Being at home and catching up on your latest shows is great, but after a few days, the couch might start to seem like a less and less fun way to spend your time. To help keep our minds sharp and our emotions regulated, we need social contact—and that goes beyond scrolling through your Instagram and Twitter feeds. We’ve got some things you can try if you’re feeling the stress of isolation. Call (or Facetime) Your Friends It may sound obvious, but it’s one of the best ways to fight feeling alone. Calling—and we do mean calling; not texting or sending them a snap with a picture of your forehead and five words—gives you the chance to talk and have a conversation that written communication does not. You engage with each other, pay more attention to your conversation, and there’s no delay in communication, which can be an anxiety-inducer when you’re waiting for someone to respond. Try to get in the habit of doing this daily during the time you’re social distancing—it will help bring some normalcy to your time! Play A Game Are you at home with family? It’s time to bring back good ol’ family game night. Giving yourself something fun to focus...Read More
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- Washington Hospital - 155 Wilson Ave, Washington, PA 15301 | Open 24 hours
- Pennsylvania Department of Health - 724-223-4540
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Health Care Tips from the Centers for Disease Control
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, and make sure you wash your thumbs, wrists, and in-between your fingers. This is the best defense against the spread of all viruses.
- Stay home when you are ill. This will help you to recover more quickly and decrease the spread of illness when on campus.
- Use a tissue or the crook of your arm when you cough or sneeze. Promptly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Get plenty of rest/sleep.
- If you have not had the flu vaccine, please consider getting one. While this will not protect against the coronavirus, the vaccine may prevent against the flu.