Call for Help

Navigating Election-Related Stress

MHS Services:

  • Let’s Talk – Students may sign up for a consultation with a counselor to discuss concerns about the election (or other topics). See the Let’s Talk page for full schedule and sign up link.
  • Processing Space – Coping with Election Stress will held on Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. This processing space will be focused on helping students processing stress related to the election.
  • Thrive Workshop – Our workshop on November 11, Living with Uncertainty, allows participants to discuss things that feel uncertain during this time and learn skills/tools to navigate it.

Wellness Strategies

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UNPLUG

Limit your consumption of social media and constant news coverage. It’s important to stay informed, and creating boundaries is important. Notice the impact engaging with this media has on how you think and feel; utilize this information to determine when to set boundaries with media.

BE PRESENT

Use reflection to recognize your inner thoughts and feelings. Be curious and nonjudgmental and give yourself permission to feel the way you do. Although avoiding can be useful in small doses, “stuffing” or ignoring strong emotions can have negative impacts.

REFUEL

Focus on restoring yourself with rest and healthy food. Drink water and try to limit caffeine. Move a little every day. Take a walk; look at the sky; be in nature. Journal or meditate. Make art or watch funny videos. Read something fun.

CONNECT

Engage with supportive friends and allies. Talk about current issues, if needed, but be aware of when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Not everyone will share your perspective, so it’s OK to limit your topics and avoid heated conflict. Reach out to supportive services on campus, including UHS.

DO SOMETHING

Channel what you’re feeling into positive, meaningful activity. Be informed and proactive around issues that matter to you. Find ways to engage in your community through advocacy in ways that fit for you.

MANAGE EXPECTATIONS

We may not know who won the election on election day. Consistent use of the coping skills above will be important before, during, and after November 3rd. Focus on what you are able to control including your own civic engagement, supporting loved ones, and how often you engage with election news.

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TIME OUTSIDE

RE-FRAMING PERSPECTIVES

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