How to create a social media newsfeed that makes you feel good (about yourself)

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Many social media users feel dissatisfied, frustrated and low after scrolling their newsfeed. Given that a) we strive to present our best possible self on social media (e.g. by highlighting strengths and concealing weaknesses, by routinely editing our profile pics,…), and b) we tend to compare ourselves against others on social media, this does not really come as a surprise from a research point of view. If we try and measure up with idealised – often rather unrealistic or even fake – content, we may end up feeling interior, insufficient and unworthy, which is a very logical human reaction.
And although there seems to be a tendency amongst social media users to ubiquitously present themselves with a smile on their face (indicating a successful, happy life); a lot of us are enrolled in groups, where concerns, doubts, sorrows, and obsessions are shared that might over sooner or longer reinforce our own self-critical thoughts. 

One way out can be to reduce our overall social media usage and/or to take offline days. But this might be hard for someone who is used to routinely checking their newsfeed for a couple of times a day – and very understandably so. Therefore, I would like to draw out some ways to make your social media newsfeed a more positive and inspiring place. Because the good news is that we can, to a large degree, manage and control what we see on our newsfeed. Mindful exposure toward content that makes us feel good then can contribute to us feeling positively after scrolling our newsfeed.

And if we have the choice, why not expose ourselves to the good stuff?

Before we get on with creating a positive newsfeed, you might want to try and „detox“ your social media newsfeed from content that makes you feel negatively. 

First things first: See less of what makes you feel negatively

Reflect: What and who make me feel negatively when scrolling my newsfeed? 

Adjust your settings: Try and reduce this content, by either consciously unfollowing people/pages/groups or by editing your settings as shown in the  Facebook and Instagram screenshots below:

 


How can I edit my settings?
To access your settings, simply click on the three dots in the top right corner of a post. Facebook then allows you to see fewer posts like the one you selected, to snooze someone for 30 days or to stop seeing posts from this person at all. Instagram – to date – does not offer a snooze function, but you can unfollow someone anytime.


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Next step: See more of what makes you feel positively


Once you’ve reduced a bit of content from your newsfeed that makes you feel negatively, you can move on and deliberately add contents that make you feel good! 

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Below are some suggestions of people and groups that I personally follow. I have tried to include a good mixture of individuals and groups with a focus on (body) positivity, mental and physical health, mindfulness, self-love, self-acceptance, and general life satisfaction. Most of them (if not all?) have faced and successfully overcome their own issues (e.g. mental health issues) in the past and aim to inspire their followers to live a well-balanced and self-accepting life that focuses on happiness and health rather than dieting, calorie-counting, self-restrictive and self-controlling behaviour, obsessive exercising, and self-loathe.

Megan Jayne Crabbe 
(Body Positivity Activist, Author)


Copyright: @bodyposipanda

 

Instagram:

@bodyposipanda

Facebook:

@bodyposipanda

Website:

http://www.bodyposipanda.com

   

Turia Pitt
(Athlete, Speaker, Author)

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Copyright: @turiapitt

 

Instagram:

@turiapitt

Facebook:

@turia.pitt

Website:

http://www.turiapitt.com

   

Zach Miko
(Designer, Actor)


Copyright: @zachmiko

 

Instagram:

@zachmiko 

Facebook:

Zach Miko Facebook Account

   

Tess Holliday
(Plus-size Model, Blogger)

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Copyright: @tessholliday

 

Instagram:

@tessholliday

@effyourbeautystandards

Facebook: 

@tesshollidayofficial

   

Taryn Brumfitt
(Founder of the Body Image Movement)


Copyright: @bodyimagemovement

 

Instagram:

@bodyimagemovement

Facebook:

@bodyimagemovement

Website:

http://www.bodyimagemovement.com

 

   

Renee Engeln
(Psychology professor, Speaker, Body Image Researcher, Author)


Copyright: Renee Engeln

 

Instagram:

@beauty_sick

Facebook:

@beautysick

Website:

http://www.beautysick.com

   

Lord Troy
(Artist)

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Copyright: @lordtroy

 

Instagram:

@lordtroy

   

Michelle Elman
(Life Coach, Speaker, Author, Body Positivity Activist)

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Copyright: @scarrednotscared

 

Instagram:

@scarrednotscared

Facebook:

@scarrednotscared

Website:

http://www.michelleelman.com

   

Jessica Smith
(Speaker, Author, Mentor, Paralympian Swimmer)

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Copyright: @jessicasmith27

 

Instagram:

@jessicasmith27

Facebook:

@jessicasmith27

Website:

http://www.jessicasmith.com.au

   

Jes Baker
(Body Positivity Activist, Author)

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Copyright: @themilitantbaker

 

Instagram:

@themilitantbaker

Facebook:

@themilitantbaker

Website:

http://www.themilitantbaker.com

   

Ryan Sheldon
(Founder of „confessions of a binge eater“, Advocate for Body Acceptance & Self Acceptance)

