The 10 best Instagram accounts for when you need to keep calm

More than just memes and inspirational quotes, the app is also a great place for gorgeous pictures and cute animals that can help you de-stress

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Instagram is an amazing app for keeping up with news and trends, and sharing what’s going on in your life. But it’s also just a really great place to find truly beautiful images.

For days when you just want to see something soothing, here are 10 of the best accounts to follow when, as Taylor says, you need to calm down.

@accidentallywesanderson

An account that curates photos which reflect the aesthetic of movies by American director Wes Anderson. His films, such as Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, are famous for the use of symmetrical images, limited but vibrant colour palettes, and generally retro vibes.

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@hello_rooftops

As long as you’re not afraid of heights, there’s something very relaxing about these shots of rooftops, taken from the rooftops of buildings around the world (or aeroplane windows!). Who doesn’t love imagining themselves exploring the streets of Paris or the temples of Thailand?

@scubadivingmag

It is a truth universally acknowledged that blue is one of the most soothing colours. What better, then, than an account that is 80 per cent underwater photos of the amazing sub-aquatic plants and animals met by scuba divers, from majestic turtles to magnificent coral reefs?

@boopmynose

Because sometimes you just need photos of cute animals to get you through a slow afternoon, and double-tapping their ickle nosies makes the whole scrolling experience even more enjoyable.

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@thismarvelousworld

Yes, the images are heavily edited, but all the posts – from a pride of lions to the Alps to a busy city highway – are given the same sort of dreamy filter that instantly makes worries melt away. And BREATHE.

@alongdustyroads

Hosted by a travel-loving couple, the neutral palette of this feed is an instant mental getaway from the craziness of daily life. If it inspires your future travel plans, so the better.

@mignonettetakespictures

“Mignon” in French means “cute”, while the suffix “-ette” denotes a small version of whatever comes before – so this account name basically is super cute. There’s a real mix of content, from fashion and beauty to flowers galore, but we check it out mainly for the adorable animals. Hello pug dressed in sheep’s clothing.

@veeceecheng

A Hongkonger who posts Wes Anderson-esque shots but with more saturated colours, particularly of aesthetic buildings and views around Asia.

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@klmbpics

Travel pics galore, often with a 1970s filter over them, and just enough shots of sea, sand and sky to make you exhale without experiencing extreme jealousy.

@sky_marvels

Because sometimes all you need to chill out is to see something gorgeous, like these naturally vivid swirls of colours of the sky.