The ongoing pandemic has taken a toll on our lives in so many ways, especially in terms of our mental health. It’s been reported that higher percentages of adult Americans have experienced symptoms of anxiety and depression in 2020 and 2021 than in years past. However, as vaccination rates rise and the US looks toward a summer that will certainly be an improvement from the last, it seems like we can finally take a breath and start to recover.
As we collectively navigate the new normal and start venturing past our doorsteps, it’s encouraging to know that mental health and self-help resources are more accessible than ever. Support is at our fingertips, with online therapy services like BetterHelp becoming more and more prevalent (the amount of podcast ads I hear about this service alone gives me hope for the normalization of discussing mental health). There also seems to be new wave of self-help influencers, doctors, and licensed therapists gaining popularity on social media. These accounts are wonderful if you’re looking for a quick boost or dose of positivity at any given moment. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites on Instagram that range from relationship experts to TED Talk masters.
Dr. Nicole LePera (@the.holistic.psychologist) is a psychologist and author who teaches, as it says in her bio, “how to heal + consciously create a new version of yourself.” She focuses on identifying and defining different types of trauma, and how to rebuild yourself mentally. With 3.7M followers on Instagram, she’s doing something right. Her posts are thoughtful, helpful, and informative. She breaks down larger concepts into bite sized nuggets of wisdom that include actionable steps on how to change your behavior or mindset.
Nedra Glover Tawwab (@nedratawwab) is a licensed therapist, author, and “boundaries expert” who helps people “create healthy relationships with themselves and others.” If you learn best through lists and bullet points, her page is for you. She gets straight to the point and lays out facts, advice, and words of encouragement. Posts like “Boundaries with Family Sound Like” and “7 Ways to Protect Your Energy” make putting her advice into practice that much easier.
3. Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins (@melrobbins) is an author and motivational speaker, most famous for her “5 Second Rule” TED Talk. She’s turned her social media into an extension of that talk, with vlogs, interviews, and videos on all things self-help. One thing that makes her stand out is her vulnerability and honesty. She often explores a topic that pertains to something that she is currently going through, and breaks down how she gets through those difficult moments.
Susan David (@susandavid_phd) is a Harvard Medical School psychologist, author, and TED speaker. David is an expert in “emotions, happiness, and achievement,” and her bestselling book, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life, tackles those topics. Her Instagram is a treasure trove of tips for unlocking your emotions and learning how to be kinder to yourself.
5. Lewis Howes
Lewis Howes (@lewishowes) is a former pro football player turned author, speaker, and podcast host in the self-help and mental health space. His podcast, “The School of Greatness,” features interviews with top thought leaders, including people like Susan David and Dr. Nicole LePera. His Instagram is full of insightful, inspiring clips from his interviews, and his own tips for improving your self-confidence and mental wellness.
6. Lisa Bilyeu
Lisa Bilyeu (@lisabilyeu) is an entrepreneurial success story as the co-founder of Quest Nutrition (yes, those protein bars you see at every grocery store). What makes her different, however, is the way she has used that success to create an uplifting online platform that’s all about personal growth. Both she and her husband, Tom Bilyeu, interview thought leaders, authors, and other professionals on their YouTube series, “Impact Theory.” Bilyeu also has a channel that focuses on female empowerment, called “Women of Impact.” If you need a quick dose of positivity though, I recommend taking a look at her Instagram page. She shares empowering messages on the daily.
The mental wellness space is constantly expanding, and it’s amazing to see so many positive voices rising to the top. These are just a few of the experts spreading their knowledge on social media, so I encourage you to do some of your own research and find what works best for you! Self-help is not one size fits all, which is why it’s great that all types of thought leaders, psychologists, and therapists are moving into mainstream culture. It’s never been more trendy to care about your mental health, and that is a bandwagon worth jumping on.