By Aislinn O Connor
Instagram, we all know it. We love to hate it and we hate to love it. With over 1 billion monthly active users, it’s easy to get caught up in a world where everything seems perfect. However, there are still Instagram accounts out there that won’t try sell you things or make everything seem flawless. These Instagrams are my top five picks that won’t make you feel bad about yourself, and I think you should all be following them in 2019 (in fact, you definitely should!).
Bode Burnout is an Australian artist who is taking over Instagram one satirical post at a time. Her account is that one you scroll through, show your friends and say, “so true”, no matter what mood or form you are in. Although Bode Burnout deals with issues that aren’t usually easy to talk about, she brings them to light in a humorous way that we are all able to relate to and share with others. If you’re having a bad day, need a bit of a pick up or just looking for a new fresh account, @bodburnout is the one to go to.
Clodagh Cahill is a mental health advocate and graphic designer from County Limerick. One of the quotes on her page says, “Use social media to show who you are and what you stand for,” and that’s exactly what she does. After losing her mother to suicide in 2017 and suffering from mental health issues herself, she has become a role model for people suffering from mental health issues and grief. Unlike other Instagram accounts, @clodaghcahill_ doesn’t use her account to promote products or herself, she uses it to promote mental health awareness and to end the stigma that is around taking medication.
As a nutritionist and health coach, Cory Rodriguez’s Instagram will actually make you feel better this year. His page is full of tips and tricks that anybody can follow in order to make you feel fresh and healthy. He doesn’t just talk about eating vegetables all the time as what you might think, but instead he posts about a range of things that we can all do in our everyday lives in order to feel better. If you’re looking to get healthy and fit this year or even to just feel better, @corylrodriguez is the page for you.
A couple of weeks ago when exams were on and most of us were panicking, a friend of mine recommended this page to me. A midst all the tears and frustration during exam period this page never failed to make me smile and feel good about myself. It is full of quotes, stories and little reminders to yourself. It exactly the kind of page we all need in 2019. But don’t worry, it won’t spam your Instagram feed with too much positivity, it posts just the right amount!
And finally, Cutest Animals of Instagram. Because who doesn’t love cute animals. Cute cats? Cute dogs? Cute pigs? This page has it all. When has a cute picture of an animal ever failed to make someone smile? It has a 100% success rate. However, I will say, the only problem with this page is that they don’t post enough. All I wish for 2019 is that all our Instagram feeds can be filled with more cute pictures of animals.