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20 Refreshing Instagram Accounts To Follow

20 Refreshing Instagram Accounts To Follow

Instagram can seem quite repetitive. And if you are feeling stuck, it’s not a very inspirational place to be, as numerous selfies and baby photos populate your feed. Here are 20 accounts that will take you out of your Instagram rut.

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1. misvincent

Melissa Vincent shows her dreamy version of Mississippi and nearby places through her stunning photos of flowers, wildlife and sunset panoramas. Her account is the perfect place to take a break from everyday routine and get lost in her beautiful photos.

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    2. elisabetherin

    Erin is a part-time teacher who has a knack for capturing the beauty of her Southern Oregon home. Her frequent photos of the moody coastline and sunlit forests are enough to make any visitor swoon.

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      3. jacnor

      Jacqueline is an artist who has an eye for capturing unique angles in the world around her. Mixed with her original, geometric art pieces, this is an account you will return to again and again when you are in need of a fresh dose of inspiration.

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        4. irenekly

        Irene’s clean photo aesthetic and penchant for brightening up her space with flowers and potted plants makes her photos instantly appealing. Her account is filled with simple, beautiful shots and is perfect for perusing after a long hard work day.

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          5. laurendavison

          Lauren’s account is appealing and soothing at the same time with its neutral color palate and beautiful composition. Whether she is capturing people or the rugged California coastline, it’s hard to draw your eyes away once you arrive at her page.

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            6. adrianasinke

            Adriana’s photos are filled with large open spaces, often of her home in Vancouver B.C. and her account is the perfect place to come to feel calm and collected.

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              7. able_ground

              Vanessa Knight’s feed is instantly grounding with its beautiful gems, including its richly-hue crystals. Her photos are the perfect break from all the other clutter that crowd your social media feeds.

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                8. yoga_girl

                Need to infuse a little zen to your hectic life? Yogi master Rachel Brathen’s soothing feed of her doing yoga poses in various locals around the world, is guaranteed to give you the perfect pause for your day.

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                  9. jimmymarble

                  Need some color in your life? Jimmy Marble’s feed is sure to calm any frazzled mind with vibrant pops of color from photos around his home of the City of Angles. Lots of blue skies and beach panoramas guaranteed.

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                    10. sheila_gim

                    Sheila Gim is a master at clean, simple photos that will make you want to browse her feed over and over again. Plus, she features her dog in quite of a few shots, gaining points with dog lovers everywhere.

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                      11. llruth

                      Laura Ruth’s artistic eye is reflective in her beautiful photographs, whether she is at home or on the road. Her snapshots of her daily life provide any weary soul a visual respite from any hardships of daily life.

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                        12. lilystockman

                        Painter Lily Stockman has a sharp eye for beautiful patterns and landscapes that is evident as you scroll through her feed and feel a sense of peace to your life as well.

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                          13. gemagenta

                          Lorena is a jeweler, whose feed is filled with stunning panoramas of her worldwide travels and her latest creations. If you need an escape, this is an ideal place to start.

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                            14. peachesandkeen

                            Artistic pair Lucy and Lily’s feed are filled with beautifully unique patterns created out of natural materials. Best part of all? Some of the prints are available for sale, so you can brighten up the walls of your own home with their whimsical art.

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                              15. leelacyd

                              Leela Cyd will give you a fresh view on life by letting you peek into her beautifully curated photographs of her meals and everyday scenes. Warning: do not view on an empty stomach.

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                                16. julieskitchen

                                If the last account did not get you drooling, Julie Lee’s food-centric account is bound to do the trick. This feed is perfect if you are looking for inspiration for your next meal or just inspiration in general.

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                                  17. sam_kalda

                                  Illustrator Sam Kalda’s feed is full of his quirky and always uplifting prints that will help any viewer get into a better head space. A bonus is that there are plenty of cat photos for feline enthusiasts.

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                                    18. gdax

                                    This account that belongs to a Tibetan Buddhist Monk, gives an insider view to what life is like in a monastery. Also, there are a lot of stunning outdoor shots that will cause any stress that built up from your day to instantly melt away.

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                                      19. hirozzzz

                                      Hiroaki Fukuda takes beautiful captures of his home in Tokyo, whether they are of the skyscrapers or the cherry blossoms, his feed is filled with dreamy photos that will have you feeling newly inspired.

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                                        20. mortenordstrom

                                        Morten Nordstrom has a keen eye for photographing his home city of Copenhagen and his feed serves as the perfect escape for armchair travel.

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                                          Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                                          13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                          13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                          Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                                          Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                                          Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                                          1. Stress Eating

                                          I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                                          While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                                          I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                                          If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                                          How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                                          2. Nail Biting

                                          Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                                          People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                                          Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                                          For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                                          3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                                          We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                                          Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                                          Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                                          4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                                          Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                                          While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                                          Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                                          Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                                          5. Smoking

                                          Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                                          In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                                          Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

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                                            6. Excessive Drinking

                                            All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                                            According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                                            • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                                            • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                                            • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                                            • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                                            • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                                            If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                                            If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                                            7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                                            Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                                            If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                                            A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                                            “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                                            And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                                            While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                                            Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                                            Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                                            8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                                            There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                                            In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                                            Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                                            Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                                            9. Watching Too Much TV

                                            I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                                            Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                                            Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                                            It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                                            10. Being Late

                                            Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                                            Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                                            Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                                            11. Being in Bad Relationships

                                            Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                                            I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                                            Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                                            12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                                            Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                                            Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                                            Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                                            By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                                            Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                                            13. Focusing on the Negatives

                                            In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                                            Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                                            Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                                            And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                                            Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                                            Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

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