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How social media can affect your Mental Well-being.

Taking a Break From the Storms of Life with Online Mental Health Support

A few years ago, the use of social media was for mere pastime. To date, all that has changed. On a recent 2020 study, it seems that, on a global scale, the world has literally been taken by the “social media” storm.



Regardless of the distance, situation and time, social media has made it easy for people to connect with each other. Gone are the days when people relied on the issue of the morning newspaper to find the latest news and happenings. News can now be flashed right before your very eyes and in real-time. After a few taps and minutes on a mobile phone, tablet, desktop or laptop, you’re updated with what has happened in the entire world. Technology has made this possible.

Back in the forgotten days of telegrams and mailing letters, now, we get to send messages to whoever we please and on various social media platforms that offer instant messaging. However, not all social media users are after news and current events. Some are on social media to get the latest updates on their family, friends and some people we find of interest.


When it comes to social media platforms, there are quite a few that come to mind. Some of the more popular platforms include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for social media updates and we also have messaging apps like Whatsapp, Telegram, Wechat and Viber. Dating has also been made easier through social media, specifically through dating apps.

Where’s the positive in social media use?

Well, social media is the least expensive way to update ourselves with the current events, get in touch with family and friends, and it can also be an avenue of finding groups or pages that offer self-help or motivation. Here are some tips to help you regulate your social media use and exposure:

  • Schedule your use and refrain from using platforms for endless amounts of time and all throughout the day.

  • Use it for the most important things like keeping in touch with family and friends or to find the latest news through formidable and reliable media outlets.

  • Do not go on social media just to argue and prove a point with people you have never and will probably never meet. There’s no sense in this, just added stress.

  • Join worthwhile causes like sharing posts that uplift the spirit.

  • If feeling highly stressed, join pages or groups that are good for your mental health.


The current situation, too, has magnified the way for people to connect with each other while on a stay home scheme due to the Corona Virus outbreak, most popularly known as Covid-19. Tons of news flash from every single part of the globe. Some of the shared news is about the latest update on the status of the sick, the dead and the recuperating from the virus. The news can be alarming and heightens people’s emotions. The current situation has also exposed most to vulnerability as people lose their jobs because of a company shut down or due to a cease operations status. It can all be quite overwhelming, the stress, grief, anxiety, pressure and all of the negativity seen flashing on our mobile screen. All the negativity we see and read about, it can truly take a huge toll on our mental health. When this happens, where do we find help? Is there help available for us? If there is, where can we find that professional help that we need to ease the pressure felt due to various uncontrollable situations?

Signs of Unhealthy Social Media Use

When we spend more time on social media as opposed to spending more time with family at home or friends, then something is not right. Too much social media use can expose one to unnecessary distress and anxiety especially when we join forums or make comments that may put us as risk of cyber-bullying. Too much of anything is not good, as they say. Our untimely or unscheduled use of social media can eat away from our valuable time, distract us from what is important and that is family, perhaps work and/or school. Lack of regulation in use can also affect our sleeping patterns.


Find the Best Telehealth Australia has to Offer

If we are feeling depressed or concerned and are beyond what we can classify as normal, meaning it is already affecting our relationships with others and is causing us sleepless nights, over-eating or lack of appetite then it is time to get help. Social media can be a positive way to find professional online mental health help through searches. Simple keywords can be used to lead us to what we wish to find and it can lead us towards what’s available when it comes to online mental health support, who is available and what type of help is available in Australia.


There are professionals who offer online psychiatry or online psychology telehealth service. This is made possible with the help of Telehealth counselling and is gaining popularity as a stable and reliable way to get help through mental Telehealth service in Australia. One way to put your social media exposure to good use is to find best online medicare Telehealth services for you. You can review their posts, vlogs and Facebook feed to help determine if that online mental health service is the right one for you.


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