Beyond the Diag - Off Campus Housing

Three students with "Stop Think" shirts

Today is about finding connection with the people who share our joy, relief, and optimism, OR our grief, rage, and heartbreak. In the midst of such division, we desperately need to know we’re not alone and that we will continue to fight together for what we believe in.

- Brené Brown

Prioritizing self-care is an important step in our daily lives, especially in times of distress. In the wake of heightened emotions and concerning incidents throughout the country and on our campus, here are a few tips for self-care to get you to that coveted Thanksgiving break.

  • Dialogue is important, but give yourself time to process your emotions and wind down. Consider a weekend of relaxation or staying off social media. Stick to your plan and evaluate how it is working each day.

  • Don’t alienate or fixate on anyone. Choose kindness, it can make a world of a difference.

  • As President Obama said during his rally in Ann Arbor, the most important word in our democracy is the word ‘we.’ We shall overcome.

  • The most powerful person in our democracy and on our campus is US. We decide what our future, our university’s future, and our country’s future looks like. Don't let anyone make you feel different. Take action!

  • Listen, listen, and listen. Take the time to hear what those around you are saying. It is easy to get caught up in our own emotions, but remember we are at one of the greatest universities in the world, with some of the brightest minds. Hear your fellow classmates and professors out. What they say may surprise you.

  • Surround yourself with people you love and who love you. The political climate may be hostile, but your personal life does not have to be a reflection of that. Look for the good in people, find the good within yourself and you will be golden!

It’s easy to feel alone or isolated during these times, but remember that you are hoMe. There are resources throughout campus with the sole purpose of helping you find your way. Below are links to a few resources and pages that may be helpful during these turbulent times or for any other problems you may be facing.  

Counseling and Psychological Services article on Managing Election Stress

Dean of Students Office - Expect Respect

Sexual Assault and Prevention Center

Spectrum Center

 

Contributed by: Michelle Diaz, Dean of Students Office Student Assistant