Instagram help: How to make your feed beneficial for your mental health

I think we can all admit that we spend way too much time on social media, albeit Tik Tok, YouTube or Instagram, we’re constantly scrolling through our feeds being fed information we may or may not even want to see. 

Especially during these challenging times, it’s so important to keep our feeds a positive, happy place. These are just a few ways to keep make sure your Instagram feed is benefitting your mental health and a positive place to have your head buried in. Here are a few necessary steps you can take to make your feeds the most beneficial they can be. 

  1. Follow people that make you feel good.

We’re all so different and I think it’s so important to remember that. Following people similar to you can really help boost your confidence on days we’re doubting ourselves, because we all do it from time to time. We should never be looking through our feeds wishing we were this and that, the sooner we accept ourselves for who we are, the happier we will be, even though it’s definitely easier said than done.

2. Positive pages.

Everyone loves to stumble across a positive quote every now and then, but making the conscious decision to have them purposely on your feed is such a good idea. You never know when you might need that little boost, so having three or four positive quote pages to follow is so beneficial for your feed as you never know when you’ll need that little pick me up. 

3. Don’t be scared of the mute button.

Instagram has recently introduced a mute feature which means you can stop certain pages from showing up on your feed. Sometimes you don’t want to go as far as completely unfollowing them, so using the mute feature puts your mind at ease knowing you don’t have to see anything you don’t want to anymore. You’re in control of what you see on your feed, so don’t be afraid to do something about it if there’s something that’s affecting you negatively.

4. Don’t take it too seriously.

We only show the best possible versions of ourselves on social media, so don’t be fooled if you see something you could compare yourself negatively to. Whether that’s your friend looking like they’re ahead on work, a fitness goal being shared on a story or even as simple as someone out looking like they’re having a good time. Truth is, we’ll never know what’s fully going on behind the screen. 

At the end of the day, Instagram is just an app on your phone, you’re in control of what you see on your feeds and hopefully, it should be nothing but positivity that we’re seeing on a daily basis.

Written by Holly Houghton