1) Speak up. Share your experiences and express your views with others in respectful and empathetic ways.
2) Build bridges. Challenge yourself to have a conversation with someone whose views are different from your own. Step out of your social-media echo chamber and listen to those who disagree with you. Be sure to acknowledge your feelings: check your emotional state before you engage in these conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue right now?
3) Opt out. Give yourself permission to step away from abusive conversations, shouting matches, social media trolling, and unproductive dialogues. Is this discussion actually going to benefit anyone? Or will it just increase your stress level?
4) Unplug. Think about your overall social media use and news intake and be honest about what is healthy for you. Be sure to check in with your body and your emotions regularly. Set a “screens off” time each night, and stick to it.
5) Pray and center. Identify and commit to a spiritual practice that grounds and centers you, whether that is community liturgy, private prayer, meditation, movement, or some other practice.
6) Be your body’s guardian. Take 3 deep breaths right now. Drink a glass of water. Eat something healthy. Go outside. Get a good night’s sleep.
7) Recharge. Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day. You need to be here for the long haul, so don’t let yourself burn out.
8) Claim your civic power. Research ways that you can get involved in local, regional or national efforts to make change on issues of injustice. We all have a part to play in the work of building a better society!
9) Ask for support. If you’re feeling distressed, seek support from friends, family or a safe space that grounds you. A list of campus and community resources is attached to this email. Use these resources if you need support. You are not alone!
10) Take care of your people. Look around you for others who may need support. Reach out and check on them.