WHO defined mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her abilities, can cope with everyday stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and contribute to their community.
An article also explained that mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood and aging.
In today’s high-end technology era, one of the factors that can impact our mental health is our online activities. I received a newsletter from a charity institution I’m supporting; hence was inspired to blog about this. We must nurture and protect our mental health online.
Six Ways to Support Your Mental Health Online
#1. Always be Mindful
The internet has given us tremendous information that, at times, our brain cannot process or digest. It is essential for us always to be mindful of the information we get and make sure that they are valid and authentic. It’s good to use apps that enhance our well-being. We should follow accounts that are inspiring, motivating, and informative.
#2. Don’t Doomscrolling
Alright, consuming a vast quantity of negative online news at once is unhealthy. I believe that being relevant is a good habit, so watching the news is essential. However, we cannot deny the fact that what we see on the news is overwhelming. For instance, today, news about politics versus pandemic versus coup are mental drainers.
We also have the habit of checking updates about our friends on social media, but unfortunately, certain people use social media to rant or spread unhealthy posts.
I would suggest that you should unfollow or mute such people, pages, or communities you are into. Limiting yourself from them means protecting yourself and your mental health. Remember pointers number one? Always be mindful. Besides, what you see online is not accurate and real, but what you feel about it is real.
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#3. Choose Kindness
Acts of kindness can bring wonderful feelings and boost our mental health. So, instead of trolling or bullying someone online because of differences, it’s better to spread kindness. How? Support our friends’ online businesses by liking, sharing, or providing positive comments on their posts or business pages. Reach out to your friends and connect with them genuinely, especially amid the pandemic. Now, if someone or something reciprocates to you negatively, then pause. Even when you think your comment or something you want to share is crossing the red line, then make a pause. Re-consider and always choose kindness in responding.
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#4. Stay Safe Online
Always check your privacy settings on each app you are using. Be mindful and careful on apps that you’re installing on your devices. Make sure that what you sign up for is validated, safe, and secured. Report an incident that can potentially impact your privacy and others negatively.
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#5. Don’t focus on Social Media Channels only
I noticed that people of all ages only focus on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or dating apps. Remember that there are other helpful websites too that you can explore and visit. The best part is, you will learn something new that is for free!
#6. Stay Connected IRL (In-Real-Life)
It’s vital to take a break from social media and directly connect with your family and friends in real life safely. Most of the time, we tend to isolate ourselves and choose to be online to get approval from the people around us. We think that having more likes on the picture we posted is the best. The truth is that the best in life are in reality, regardless of happiness or loneliness.
Remember that all this is in your control. Your mental health is essential as your physical health. And the best wealth in this world is our health. Having the habit of balancing our online life versus our offline life vital in support of our mental health.
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