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20 Creative Instagram Accounts To Follow

20 Creative Instagram Accounts To Follow

Instagram is a great social media platform to inspire creativity and publicly show off your talent. There are endless accounts for everything from dogs that play dress-up, to people who play with their food. The hardest part is sifting through all the millions of members to find something that draws your attention. Luckily, some of the work has been done for you here, with this round-up of twenty unique accounts that will have you clicking following in no time and might even inspire you to create your own account.

1. Rafael Mantesso

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    An account about a talented artist and his dog Jimmy Choo, who is often incorporates into the masterpieces.

    2. Junanto Herdiawan

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      One man chronicles his adventures throughout the world from his signature style: jumping in mid-air, thus giving him the appropriate nickname “the flying traveler.”

      3. Lucía Muñiz Fernández

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        A Spanish photographer who takes colorful ’60s-inspired fashion portraits.

        4. Payphones

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          Dan Marker-Moore captures the beauty of a no-longer used form of public communication.

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          5. Basma Amin

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            A Saudi Arabian illustrator who is known for drawing quirky cartoons.

            6. This Wild Idea

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              Theron Humphrey photos of his adventures in the great outdoors are enhanced by his dog Maddie being the star of the shot.

              7. Red (Hong Yi)

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                A collection of unique art mediums – though never with a paintbrush – this artist and architect revels in finding new ways to express herself through art. Some of her most recent tools include vegetables and flowers.

                8. Alexis Diaz

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                  A Puerto Rican muralist, her account is filled with larger-than-life masterpieces of mythical creatures, often rainbow-hued.

                  9. Darryll Jones

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                    A UK-based toy collector and photographer captures his toys in natural landscapes.

                    10. Ida Frosk

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                      Ida Skivenes, a Norweigan that is based in Berlin, loves to play with her food which always results in beautiful art.

                      11. Murad Osmann

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                        A photographer follows his stylish girlfriend Natalia Zakharova, all over the world and captures it all in his breathtaking photos from a unique perspective.

                        12. Emily Blincoe

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                          Austin-based photographer that has an affinity for color-coordination, landscape beauty and capturing colorful collections of things.

                          13. Harlow and Sage

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                            An account that captures the daring adventures and never boring daily routines of three dogs: Harlow, Indiana, and the newest addition to their family: Reese.

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                            14. Morten Nordstrøm

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                              Danish photographer with an eye for creating alternative universe-like photos from wandering the streets of his home in Copenhagen.

                              15. Humans of New York

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                                This popular account was started by NYC photographer Brandon Stanton, and provides a glimpse into the lives of the diverse individuals who call the Big Apple their home by sharing a photo a day and telling an accompanying story to the picture.

                                16. Miserable Men

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                                  A clever and hilarious account that captures men who have been dragged along to go shopping and are bored out of their mind.

                                  17. Dschwen LLC

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                                    This Minneapolis-based design company brightens up feeds with its carefully curated photos of its whimsical designs.

                                    18. Josh Hara

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                                      This account was created by a cartoonist who saw coffee cups as a blank canvas where he could bring to life his cartoons.

                                      19. Samantha Lee

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                                        This account was the solution to a mother trying to get her picky daughter to eat. It quickly grew into a huge success with its colorful scenes that are created every day.

                                        20. I Love Playmo

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                                          Was Playmobile a huge part of your childhood memories? This account was created when Maria Moysés brought her two passions together: Playmobile and photography; it is the perfect place to relive all of your playtime nostalgia.

                                          Hopefully this article has inspired your own creativity and encouraged you to create your own Instagram account (if you haven’t already). Are there any Instagram accounts that you think should be in this list? Tell us about them below!

                                          Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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                                          Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                          It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                          If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                          One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                          Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                          In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                          Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                          The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                          Stress

                                          If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                          Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                          We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                          While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                          Eating close to bedtime

                                          Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                          Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                          Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                          Medical conditions

                                          In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                          The vicious sleep cycle

                                          The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                          Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                          You get a bad night’s sleep
                                          –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                          –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                          –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                            You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                            How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                            To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                            1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                            What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                            Here are a few suggestions:

                                            • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                            • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                            • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                            • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                            • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                            2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                            What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                            • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                            • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                            • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                            • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                            3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                            Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                            Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                            Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                            Sleep better form now on

                                            Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                            I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                            As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                            Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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