In moments such as these, a healthy distraction is one of our most valuable coping tools. Social media can serve as a self-care option, if we choose wisely.
Please know, that I’m not a huge fan of “list” posts and I don’t write many of them. (My favorite is likely this one.) These things are often so personal — and it is difficult to find a morsel that might apply to your specific life and times. However, I’m hoping this one will prove useful.
I’ve not mastered Instagram and I’m there mostly as an observer. (I occasionally throw out a random thought or photo.) However, I’ve discovered many talented people, comfortably sharing their unique visual perspective on just about every topic under the sun. Getting lost there helps me turn off the world for a time.
Here are 5 recommended accounts. I find each enriching in some way.
You can find me @marlagottschalkphd.
If you’d like, share your favorite account in comments.
1. New Yorker Cartoons / @newyorkercartoons
It is a joy to observe how a brilliant cartoonist can express a mood visually, with such clarity. All politics aside, the account also shares cartoons about work, family, and a deep love for the City of New York. If you enjoy a clever caption — you’ll appreciate how the chosen words can evoke a chuckle or a nod of agreement.
2. Fondation Monet / @fondationmonet
If you are a garden lover as I am — but have little access to the approaching springtime serenade — this account will likely fit the bill. The notion that Monet lived and worked there, only makes the discovery sweeter.
3. Morgan Harper Nichols / @morganhapernichols
If you enjoy messages of positivity that go a bit beyond the surface — this account might offer you food for thought. I enjoy how this artist addresses topics such as productivity, progress and comparison. Topics which we all struggle with from time to time.
4. Musee du Louvre / @museelouvre
If you are missing the Sunday museum experience, there are plenty of accounts that will help you pass the time. You might as well pick a far flung locale. I choose Paris. I choose Musee du Louvre. (I’ve never been.)
5. History / @History
It’s been quite some time since my last history class. I suppose it’s always the right time for a bit of a refresh. I’ve learned a thing or twenty, as well.
Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who focuses on empowering work through the development of a strong foundation. She is a charter member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Her thoughts on work life have appeared in various outlets including the Harvard Business Review, Talent Zoo, Forbes, Quartz and The Huffington Post.