Managing your online wellbeing during COVID-19

It is no surprise that the world has changed drastically since the start of the global pandemic. We have shifted the way we work and socialise, turning more towards the internet than ever before. It has helped us stay connected virtually even when we are physically apart.

However, spending increased time online also comes with its own set of downfalls. It can heighten anxiety and bring out negative emotions especially as we read more negatively geared content on media sources. There is also an increase in scams coming through as scammers exploit this increased time that people spend online. It is important to be resilient and focus on wellbeing strategies that help promote a more positive online experience.

Here are some tips for you to help manage any negative online experiences:

Maintaining balance

It is important to set boundaries of how long you spend online and make sure that you are balancing your screen time with other activities such as exercise, a walk or reading a book.

Limit your exposure

With COVID-19 everywhere in the news, it can be very easy to be consumed by all the negativity surrounding lockdowns and case numbers. You can take breaks and limit your exposure to negative news stories or even explore other topics such as new recipes to try out or online quizzes/trivia.

Surround yourself with support

You should never have to face negative online issues alone. You can always reach out to family, friends, peers and even mentors for support and vice versa. You can also seek professional support if at any time you need it.

Reflection

Sometimes negative experiences online can be overwhelming especially with all of the COVID-19 related news. You should always pause and reflect on your feelings and maintain perspective. Don’t let the feelings of negativity cause too much distress and overcome you.

Report and block online abuse

Unfortunately, online abuse can happen from time to time but that doesn’t mean it is ever acceptable. If you feel as though you are being harassed, you should always report this to the website on which it is happening and block the person doing it. Serious online abuse can also be reported to eSafety.

You can visit eSafety’s online resources for more tips to look after your online wellbeing at https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/covid-19/how-manage-your-online-wellbeing.