News | Published March 24, 2020

Healthy tips for coping with stress

At Mount Nittany Health, we understand that this is an incredibly stressful time. The health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and community remain our top priority as we continue to navigate unchartered waters with COVID-19. Below are six healthy tips for coping with stress to keep in mind:

  • It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help. Get in touch with your loved ones and connect with them.
  • Be aware that not everything being said about COVID-19 is accurate. Go to trusted sources like the Mount Nittany Health website, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.
  • Limit your stress and fear by reducing how much time you spend watching or reading the news or scrolling through social media, especially when you feel it’s upsetting information.
  • Do things you’ve done in the past to help manage challenges and stress. Know that you’ve developed skills to manage your emotions and use them during this time, too.
  • If you’re staying home, stay healthy by eating well, getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly and having good social contact with loved ones by phone or video chat.
  • Deal with your emotions in a healthy way. Have a plan ready in case you do start to feel overwhelmed, and don’t hesitate to talk to a counselor or therapist if you need to.

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