Long before our current situation there has been a growing debate on the effects that social media can have on our mental health and wellbeing. The discussion is huge! There is no doubt about it, that during these troubling times social media can bring comfort and information to people. However, how do you keep yourself safe online?
- Have an honest discussion with yourself and think about how many times a day you a scrolling through news feeds? Check in with yourself – how is this making you feel. If you find yourself feeling anxious and having repetitive thoughts of worry, then limiting your time online could bring you peace of mind
- Judge the information – false news stories have been everywhere that past couple of years. How often do you weigh up the information that you are reading? Remember, just because you read it on Facebook or Twitter doesn’t mean it’s true. Also, think before you share.
- Set Boundaries – Yes, keeping in touch with people is vital during these times. But set boundaries to keep you safe. Are you spending hours constantly on messenger? Have set times where you communicate with others.
- Check in with West College Scotland’s Social Media Pages and Student Intranet. This way you can be kept up to date with your studies. Also, if you require support from the college with regards to your wellbeing and mental health, please do not hesitate to contact us.