This national election cycle has been a particularly stressful one. The Counseling Center staff want to acknowledge a range of reactions today including relief, fear, sadness, anger, dread, hopelessness, anxiety, numbness, and happiness. 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 reactions.
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 come visit us.
The Counseling Center 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:
- Acknowledging your feelings: check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue? Give yourself the option to opt out of conversations - pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels
- Focusing on tasks or events that are in your control
- Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you
- Focusing on the present and shifting away from the future focus
- Monitoring your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits
- 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 (www.loyola.edu/ccsj)
- Attend a RIO mindfulness workshop at the Counseling Center
- Contact the Bias Reporting Team (http://www.loyola.edu/department/report-bias) if you have experienced a bias or identity-based 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 our website for additional support and resources
We are here to help you succeed
There are many reasons why someone might seek counseling. It is not always sought in times of crisis. Seeking counseling is a sign of strength that you have insight into matters that you would like to improve.
The Counseling Center offers experienced professionals who can help you explore many different concerns. We value each person for their unique personality, perspective, background, and culture. Many students visit the Counseling Center to explore life transitions and their own identities.
We encourage students to use our free, confidential services. Our counselors provide safe, supportive, and caring relationships for exploring your concerns. Understanding a situation before it reaches a stage of crisis can make a big difference. We encourage you to come in, even if you are not sure if counseling is what you need. With a counselor's help, you can discuss alternatives and decide the best way to proceed. Learn What to Expect when you schedule an appointment at the Counseling Center.
If you feel that you are being treated unjustly by others, we would like to offer our help. Insensitivity to others and discrimination in any form is inconsistent with Loyola’s mission and values. Our counseling services and programs actively promote an awareness of and sensitivity toward differences of race, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, religious/spiritual beliefs, financial status, and size/body shape among members of the Loyola community. We are here to help you or your student group explore the impact of cultural differences among students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
In addition to seeking support through the Counseling Center, you may anonymously report bias-related incidents to the Dean of Students Office.
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The Counseling Center is Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.
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