This national election cycle has been a particularly stressful and difficult one for many. CAPS wants to acknowledge that many people may have a range of reactions today including shock, fear, sadness, discouragement, anxiety, hopelessness, numbness, excitement, joy, relief, and hopefulness. You may find yourself within a circle of friends, peers, and acquaintances who do not share the same reactions as you. These interactions may evoke strong emotions and may intensify your reactions.
At CAPS, we are here to listen and support you as our community and country works through this election transition. We can provide a safe place for discussions about your wellbeing and the impact of this election. 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, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, religion, nationality, or other aspect of your identity, please utilize our daily walk-in services.
If you are experiencing distress or heightened stress in reaction to the election, the JED Foundation recommends these following strategies that may make you 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 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. 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.
If you are in crisis, CAPS is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. You can also contact our after hours crisis line at 509-335-2159, or you can go to the Pullman Regional Hospital emergency department or call 911.