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Copyright: @realryansheldon

 

Instagram:

@realryansheldon

   

Jess
(Blogger, Speaker)


Copyright: @thefatfunnyone

 

Instagram:

@thefatfunnyone

Facebook:

@thefatfunnyone

Website:

http://www.thefatfunnyone.com

   

Matt Joseph Diaz
(Body Positivity Advocate, Writer, Speaker)

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Copyright: @mattjosephdiaz

 

Instagram:

@mattjosephdiaz

Facebook:

@mattjosephdiaz

   

Virgie Tovar 
(Author, Podcast speaker)

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Copyright: @virgietovar

 

Instagram:

@virgietovar 

Facebook:

@virgietovar

Website:

https://www.virgietovar.com

   

Celeste Barber
(Actress, Comedian, Writer)

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Copyright: @celestebarber

 

Instagram:

@celestebarber

Facebook:

@officialcelestebarber

Website:

http://www.celestebarber.com

   

Joe
(Yoga Instructor)

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Copyright: Joe_lizzzzzz-yoga

 

Instagram:

@joe_lizzzzzz_yoga

   

Dana Falsetti
(Yoga instructor)


Copyright: @practicewithdana

 

Instagram:

@practicewithdana 

Facebook:

@practicewithdana

Website:

http://www.studio.danafalsetti.com

   

Jessamyn Stanley (Author, Podcast Speaker, Body Positivity and Health Advocate)


Copyright: @mynameisjessamyn

 

Instagram:

@mynameisjessamyn

Facebook:

@mynameisjessamyn

Website:

http://www.jessamynstanley.com

   

Kristina Bruce
(Body Trust Provider & Integrated Life Coach)

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Copyright: @kristinabruce_coach

 

Instagram:

@kristinabruce_coach

Facebook:

@kristinabrucecoach

Website:

http://www.kristinabruce.com

   

Amanda J. Bos
(Food Freedom Coach)

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Copyright: @food_freedom_coach

 

Instagram:

@food_freedom_coach

Facebook:

@AmandaBosFoodFreedomCoach

Website:

http://www.amandabosfoodfreedomcoach.com.au

   

Christy Harrison
(Author, Podcast Speaker)

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Copyright: @chr1styharrison

 

Instagram:

@chr1styharrison

Website:

http://www.christyharrison.com

   

Jennifer Rollin
(Eating Disorder Therapist, Founder of the Eating Disorder Center)

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Copyright: @jennifer_rollin

 

Instagram:

@jennifer_rollin

Facebook:

Jennifer Rollin Facebook Account

Website:

http://www.theatingdisordercenter.com

   

Nina Mills 
(Intuitive Eating Counsellor)

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Copyright: @feelgoodeating

 

Instagram:

@feelgoodeating

Website: 

http://www.feelgoodeating.com.au

   

Amberli Hartwell
(Self-Empowerment Expert, Body Image Advocate, Author)

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Copyright: Amberli Hartwell (Facebook account)

 

Facebook (Group):

„how to make a dream come true“ group 

Website:

http://www.amberlihartwell.com

   

Vie Portland
(Body Image and Self-Esteem Coach)

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Copyright: @vienesscic

 

Instagram:

@vienesscic

Facebook:

@vienesscic

Website:

http://www.vieness.co.uk

   

Gillian Goerzen
(Super You Health and Fitness Coach, Body Positive Fitness Advocate, Author)

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Copyright:@gilliangoerzen

 

Instagram:

@gilliangoerzen

Facebook:

@superyoufit

Website:

http://www.superyou.ca

   

The Every Man Project

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Copyright: @theeverymanproject

 

Instagram:

@theeverymanproject

Facebook: 

@theeverymanprojectmovement

Website:

http://www.theeverymanproject.com

   

The Moderation Movement

Screenshot 2020-09-04 at 16.43.20

 

Instagram:

@themoderationmovement

Facebook:

@moderationmovement

Websites:

http://www.healthybalancefitness.com.auwww.lovewhatyoueat.com.au

http://www.lovewhatyoueat.com.au

   

„we are body diversity“ page

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Copyright: @bodydiversity

 

Instagram:

@bodydiversity

   

„the body is not an apology“ page

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Copyright: @thebodyisnotanapology

 

Instagram:

@thebodyisnotanapology

Facebook:

  @thebodyisnotanapology

    

Nutriri 
(Self Nurture Movement)

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Copyright: @nutriri_org

 

Instagram:

@nutriri_org

Facebook:

@nutririhappy

Website:

http://www.nutriri.org 

   

I have also put together a list of books, links, videos and podcasts here.

Finally, I know that these are just a few suggestions out of many (thanks to all the amazing individuals out there who try and make our life a little bit better); I still do hope that you will find this post somewhat helpful.

If you have anything for me to add, please feel free to leave a comment below or message me directly (body-of-love@web.de). I will be happy to update this list as regularly as my busy PhD-student-Mummy-life allows me to. Thank you and much love x

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