You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.
It’s important to take care of your mental health and manage stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Symptoms of stress include fear, worry, changes in appetite or sleep, worsening of chronic health conditions, or increased use of alcohol or other substances.
You can support your mental health by limiting time spent engaging with news programs and social media, and by increasing time spent exercising, connecting with others, and maintaining a daily routine. Getting enough sleep and eating healthy also support mental health.
Pennsylvania has a helpline staffed by caseworkers who are available 24/7 to counsel people struggling due to the COVID-19 emergency. The number is 1-855-284-2494.
For more information on mental health resources, visit The Pennsylvania Department of Health at health.pa.gov.
For all of our episodes, visit wpsu.org/healthminute.
I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.