As a reminder of our ACPA President Donna A. Lee stated in her email on November 14th “In this time where the issues and challenges of our world may feel overwhelming, and disempowering, I encourage you to focus your attention on the light. Take time to breathe and take of each other. Take care of yourself. And know that we will persevere through these challenges when we truly work together.”
MRN would like to share resources collected after this month’s election results. The resources were collated by the Higher Education Case Managers Association.
MRN wants to emphasize the need for us as professionals and for the students we work with to take a moment for self-care at this time. A lot of anticipation and anxiety has been building up for many of us over the past few months and many may be experiencing a range of emotions, both positive and negative, leaving our students and selves feeling drained.
Now that the election season has come to a close it is important to take time to acknowledge our emotions and do what is best to find our own sense of balance. For each person balance looks different–some need to unplug from media, engage in physical activity, eat a balanced meal, or surround themselves with a community of support. However that looks for you, we hope that you do what you need in order to achieve wellness at this time.
As we continue to work with students who may be feeling excitement, exhaustion, confusion, or even trauma following this election season, it is important that we provide the best resources that we can. Below HECMA has linked a few examples that have been posted for coping with election stress, as well as a few tools that may be helpful for some of the students you may see over the next few weeks.
Furthermore, in the statement we’ve referenced by our ACPA President Donna A. Lee you’ll see additional resources.
- CAPS at the University of Michigan: https://caps.umich.edu/content/manage-election-related-stress-information
- University of Northern Colorado Counseling Center: http://www.unco.edu/counseling-center/pdf/Election-Stress.pdf
- The College Fix: http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/29824/
- Ways to Manage Election Stress:
- Anxiety Levels at UVA: http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2016/11/nearly-87-percent-uva-students-election-anxiety
- 7 Cups of Tea: A free online and anonymous chat tool to speak with a trained listener.
- Pacifica: A free app for Android, iOS, and the web that helps teach mindfulness and encourages individuals to use CBT and medidation to cope with stress and anxiety.
- Headspace: A free app to teach mindfulness and meditation.
MRN would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions on ways we can come together as a community to advocate for our needs before, during, and after convention. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org