How many hours do you spend in front of your phone? How much time do you spend scrolling? How do you feel after you’ve been on social media and put your phone away? How and why do you post pictures of your private spaces? These are all crucial questions we should ask ourselves before opening the app that has made comparing yourself to others so easy. Social Media only shows a fraction of an entire life, and yet, it makes us believe we see the whole pictures. It draws us into an illusionary world too easily if we’re not careful enough. Using social media needs a personal filter: what kind of content do I let into my life? What kind of content will I block? What is content of kindness, towards myself, towards others and towards the environment we’re surrounded with?
Social Media & Information on Mental Health
Frankly, social media has helped me get access to a lot of educational content; it has helped me to access information about mental health I would probably only have gotten to know in therapy. Going to therapy is a privilege – social media can help to break barriers and make crucial information available to more people.
I continue to learn from accounts that address neo-colonial structures, patriarchy, feminism. I continue to learn from influencers who actively break the illusion and don’t portray an image far from reality. I continue to learn from psychologists sharing their knowledge. It truly has helped me to reflect, to grow, and to heal.
Mental health, for a long time, had been a taboo topic to me. When I noticed I wasn’t feeling well and experienced a burn out, I started looking for more information. There was much I had to heal! Suddenly, many of my thought patterns, my actions, and my decisions, made sense to me. They could be explained, and I got a set of tools to start the inner work. Step by step, I started to break the vicious circle, freeing myself from harmful habits the outer environment had imposed on me, getting closer and closer to my intuition and authentic self.
A list of accounts I follow on Instagram
Here is a (growing) list of accounts I follow, accounts that don’t make me feel bad telling me what I still have to improve, as is so often the case … no, these accounts are empowering.
Menstruation / Feminism / Gender
@scheiderevoltee / @sravya_attaluri / @thecatcallcollective / @girlandhermoon / @funk / @aenne.official / @fighttoxicmasculinity / @fuck__patriarchy / @socialperiod / @einhorn.berlin / @einhorn.period / @ffemmex
Women / Divine Feminine / Spirituality
@mujeres_luna_sagrada / @girlandhermoon / @animamundiherbals / @cocorrina.co / @moonomens /
Neo-Colonialism / Racism
@tiplerteachers / @nowhitesaviours / @berfin.marx / @rachel.cargle /@tupoka.o / @saymyname_bpb /
@dariadaria / @marienasemann / @mogliofficial
Conscious Relationships / Psychology / Well-Being
@createthelove / @thesexdoctor / @mantalks / @wetheurban / @yung_pueblo / @tobemagnetic / @howdoyouadult / @almost.mag / @jennfunkbrokenopen / @the.holistic.psychologist / @dr.marielbuque / @conscious.parents /
In a world that doesn’t prioritize mental health, it falls on us, as community, to learn and grow together. Once you open a door, don’t close it, hold it open for others to follow. Be kind, to your body, to your mind, to others, to the planet. Live in kindness & in love. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and don’t expect healing to take place in a day. It can’t be scheduled! Healing takes time and is something that will be with you all your life. Sharing your journey with people of your inner circle is a beautiful act of connection and kindness. Let’s talk more about mental health, and heal, individually & collectively.
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