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If Instagram makes you feel bad, you're following the wrong accounts.

You know the feeling.

You’re nursing a slight hangover, it’s been a big year of work, you need a bikini wax, a facial and 14 more hours sleep. You’re scrolling through your Instagram feed and all you can see are limbs, washboard abs and flawless tanned skin.

Missing my sister from another mister and the beach ???????????? @victoriassecret

A photo posted by Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandices) on

If the pending new year has you vowing to quit Instagram… 

STOP RIGHT THERE.

It might just be that you’re following the wrong people.   Women no longer need to flip through a glossy magazine and see Miranda Kerr’s genetic perfection to feel bad about themselves. Low self-esteem is now just a scroll away.

  Thanks for kicking my butt today Justin @modelfitbyjustingelband   A photo posted by Miranda (@mirandakerr) on

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Studies show that these images set unachievable standards that are getting us down. The more time we spend on social media, the more we compare, the worse we feel about ourselves.   So, make like Mia Freedman does.  If the Instagram bikini babes make you feel shit, unfollow them. Babes, be gone. The Mamamia Outloud podcast asked for your top female ‘grammers with something to say, and you came through. So why not follow some of these wonderful women instead? We promise they wont trade legs for likes.  

Lisa Wilkinson  @lisa_wilkinson

Weekend family celebrations…. @theboathousebb #balmoralbeach A photo posted by Lisa Wilkinson (@lisa_wilkinson) on

We all need a bit more Lisa in our lives. The journo, Today Show host, and all round powerhouse posts candidly about her beautiful life and the people she shares it with. Look out for some #TBT pics from the 70s.

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Follow if: you want to see what shenanigans she gets up to with Karl behind the scenes.

For Women in Science @forwomeninscience

Amazing women! Smart women! Accomplished women! This Insta features pretty much all of them. It’s from the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program, which seeks to recognise women researchers who are overcoming the global challenges of tomorrow.

Follow if: you want to learn something from Australia’s brightest women.

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls @amypoehlersmartgirls

#SundayFunday, Smart Girls style ???? (????: @cecilystrong) #GetYourHairWet

A photo posted by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls (@amypoehlersmartgirls) on

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Our favourite funny chick Amy Poehler started Smart Girls with her best friend Meredith Walker to support teen girls around the world. But you don’t have to be a teenager to appreciate the funny and touching posts encouraging you to be your wonderful self.

Follow if: You’re into smart, funny women.

Lean In Org @leaninorg

Sheryl Sandberg’s not-for-profit organisation Lean In encourages women of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds to strive for success. This feed is full of women who inspire wither their intellect, their tenacity and their determination.

Follow if: You want to scroll through your feed and see BOSS LADIES ruling the world..

Humans of New York @HumansofNY

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From the streets of New York, to India, Iraq or Pakista. HONY is full of captivating photographs and enthralling personal stories. If you’re ever feeling alone in the world, this is the feed for your. It’s all about connectedness and the power of the human spirit.

Follow if: You like personal stories and photographs of REAL people.

Lena Dunham @lenadunham

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For exercise inspiration that actually inspires, selfies with a purpose and troll-dolls. The writer/director/star of smash hit Girls is utterly candid about pretty much ever facet of her life. From her partner, to her friends, her diet to her method of birth control.

Follow if: You enjoy dry wit, feminist literature and dogs.

Zoe Foster-Blake @ZoTheySay

… And how we actually looked for most of it.

A photo posted by ZOË FOSTER BLAKE (@zotheysay) on

Zoe’s Insta is full of wit and charm. Gorgeous, honest portrayals of work, life and motherhood. Plus, as a beauty editor and skin-care guru herself, the feed is full of links and handy tips-and-tricks.

Follow if: You love smart, funny business women. And super cute kids.

Those are just a few of our favourite, instas. So say goodbye to the feeds the make you feel inferior and start following those that truly inspire.

Who do you follow for real-world inspiration?

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