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Explains the benefits and challenges to your mental health of being online, and gives ideas for looking after yourself online and getting support. Also provides information on staying safe online and getting the balance right between your online and offline life.
Online support can be extremely helpful, but it's important to find a balance between your online and offline life for your mental health and wellbeing.
Here are some common signs that you might need to switch off for a while:
Switching off can be easier said than done. If you would like to take a break from being online, but are finding it hard to switch off, try these tips to help:
"... if I'm feeling unwell or something worries/upsets me ...I turn off the laptop for the day."
This information was published in September 2018. We will revise it in 2021.
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