Caring for Yourself During Uncertain Times

Adapted from Jed Foundation Recommendations, published November 9, 2016

Many people have found the recent political news to be emotionally challenging. If you’re experiencing distress or heightened stress here are some things you can do to help yourself 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 fun 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 time in front of the news or social media:
    • Constantly checking news feeds or other social media can increase your anxiety. 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 friends and family:
    • Being with people who care about you can help take your mind off of current events.