The Cult of Positivity: 5 Feel-Good Accounts You Need To Follow

Instagram has long held a reputation for being the ultimate tool for comparison and self-loathing. In a sea of selfies, and celebrities promoting appetite suppressants (sorry Kardashian-fans – it was a shitty move, don’t try to defend it), we can be left feeling overwhelmed, and begin to undervalue ourselves. But change is coming to our feeds and coming fast. In the era of self-love!! and you do you!!  the world of social media is finally opening its eyes to the value of supporting over shaming. So, look no further for your new Insta squad – meet the accounts aiming to help you celebrate your own skin.

The No Wrong Way Movement

Changing the world, and your Instagram feed, with the reminder that there is #nowrongway to be a woman, over 17,000 people can confirm that their daily doses of inspo – for all body types – can do a world of good.

Jameela Jamil and #IWeigh

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❤️ #letabitchlive

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Jameela has been a favourite of teenage girls since her T4 days, but none of us could have seen her becoming one of the most outspoken body acceptance activists on – and off – our screens? From her Say No To Airbrushing Campaign (check out her recent Virgin Atlantic cover shoot for all her un-edited glory), to her game-changing secondary account, I Weigh, which encourages women to see past the kg and focus on what they really mean. With 44,000 followers of its own, follow it for beautiful womxn celebrating diversity, achievement, relationships and intellect and proving that we are SO much more than what the sales say.

Halle

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🌞🌺Issa vibe 4 the Summer🔥 Today is #WorldEatingDisorderDay so, to everyone with an eating disorder who has gone through any kind of treatment and is now "in recovery": you have done a hell of a lot of hard work and I'm proud of you. Just because you're "in recovery" does not mean you're not allowed to have disordered thoughts or urges to have behaviors, etc. Recovery is different for everyone, and maybe for you that means 100% behavior free forever, but I think for a lot of us, being completely abstinent from any and all ED thoughts, behaviors, etc. is almost impossible–so don't judge yourself. I've been out of partial hospital for 4 years now and I still have urges to have behaviors. I still fall down the rabbit hole of diet culture and wanting to be thinner than I am. I still have bad body image days, weeks… It's not a failure. We were born with a mental disorder that has controlled our brains and bodies for years, being in recovery for any amount of time is a HUGE success. · And to anyone with an eating disorder of any kind, at any stage (active, recovery, un-treated, relapsed, etc.) YOU ARE A WARRIOR. YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE. I see you, I hear you, I support you, I love you. · I know it's fucking hard every single damn day of your life. Sometimes I think about what it would be like to eat food without any emotional ties. To go through a whole day without thinking about my body. To live free of body dysmorphia… · I am here to raise awareness about eating disorders, to let you know that recovery IS possible, that life in recovery is still hard and still challenging and still a battle, but it's worth it. You don't have to hate your body, but you also don't have to love it all the time. Being human is hard, but it's also beautiful. And I want you to understand and know your power and importance in this world. · Don't give up. Don't give in. You CAN do hard things. We CAN do hard things. So far you've made it through 100% of your hardest days, don't stop now. · ❤️ #eatingdisorderrecovery #selflove #prorecovery #itme

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In her recovery from an eating disorder, Halle has made it her mission to get people to celebrate themselves and their bodies in all their natural beauty. Expect honest captions, empowering sentiments and the pure joy of the body.

All Woman Project

Their aim to “better the life of girls and women worldwide by displaying a true, beautiful, positive and unretouched image of women” makes following AWP a no-brainer. From collaborating with some of the biggest brands in the world (hey Nike and Aerie) to taking the fight for representation to the streets with their irl focus and community events, they’re a force to be reckoned with, and a must-follow.

Lucy Sheridan aka The Comparison Coach

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One of the keys to a #comparisonfree life is being able to receive. Being open to people, things, gifts, friendly gestures, introductions and favours, acts of good will⭐️❤️⭐️ But it used to make me squirm because I falsely believed if I accepted that hand up or support that I’d somehow be indebted to that person and they’d have a hold over me😬. Or another false downside was that I didn’t want to put anyone out or take up space😟. No wonder my life felt devoid of magic and flow – I kept blocking it by not being in receiving mode🤗. The way I look at it, the bigger the bowl you hold out to your life, the more and better gifts it will pour in for you🌊🌊🌊. But if you offer out the equivalent of an old yoghurt pot, well, you’ll get that in return🥣. So let’s consciously learn how to receive, rather than thinking ‘if you do this for me then I owe you’. That way we all vibrate higher and open up to even more possibilities! 💥🌟✨💥🌟✨Make this Monday magic! Love Lucy xxx here’s me posing really naturally to drive home the point 😹😹😹

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Whilst not strictly a #bodyposi influencer, Lucy’s motto is “be less them and more you”, a little reminder we could all do with from time to time. Over 22k people follow Sheridan for her positive insights, reminders to own who we are and expert advice on ditching comparison in order to live a happier life. (Plus, I have been lucky enough to meet her IRL and can confirm: she’s as much a ray of sunshine in person as online)

 

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