Stay connected during social distancing:
It is critical that we find new ways to maintain our human connection. Consider reaching out via text, phone, and video conferencing. Challenge yourself to reach out to friends and family daily. Reaching out will remind loved ones and friends that they are not alone.
Create a routine:
A routine is what makes us feel healthy, productive, and accomplished. It is critical to build structure into your day to keep you motivated. This may include setting regular sleep and wake times, maintaining regular hygiene routines, setting time for work, connecting with others, exercise, etc.
As gyms and fitness centers close their doors it is important to find new ways and approaches to incorporate regular exercise in your day. Connect with a friend to create accountability and make sure you get your workouts in. Many local gyms and fitness centers are offering online options. Below are some additional free resources.
- YMCA: Free online exercise class to enjoy at home
- Yoga with Adrienne: Check out free Yoga with Adrienne on you tube
- Campus Recreation: Follow @PennStateCRec on Facebook or Instagram for free videos from our student group fitness instructors and Student Affairs staff
- Peloton: - lots of online classes, not just cycling; free 90-day trial
- Planet Fitness: - free online classes
Finding ways to reduce stress and anxiety is critical to your overall health and wellness. Find ways to create meaningful breaks for yourself throughout the day. Try taking time to read a book, keep a journal, meditate, get out into nature, explore a new hobby, etc. Below are some resources to help you get started:
Maintain a healthy diet
Stress can drive many of us to unhealthy eating habits but now is a critical time to maintain our most healthy approach to eating to give us the energy and stamina we need to deal with all the shifts and changes. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
Stay informed, but limit time on social media and news outlets
To help reduce fear and anxiety about the coronavirus, one of the most important things you can do is limit your exposure to news and social media. While it’s important to stay informed, set an intentional time limit and then disconnect. Below are some websites that can help you stay up to date with accurate information.
- Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
- PA Department of Health (there’s a map about PA cases by county)
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Wellness articles, websites, and other resources:
- Greater Good Guide to Well-being during the Coronavirus
- Mindfulness Practices from Greater Good
- Center for Healthy Minds: COVID-19 and Our Common Humanity
- Free access to daily mindfulness course: Find Calm and Nourish Resilience
- [email protected]: a series of free guided meditations at 3:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- Connect with a therapist through: Inpathy or Aetna (Both are covered in-network with Penn State Insurance)
- LinkedIn Learning offers courses on topics such as working remotely, time management, managing people at a distance, and more.
- University Employee Assistance Program
Just for fun
Get your PSU immunization form uploaded to avoid a HOLD on your account! Stop by 103 Lares if you have questions!
Please check your 'myUHS' mail and PSU email to make sure your are compliant with Penn State Universities Immunization requirements!
If you are not compliant, a hold will be placed on your account!
Stop into 103 Lares if you have questions or need help figuring out how to upload your record.
All students need 2 MMR's and students staying in on campus housing need 2 MMR's and MCV4 (Meningococcal Conjugate).
See this helpful link to University Health Services.
Penn State Abington Health & Wellness Center provides basic health care and wellness programs throughout the year. These free on-campus services are covered by student tuition.
Students requiring medical care are referred to an off-campus consulting physician affiliated with Abington Memorial Hospital.
The University also offers individual accident and health insurance at a minimal rate.
All student health records are confidential. No information contained in a health record may be released without the written consent of a student.
It is the responsibility of a student with a diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or epilepsy to inform professors as necessary to protect the student’s well-being or academic advancement.
Immunization Submission Process
Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of these diseases, in part due to factors such as non-immunized and under-immunized persons and global travel. University Health Services of the Pennsylvania State University strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students and our campus community.
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