabbithole of bad news. Do yourself a favor and add some positivity to your feed. Thankfully, a slew of accounts have become havens for good news and motivational content.
From international updates highlighting good doers to feel-good video content, these five incredible creators will do you proud. Feel the encouragement flow through you with these five motivating accounts that will make you want to be a better person:
Let’s be real: therapy and self-care are no longer taboo, and they never should have been. The world is going through a global pandemic, a racial reckoning, an election, and climate change simultaneously. Being overwhelmed is the understatement of the year. While everything feels out of our control, it’s essential to focus on the little things we can do each day to make us feel purposeful and whole.
Self-care isn’t all sheet masks and scented candles (although we love those things, too). The practice of making time for yourself is a daily effort. Now more than ever, it’s vital to be present and give yourself grace in this unpredictable time. We have loved filling our feed with mental health heroes and advocates over the last few months as we learn to find joy in the little things. From professional therapists to online movements, the number of feel-good accounts on Instagram feels endless. Commit to your wellbeing and learn from these self-care accounts:
As a woman-owned company, we are always looking to the leaders and activists breaking the glass ceiling in their industries. We admire strong, brave, and vulnerable who aren’t afraid to make waves. This year, many voices—both new and old—have contributed to movements around the globe. From trailblazers in their industry to women using their story to inspire others, we are so lucky to have such incredible women who share their courage and tenacity with the world.
For starters, Houston’s very own Brene Brown has been a source of inspiration for many. As the queen of vulnerability, she uses her platform to share stories from the arena and what it’s like to lead with vulnerability and bravery. Outside of her podcast, she is also the author of a number of self-help books.
Chanel Miller, the remarkable author of “Know My Name,” exhibits the same virtues of openness and courage in her landmark memoir. Her Instagram is filled with her brilliant comics that will make you laugh and love all at once.
Outside of COVID-19, 2020 is undergoing a massive racial reckoning with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Elaine Welteroth, the former first Black editor of Teen Vogue, continues to pave the way for women in media as a role model. Both Rachel Cargle and Blair Imani, two Black educators, have used their platform to inform their followers on the importance of the movement while sharing tips on how to be a true ally to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
Do you have a favorite Instagram account that didn’t make the list? We want to hear it! Leave a comment or share it with us on our Instagram, @plannedwith.