I don’t know about you but this lockdown has meant my average weekly screen time has gone up dramatically. Evenings that would have been spent at the pub with my friends, sipping a large glass of the house white wine, seem to have been replaced with sipping a large glass of any white wine whilst sat on the sofa scrolling. If this is ‘the new normal’ I want to make sure that my newsfeed has a positive impact on my day and brings me joy. The best way to do that? Think of your newsfeed as an art gallery curated by you, for you, to benefit you! Revolutionary ey!? Anyway, here are some feel-good-follows you might like to have a look at.
1. Dudette with a Sign – @dudettewithasign
You’ve heard of Dude with a Sign, but have you heard of Dudette with a Sign? Her simple and direct messages held up on cardboard say what we are all thinking.
2. Henry Fraser – @henryfraser0
After dislocating his neck in 2009, Henry Fraser became paralysed from the neck down yet he never let this hold him back. An unbelievably talented artist, he uses his mouth to hold the paintbrush and produces beautiful work for all to marvel at.
3. Bryony Gordon – @bryonygordon
Journalist, podcaster, runner and all round good human. Bryony Gordon openly talks about mental health and helps spread the message of body positivity by dancing in her bra & pants whilst not caring who’s watching. Her content is hashtag relatable.
4. Hip N Happy – @hip.n.happy
Mathilda is a Holistic Health & Life coach whose captions are genuinely like a mini therapy session to help you through your day. Whether it be a post about the importance of connecting with nature or the benefits of looking inwards, her page fills me with joy.
5. Celebs on Sandwiches – @celebsonsandwiches
Some might call this niche but it’s the content you never knew you needed.
6. Dogs in Food – @dogs_infood
More of the same…
7. Kanye Doing Things – kanyedoingthings
…and once again, niche content.
8. Charlie Mackesy – @charliemackesy
Author of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, his drawings give me hope and happiness. Captioned with beautiful calligraphy this account is a celebration of the small stuff that makes a big difference.
9. Katie Spak Art – @katiespakart
A recent discovery but a good one. The female form in all its glory – I would quite like all of her drawings up on my walls.
10. Brian Bilston – @brian_bilston
Some girls get excited about the 70% sale on boohoo.com. I get excited when Brian Bilston publishes a new poem. Always funny, always clever. This account is full of wit and wisdom and I really hope it brightens your day.
By Philippa Strahan