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We promote self-awareness and skill development to support individual success and well-being.
This national election cycle has been a particularly stressful one. The Counseling, Disability Support, and Student Wellness (CDSW) staff want to acknowledge a range of reactions including excitement, joy, relief, fear, sadness, anger, dread, hopelessness, anxiety, and numbness. You may find yourself within a circle of friends or classmates who do not share the same reactions as you. These interactions may evoke strong emotions and questions and may intensify your feelings.
We are here to listen and support you as our nation works through this election transition. If you are struggling with the personal impact of the election, the tone of the national discussions, or 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 (573.341.4211) or visit our office in 204 Norwood Hall.
CDSW provides a safe space for discussions on identity, empowerment, intercultural competency, and the impact of the election. As this is a highly emotional time for our nation, we recommend several strategies to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout the semester including:
- Acknowledge your feelings: consider your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?
- Focus on tasks or events that are in your control
- Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you
- Focus on the present and shifting away from the future focus
- Monitor your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits
- Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels
- Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing. Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day
- Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests. Opportunities can be found at https://studentlife.mst.edu/volunteer-involvement/ .
- Contact http://iedi.mst.edu/ or call them at 341.7734 if you have experienced a bias or identity-based episode of violence.
- Utilize self-care apps such as Breathe2Relax (iPhone, Android); Mindshift (iphone, Android); Stop, Breathe, Think (iPhone, Android); Headspace (iPhone, Android); Virtual Hope Box (iPhone, Android)
- Check this link for additional support and resources http://counsel.mst.edu/counseling/selfhelp/
Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST
After Hours Emergencies: Contact Missouri S&T Police at (573) 341-4300