If there’s one thing that can really affect your mood, it’s social media. You know the feeling when you’ve had a long day, only to log onto Facebook and get overwhelmed by what you see. Everything is bad all at the same time. Whether it’s an article about the upcoming election, personal statuses that you don’t agree with or news reports about world tragedies, it’s easy to get into a bad mood from the online negativity.
But social media doesn’t need to add to your stress! If your timeline is filled to the brim with posts you can’t deal with at the moment, we recommend going to Instagram. In addition to being photo-based (no debates over Facebook statuses here!), Instagram has many accounts that will cheer you up pretty much instantly. If you like using social media to decompress and relax, we’d recommend following these accounts ASAP:
Cats are weird creatures in general, but this Instagram takes it to a whole new level. @cashcats features felines that are literally rolling wads of money. Not only is it funny, but having cute kitties on your feed will help calm you down through a stressful day.
If you haven’t heard of Rupi Kaur yet, you’ll know her soon. A modern poet and artist, she uses her experiences as a woman of color to evoke gorgeous art, as demonstrated in her book Milk and Honey. Seriously, she gets us in, like, four words. Her Instagram features both her poetry and her photography, which can be very soothing if you’ve had a bad day.
Hellooooo childhood. Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang has their own Instagram account, and it’s the perfect combination of funny and sweet. Usually the pictures feature one scene or thought bubble, but sometimes they post four-panel comics as well. @snoopygrams also includes cute little messages that are perfect to tag your friends and family in the comments.
If clutter stresses you out, then this Instagram will be the perfect inspo for you to clean out your desk. This @apartmenttherapy account features photos of well-decorated dream apartments. Even though there are a variety of styles and aesthetics featured, the apartments are all so clean and organized, so your stress level will be down in no time.
Looking for more direct motivation? @levoleague has you covered. A community of young professionals run this account. Their goal? To make you smile with daily motivation and clean photos.
Animal accounts are the best. Foodie accounts are the best. One woman combined them both with the CUTEST DOG I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. Popeye was rescued by his owner a few years ago. She has since discovered that he has better control around food than most humans do, so she began the most adorable foodie account in existence. I’m not even exaggerating a bit when I say I could go through this account for hours.
Tried all of the above and still feel terrible? Join the rest of us and follow @textsfromyourexistentialist, who combines art with texts that ponder the meaning (or lack thereof) of life. Submitting to an oppressive reality has never been this modern before.
Because why wouldn’t you be following us? We post everything from food to memes (the funny ones, I promise) to everything else college women care about.