No matter how faithful you are to your daily wellness routine, we all have bad days and moments when we’re not feeling terribly motivated. On days like that, it’s good to have some quick inspiration in the form of a cool idea, a powerful photo or inspirational thoughts from someone who is dealing with the same struggles you are and finding creative ways to overcome them. Instagram is packed with inspiring people sharing all kinds of creative concepts that can give you a burst of energy and positivity. Here are a few of our favorites broken out by category!
Reducing waste is a great way to feel better about yourself and few people have done more to produce less trash than Lauren Singer (@trashisfortossers) of New York City. You’ll find all the proof you need of Lauren’s dedication to her zero waste lifestyle on her feed (this post is four years’ worth of plastic from clothing, produce stickers and concert bracelets.)
Everything Lauren buys is either reusable, recyclable or compostable. Each week, Lauren shares helpful advice on how to cut down on waste – from how to make your own cleaning products to swapping out your old plastic toothbrush for one made of biodegradable bamboo. Lauren is helpful without being preachy and promotes sustainable products from her company with total transparency.
Personal Wellness and Self-Care
Magda Hjalmarsson (@balanceandbliss) is a functional medicine practitioner who offers some great advice on diet, skincare and the power of CBD to help you “get happy not high”. Magda’s posts range from blissful photos of the ocean to remind her followers to relax to stunning images of a papaya sliced in half along with interesting facts about its nutritional value.
Did you know that papaya is a great source of the resistant starch that feeds the good microbes in your gut? Follow Magda on Instagram and that’s just one of the interesting facts you can apply to your wellness routine.
With her favorite hashtag #greyhairdontcare and always positive attitude, 57-year old Char Blair (@art_of_healthy_aging) is proof that true beauty never gets old. Char describes herself as a “believer in ageless fabulosity” and we honestly can’t think of a better way to describe her feed.
As confident as she is, Char admits that wasn’t always the case. In her posts, she talks about how insecure she was in her twenties, especially when her hair started greying prematurely. It took years for her to embrace the change but in 2015 she stopped dying her hair altogether: “Going grey does not mean you are no longer vital or beautiful...it is just life happening. Beauty is an inside job and a simple shift in perspective can have you not only embracing your grey but actually impatient for it to all grow out already!” Following Char is a great reminder for men and women of any age that the greatest gift you can give yourself is being comfortable in your own skin.
Clean Eating and Living
Most people associate diets with making sacrifices. That’s especially true if you’re trying to go gluten-free, eliminate dairy or adopt the Paleo diet. If you’re trying to follow one of those diets or you simply want a steady stream of beautifully photographed ideas for tasty side dishes, baked goods, entrees and party favorites, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (@lexiscleankitchen) is a must follow. Lexi excels at creating decadent dishes that also happen to comply with today’s most popular diets.
It’s amazing what she can do with within the Whole 30 diet, an Instant Pot, and just 30 minutes! It’s one of dozens of easy-to-make beautifully photographed recipes that will inspire you to break out of your culinary comfort zone and try some new, healthy meals!
An effective wellness routine begins at home. If your home is disorganized or full of clutter, you may find yourself struggling to bring about the changes you’re looking for. That’s where the @homganize account comes in.
From before and after images of pantry makeovers to a video tutorial on how to fold the dreaded fitted sheet, Mary Ambaduna offers up practical, achievable advice on how to make your home more functional. Just scrolling through the images of perfectly folded clothes and organized sock drawers will make you breathe a little easier. Imagine how much better you’ll feel putting Mary’s ideas to work!
Fitness and Health
“I believe that fitness is not about the perfect body it's about getting your life together, overcoming fears, and building self-confidence.”
Real, honest and inspiring observations and advice like that is why Joanne Encarnacion (@gofitjo)has been named one of the top 20 new health and wellness role models by Arianna Huffington and Thrive Global. After becoming a mother at 21, Jo struggled with her self-image to that point of depression. In 2013 she made a commitment to change how she viewed food and exercise that helped her become happier, more energized and motivated to help others feel the same way.
What we like most about Jo is her willingness to share her struggles as well as her victories. She talks about the unfair judgments she’s received from having tattoos, the challenges she overcame in learning to love her own body and the difficulties of juggling work and family. We’re so impressed with Jo, we’ve partnered with her to talk about Curaleaf Hemp products in the past and we hope she inspires you as much as she’s inspired us!