Time and Change

Voting

Election Season Support Spaces

Visit Post-Election Events on the Pack the Polls website for more election-related events.

Self-care tips for those experiencing political stress:

  1. Stay informed but know your limits. Give yourself a break from the news and social media as needed.
  2. If you have not already, find a meaningful way to get involved in the election. Contact a local political party or candidate you support to see how.
  3. Allow yourself to engage in rest and leisure. You can’t pour from an empty cup!
  4. Engage with people who support you and with whom you can share your hopes and your fears.
  5. Focus on the things you can control – like your plan for voting!

Take care of yourself so you can continue to put your energy towards things that are important to you!

Please visit our COVID-19 page for information about the status of our office, resources, and tips for managing concerns and emotions around the coronavirus.

For emotional processing related to the pandemic, join us for Coping with COVID – a weekly drop-in space. Learn more about this space on Drop-In Spaces.

COVID-19 Resources for People with Alcohol or Drug-Related Issues:

Here are tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective, manage your worry, and maintain a positive outlook:

  • Seek accurate information and limit exposure to social media and news reports that provide no new information or inaccurate information.
  • Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and stay focused on what the situation actually is. It can be helpful to shift your focus to things within your control rather than things outside your control.
  • Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties.
  • Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected. Try to resist withdrawing and isolating yourself. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. If your day-to-day activities are disrupted by college closings, attempt to create structure in your day by scheduling a normal bedtime and wake up time; structuring your time with hobbies, homework, reading, etc.; scheduling regular phone/video contact with friends and family.
  • Utilize university resources. Learn about on-campus and off-campus resources that are available. If you or someone you know has high distress that does not seem to be lessening, talk about it with others, or contact the Counseling Center or Prevention Services. Your campus community is here to help!

Online Screenings

  • Through the Counseling Center, you can take a free and confidential online screening for depression, anxiety, and other available screenings. Learn more on the Counseling Center website.

Care Packages

Understanding Grief

  • Common Reactions
    • Anger
    • Numbness
    • Regrets
    • Forgetfulness
    • Physical reactions
  • Physical Symptoms
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea
    • Insomnia
    • Weight loss or gain
    • Aches and pains
    • Lowered immunity
  • Coping
    • Acknowledge your feelings
    • Allow yourself time and space to process the loss
    • Connect with resources and support system systems
    • Plan ahead for grief reminders
    • Maintain hobbies and interests as you feel able
    • Utilize various methods of emotion expression (ex: talking, creative outlets, make something tangible)

Supporting Others through Grief and Loss

Virtual Grief Support