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Experiencing Media Overload?

A woman scrolling through a smart phoneIt is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the information that is flooding through news and social media outlets.  If you or someone you support is struggling to disconnect from the constant media cycle, here are some tips to help take a step back.

  • Learn about the facts. Look for trusted health care sources for information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and PA's Department of Health. Follow only one or two for updates. Limit the number of times that you check-in each week.
  • Disconnect. Today’s news cycle is 24/7, and too much information can add to stress. Unplug and give yourself downtime. Keep on task -- only read or listen to the news when it’s not in the way of your daily routine. Skip catching up on the media update right before bed.
  • Talk with a trusted peer. Family members or friends can make you feel less alone in your concerns. Even if you don’t see eye-to-eye, listen to what they have to say and why.
  • Check-in with your loved ones. Make sure they’re coping well with concerns about the virus.
  • Help others (from afar). Call people. Smile and wave from a safe distance. Find ways to help others from home, like teaching someone how to pay their bills online. 

Are there other strategies or recommendations that have been effective for the participants you support? If so, let us know! Please send any suggestions or  questions related to this email or requests for additional resources to RA-basprovidersupprt@pa.gov