Social media can be a bit of a mixed blessing when you’re ill. While it can help you feel more connected to the world when you’re stuck at home, before you know it you can find yourself checking various platforms constantly, which can be incredibly draining. When I noticed myself falling into this trap a few months ago I decided to re-evaluate – to think about what was enriching my life, and what was using up energy without a good return. For me Twitter was a definite drain, particularly around the time of the US elections. Having never been much of a Facebook user I had gradually started checking it more and more, but as a passive consumer and almost a compulsive thing, rather than using it to interact. Your analysis of pros and cons for the social media you use may come out differently, but these are the two I decided to drop cold turkey, and deleted the apps from my phone.
The one social media platform that I have stuck with has been Instagram. I know there is some controversy over the impact it can have on self-esteem, but I really like the visual aspect combined with the stories element and find it gives me input on all sorts of different levels. I did have a good old prune of the people I was following, partly to give me a more concise list so I wasn’t spending endless hours scrolling, but also to minimise food photos (I still follow some accounts that post food but far fewer, as they’re not so great when you have major nausea), get rid of brands that were basically just advertising (even if I loved their products), and in some cases people I didn’t know who were pregnant or had new babies and posted a lot about it (just a bit too hard when you’re coming to terms with losing your own fertility, although it wasn’t a blanket policy towards anyone with kids – ultimately you have to look after yourself and go with what works for you).
There are lots of accounts out there that I love, but I thought I’d share my current top 5 with you, each of which add a little bit to my life each day:
- Bodyposipanda is so full of light, love and positivity, I dare you not to fall in love with her. She’s on a mission to spread body positivity, which includes some beautifully joyful and liberating videos of her dancing in her underwear, alongside regular doses of common sense. Her mermaid hair has also given me ideas for wig goals.
- Inky.diary is a self-taught illustrator who posts the cutest little ink drawings of animals. Irresistible.
- Libertylndngirl is run by writer Sasha Wilkins. She is a former fashion editor turned blogger who posts delicious photos of flowers, food, London life, world travels and a very adorable miniature dachshund called Lettice. I also highly recommend her blog, which I have been reading for years. She posts on such a lovely variety of topics and has a beautiful clear and engaging writing style, it provides such a window onto the world and into a different life.
- Carolinehirons is quite simply the queen of beauty blogging. If you’re at all interested in skincare you need her blog in your life, and her Instagram is full of photos of her daily routines, mini reviews, and her two gorgeous kittens. She is intelligent, knowledgeable and tells it like it is.
- Bymariandrew is an American writer and illustrator who posts wonderful, thoughtful and thought-provoking drawings with concepts and captions that I frequently find resonate with me.
Which social media platforms enrich your life, and which do you find drain you? Who are your Instagram faves?