Mental health illnesses were once a subject heavily stigmatized, but now they are at the forefront of society.
Statistics consistently reveal that the number of people who have experienced mental health issues is around one in four adults, showing that is no wonder why mental health awareness is increasing by the day.
With many more people still choosing to bottle up negative feelings (perhaps for fear of the impact it might have on their employment or family relations) the true figure could be even higher!
Examples of common mental health issues include:
- Bi-Polar Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Panic Attacks
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Alcohol, Sex, or Recreational Drug Addiction
Unfortunately, these and other mental health issues make dating an incredibly terrifying experience for a lot of people. However, online dating is a way for many people to push through their fears and find a happy and healthy relationship!
Encouraging Positive Mental Health
Because mental health well-being is now such a high profile subject, employees are far more likely to get support from their employers if they are having issues.
After all, mental health issues cost western economies billions of dollars through lost working days and it’s in everyone’s best interests to keep people mentally healthy.
There are now all sorts of helplines available, YouTube videos, websites dedicated to boosting mental health, and medical practitioners offering wise advice about the most beneficial treatment options for mental health issues.
We are all encouraged to find safety nets to counter the stress we face in our daily lives and pursue positive hobbies and interests.
One key area where we can certainly escape from trauma is via online relationship websites. A flirt dating site can present many opportunities for a pleasant diversion from the “real world” while also allowing you to build a positive relationship that could transfer into dating or marriage.
Traditional vs. Online Dating
Although many people are comfortable with traditional dating, it does come with a potential to induce stress. When we meet someone in a bar, or after a blind date organized by mutual friends, there is always a degree of apprehension about where the date is likely to go.
If we don’t know that much about the person, how do we know how genuine they are?
With online dating, you have the opportunity of getting to know other singles in a relaxed environment.
Signing up for a dating site involves a degree of commitment, but the general expectation is that everyone is there for the same reason. While it will never be possible to eradicate time wasters who join these sites to pursue negative agendas such as “catfishing” (inventing an alter ego) the algorithms built into the sites are designed to weed out people who do not have the genuine ethos of the dating site at heart.
Overall, dating websites do have the ability to stimulate healthy and positive interpersonal relationships
Discovering Interesting New People
When you sign up to become a member on a dating website, you will instantly have access to a diverse range of profiles. The personal descriptions on each dating website can be your starting points as you take time sifting through the many likely candidates, before deciding whom you would like to reach out to.
Because the power is in your hands, this makes for a far more relaxing and pleasant experience.
There are also chat rooms where you can introduce yourself and begin getting involved in group discussions. The ultimate motive of connecting with anyone in these environments does not necessarily have to be pursuing a partner.
Quite often the chat facilities offer the opportunity to widen your social circle by getting to know a range of people you wouldn’t otherwise be able to connect with.
Developing a Rapport
Although the innate interpersonal communication is healthy in many respects, the true end-game is finding a person worth developing a lasting relationship.
When you do come across an individual who you feel a connection with; you can begin the process of getting to know them better in your own time. The online environment is conducive for people to be much more honest open than they would in any other walk of life.
Online daters are mainly wishing to connect with another single person, and they will reveal aspects of their personality in a friendly way. In this way, true chemistry can develop.
The next stage would be to arrange to get together in the real world, confident that you already know so much about them.
For these reasons, online dating can certainly boost your mental well-being.