On World Mental Health Day 2023 we share our top tips for taking care of your mental health while online:
- Set Boundaries: Establish specific times for online activities and stick to them. Avoid spending excessive amounts of time online, especially before bedtime.
- Limit Exposure to Negative Content: Unfollow or mute accounts that consistently post content that makes you feel anxious, stressed, or upset. Curate your online experience to be more positive and uplifting.
- Distinguish Between Real and Curated Lives: Remember that people often post the highlights of their lives on social media. It’s not an accurate representation of their entire reality. Avoid comparing your life to the idealised versions presented online.
- Practice Digital Detox: Regularly take breaks from the internet. Engage in activities that don’t involve screens, like spending time in nature, reading a physical book, or pursuing a hobby.
- Be Mindful of Screen Time: Use screen time tracking tools to monitor how much time you spend online. Set limits on certain apps or websites to help maintain a healthy balance.
- Engage in Positive Online Communities: Seek out groups or forums that align with your interests and values. Positive and supportive online communities can provide a sense of belonging and connection.
- Practice Digital Hygiene: Be cautious about the information you share online. Avoid oversharing personal details, and review your privacy settings regularly.
- Verify Information: Be critical of the information you come across online. Check the credibility of sources before accepting them as true. Avoid spreading misinformation.
- Avoid Toxic Conversations: If you find yourself in a heated or negative online exchange, consider disengaging or unfollowing/blocking individuals who consistently engage in hostile behaviour.
- Prioritise Offline Interactions: Make an effort to spend quality time with friends and family in person. Building and maintaining real-world relationships can significantly contribute to your mental well-being.
- Seek Professional Help if Needed: If you’re struggling with your mental health, consider talking to a mental health professional. They can provide guidance and support tailored to your specific situation.
- Practice Self-Reflection: Regularly check in with yourself about how your online activities are making you feel. If you notice negative effects, take steps to address them, such as setting new boundaries or re-evaluating who you follow.
If you would like to seek further info around mental health please visit Mind and NHS websites which have resources available.
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