Perfection is not real: Instagram shares tips on #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

In line with #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, Instagram shared 18 posts on the platform from creators and experts who deal with the connection between social media and mental health. The contributions address a variety of important topics – from comparing with others to one’s own body image to self-love and self-acceptance. We have put together a selection of the tips for you below. You can find the full list here.

Your likes don’t determine your worth

The musician @jessiamusic reminds that likes, comments and followers can never define a person and his or her worth. Instead, focus on authentic interpersonal relationships and self-love.

8 reasons to unfollow accounts on social media

In her article, the therapist Nedra Glover Tawwab shares eight good reasons not to follow people on Instagram or other social media – for example, if their content has a negative impact on one’s self-confidence.

Do not compare yourself to others because you are unique

The Creator @ Donte.Colley speaks on the account of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention about comparison with others and the appreciation of one’s own uniqueness.

Set limits

Creator @pinkmantaray explains which tools can help set limits on Instagram and protect your own mental health.

Connection instead of Engagement

The artist @ohhappydani gives tips in her post on how social media users can establish a real, positive connection with one another.

Be kind to your body

The psychologist Phillippa Diedrichs discusses the subject of self-confidence, body image and social media in a 30-minute conversation with the singer Stacey Solomon.

Self-acceptance takes time

Actress Kusha Kapila talks about self-love and why it can take time to accept yourself on the @weareyuvaa account.

We also spoke to an influencer about the pressure that social media can put on us. In the interview, she explains how she deals with it and reveals what happens behind the scenes of Instagram’s fictitious world.

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