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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 January 15, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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