There’s no doubt that most of us are glued to our phones most of the day. But, if you’re managing your time on social media, you unfollow toxic people and take the occasional digital detox, social media can be a great tool to use. When you edit your social media to protect your mental health, you’re left with many self-care influencers that feed you inspiration, affirmations, and give you a push whenever you feel down.
At GR8NESS, we’re all about community. Therefore, we spend a good amount of our days looking at different Instagram feeds to make sure we’re following the influencers that make us push ourselves and work on ourselves. Here’s our GR8 list of self-care influencers you need to follow in 2020. And for further exploration of self-care, visit our 101 self-care guide.
1. Nati Valderrama (@nativalderrama)
Nati is a wellness coach sharing self-care tips from Santiago, Chile. Her feed is all about vulnerability, being real, and practicing a 360 approach to wellness. So, whether she’s trying out a new yoga pose, watering her plants, or discovering a new location, you can count on Nati to keep it real.
2. Joanne Encarnacion (@gofitjo)
We all know there’s no one single definition for self-care, Joanne understands that. Her mission? Help women redefine what wellness means to them by focusing on their heart, mind, and soul. However, don’t expect for Jo to tell you how to get there, she’s all about the personal journey, so you get to discover self-care on your terms.
3. Dr. Christopher Motley (@doctormotley)
Part of self-care also involves taking care of your health. Many would say that’s the root of self-care. Dr. Christopher Motley makes it his mission to spread the importance of practical medicine and other alternative options. Follow his feed for a complete look into self-care touching subjects from exercise to PTSD and brain training.
4. Gina Gomez & Kristy Fountain (@modern.enneagram)
Do you know your enneagram? This lady duo is determined to help others understand their enneagram and how it affects every aspect of their life. Their goal is to help you become more self-aware while also learning how to be more mindful and compassionate. To us, that’s the pure definition of self-care.
5. Frances Cannon (@frances_cannon)
Sometimes we don’t need perfectly edited photos or the sight of a breathtaking destination. Sometimes, all we need is an illustration that shares what we feel plain and simple. That’s why you should follow Frances. Her beautiful feed is filled with inspirational illustrations and drawings that express struggles with mental health and the journey of self-care in a candid and real way.
6. Alexandra Elle (@alex_elle)
Self-care doesn’t need to feel like work or involve elaborate Friday night plans. Sometimes, all you need is a simple quote that hits all the right notes. Alexandra shares thoughtful and meaningful quotes that reflect on real-life struggles we sometimes can’t wrap our words around.
7. Andi Gladstone (@doseofcalm)
Listen, we already live in a hectic world out there. Your social media feed doesn’t need to add more clutter to it. Andi Gladstone gives you a daily dose of beautifully curated images that reflect nothing but calmness. Posting from Boston, Massachusetts, Andi shares a bit of inspiration with each image – a calmness poem if you will.
8. Alex Ikonn (@alexikonn)
Self-care and self-development are sometimes interchangeable as you need one to succeed in the other. Alex Ikonn is your productivity guru, founder of a journal method that many people follow. His feed is a real look into his life as an entrepreneur, his role as a family man, and his journey navigating the self-care waters.
9. Lili Hayim (@thewellnecessities)
If you’re genuinely ready to embark on a self-care journey, you must face the reality of loving your body – flaws and all. Lily Hayim wants to help you get there. Through her posts, she invites people to develop self-trust while also cultivating slowly but steadily a real sense of self-worth.
10. Jeanette Ogden (@shutthekaleup)
As a mom, your views towards self-care are likely to change, Jeanette gets that. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up and show me the real-mom-life, then this account is for you. Focusing on wellness, real food, and starting a movement, Jeanette is all about finding the new definition of self-care as a mom and wife.
11. Janie Medley (@medleystyle)
Sometimes self-care can be something as easy as wearing an outfit that makes you feel GR8. Through fashion and style, Janie shows her followers the importance of self-love. Living life at its fullest in her 60s, Jani is an inspiration for women everywhere.
12. Lorraine Cladish (@lorrainecladish)
Self-care changes as we age, there’s no doubt about it. After a scary life challenge, Lorraine decided it was time to take control of her wellness on her terms. Follow her for a wild and transparent ride to self-care after 50.
13. Angelique Miles (@angeliquemiles)
For a complete look into self-care that includes travel, skincare, fitness, and beauty, then count on Angelique Miles to share the truth. Her feed is filled with inspiration and motivation to reach your GR8EST self, whatever that looks like right now.
14. Jessica Clemons (@askdrjess)
A significant aspect of self-care that most people don’t talk about is mental health. Jessica Clemons wants to take it a step further. Focusing on shedding some light on the racism surrounding mental health and self-care, Jessica wants to raise awareness around mental health in the African American community. She also offers medical advice on various issues ranging from wellness to mental health ones.
15. Lalah Delia (@lalahdelia)
When you’re new to this self-discovery journey, self-care can be intimidating, to say the least. Follow Lalah Delia for a complete approach to self-care that shows you the way to living a more meaningful life. Her feed is all about wellness education and spiritual poems to feed the soul.
16. Brené Brown (@brenebrown)
This list wouldn’t be complete without self-development sensation, Brené Brown. Her motivational speeches and stories are moving a generation. Dare to lead is one of her latest programs showing people how to step into a leadership role, not only in the workplace but in their lives.
17. Christine Hassler (@christinehassler)
Here’s your self-care reality check. Christine Hassler is done with your excuses and wants to push you into the GR8EST version of yourself you can be. Follow her for real-life advice and that motivational factor that will make you go from neglecting self-care to becoming the ultimate guru.
18. Deepak Chopra (@deepakchopra)
Make room in your feed for the most prominent self-care guru out there. Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned alternative-medicine advocate, who’s sole purpose is helping you find the balance so you can heal and transform from within. Follow for wellness advice, meditation, affirmations, and everything around alternative medicine.
19. Lori Harder (@loriharder)
Are you aware of what’s holding you back? Lori wants to help you find what that might be and break through the barriers. Her feed is all about getting rid of limiting beliefs, transforming your life, and saying goodbye to toxic relationships. Follow her for a reality check and a potential path to self-care.
20. Geraldine Orentas (@geralorentas)
Alright, I couldn’t miss the chance to add myself to this list. While I’m short of being an influencer, many would say I’m a micro-influencer, so that counts too. My feed is all about my self-care journey through skincare and fitness. Follow me for what’s working and what’s not, the occasional motivational post, and a look into my life as someone who’s newly discovering her glowing complexion after years of struggling with acne.
Alright GR8NESS friends, there you have it. That’s our first take on this list. But it won’t stop there. Our goal is to keep updating this list to make sure we include every possible self-care influencer out there. To help us make that a reality, we need your help, so let us know who you think should be added to this list using our form below.