Coping Strategies 101

Coping Strategies 101


It’s likely that if you’re reading this, you are feeling a range of emotions about the presidential election results and possible presidential appointments. Universities around the country are reaffirming their support of diverse thoughts and communities.

It’s important that you remember you are not alone. It’s important for you to know how to move forward. There are things that you can do. And, we can help.


The airplane emergency directions always say to help yourself with the oxygen mask before you help someone else. If you don’t, you’re no help to them. Same thing here. The internet is awash in what to do if you’re overwhelmed with the election. We even have a top 10 list of stress reduction ideas.

It really boils down to this:

  • Maintain your normal routine. You have to keep going. Do one task at a time.
  • Make time for exercise and relaxation. Exercise and mindfulness are scientifically proven to reduce anxiety. So, now’s the time to go to the gym, try yoga, meditate, or even go fishing.
  • Limit your exposure to social media. Here’s how to actually, for real, turn off social media.

    Cat swatting person away from laptop

    Hands off the computer! Image source: Giphy/Popular Sciece

  • Acknowledge your feelings. You feel how you feel. That’s OK. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Get together with friends, teammates, classmates and community members. In the words of Karen Lang, “Isolation is the glue that holds oppression in place.”
  • Seek help. It’s OK to feel sad, but if it’s interfering with your ability to function in your daily life, please seek help. You have so many resources on campus.


Make a plan to make a difference. Pick an organization and support it with your passion and energy. As a volunteer you can affect change and find like-minded friends, and it’s good for you. Finally, we need to take care of others and stand up for anyone who feels marginalized. We are stronger together.