Impact of 2016 National Election

Impact of 2016 National Election

Many have found the recent national election cycle to be dramatic and emotionally challenging. The EKUCC staff acknowledges and recognizes that members of our EKU community are experiencing a variety of responses to the election results. We remain committed to maintaining a safe space in our center for discussions on identity, empowerment, intercultural competency, and the impact of the election.

If you are experiencing negative treatment, threats or more subtle forms of oppression because of your race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, country of origin or other aspect of your identity, please schedule an appointment with us: utilize our walk-in services M-F 8am-2pm Whitlock Bldg. Room 571, or contact us at (859) 622-1303 and ask to speak with the counselor on call. We also suggest the following steps to manage distress or heightened stress in order to help feel better:

Acknowledge your feelings:  check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?

Stick to your routine: Maintain your regular schedule of activities and take care of your usual responsibilities. Concentrating on the present and shifting away from a future focus can help you 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 university wellness activities such as the EKUCC drop-in Relaxation and Meditation Group (meets Mondays and Thursdays, 3-4pm Whitlock Bldg. Room 568). Check with Campus Recreation for upcoming wellness activities.

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.

Volunteer: Participate in an organization that supports your values and interests on or off campus. Doing activities that help or support others can increase your sense of well-being and enhance your optimism. For campus organizations, view the directory of registered EKU Campus Organizations, or contact the Office of Student Life (859) 622-3855.

Limit your social media time: Constantly checking news feeds or other social media can increase your tension. Set aside specific times with time limits to check news and social media.

Limit substance use: Drinking or partying to feel better might seem to help in the very short run but will 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. Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels.

Spend time with supportive friends and family: Being with people who care about you can help you feel safe and protected.

Utilize self-care apps: Breathe2Relax (iPhone, Android); Mindshift (iphone, Android); Stop, Breathe, Think (iPhone, Android); Headspace (iPhone, Android); Virtual Hope Box (iPhone, Android).

If you have experienced a bias or identity-based violence or harassment, contact the EKU Office of Equity and Inclusion at (859) 622-8020. 

-Adapted from www.jedfoundation.org

Published on November 09, 2016

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