Support for Political-Related Stress

Members of our University community are experiencing a range of responses to the 2016 election and subsequent news. At the CSU Health Network, we are committed to supporting the health and well-being of all students, and upholding the Principles of Community – Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice.

If you are experiencing fear, distress, or heightened stress, there are resources to help. CSU Health Network’s Counseling Services is a safe space for all students who are feeling marginalized or impacted by the election and would like to talk about their experiences and reactions. If you would like space to talk with a member of our counseling staff, please stop in to see us at 123 Aylesworth Hall NW, or call us at (970) 491-6053.

This is also an opportunity to practice self-care as you deal with difficult emotions and circumstances. Here are some suggestions from The Jed Foundation of what you can do to feel better:

  • Stick to your routine: Maintaining your regular schedule of activities and taking care of your usual responsibilities can help engage you and reestablish a sense of normalcy and regularity.
  • Take care of yourself: You will feel better if you get enough sleep, eat properly, and get regular exercise.
  • Engage in pleasurable and meaningful activities: Take some time to do something you usually enjoy-take a walk, go to a movie, spend time with friends. Doing activities that help or support others can increase your sense of well-being and enhance your optimism.
  • Limit your social media time: Constantly checking news feeds or other social media can increase your tension. Set aside specific times to check news and social media. Too much time online also can interfere with getting enough sleep.
  • Limit substance use: Drinking or partying to feel better might seem to help in the very short run but can leave you feeling depleted and lower.
  • Limit political debate and argument: It’s important to stay engaged and informed in the political process and the news – but keep it in balance. If it is stressing you out, then let some time pass or take a break.
  • Spend time with supportive friends and family: Being with people who care about you can help you feel safe and protected.

To contact CSU Health Network Counseling Services, call (970) 491-6053.