Support for Political Stress


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Strategies for Finding Peace

With stress related to the pandemic, social unrest, economic concerns, and natural disasters, the world's current events have challenged us all! We want you to know that CAPS is here to support you. CAPS services are for every University of Arizona student, including students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, political affiliation, ages, religions, abilities, and sizes. We welcome you.

Try these strategies:

  • Mind Your Time & Energy
  • Focus on What Really Matters
  • Have Constructive Conversations
  • Empower Yourself
  • Create Little Moments of Peace

Mind Your Time & Energy

All of us are coping with multiple layers of stress, which can leave us feeling depleted. Mind your energy by being intentional about how you spend your time.


Practice good self-care to help maintain your resilience in stressful times. Sleep, nutrition, and enjoyable movement are a great place to start. Include leisure time and other activities that help you feel mentally, physically, and emotionally balanced in your daily routine.


  • Set intentional time for media consumption, limit scrolling
  • Filter feeds to positive content, limiting posts that may cause stress
  • Read stories from trusted sources and be cautious of misinformation on social
  • Avoid news right before bedtime
  • Turn off notifications and avoid reading comments as needed
  • Know when to engage and when to let it go. 
  • Accept that you may need to agree to disagree.

(adapted from @afspnational)


Put your energy where it will make the biggest impact and have the most meaning in your life.

  • Prioritize wellness
  • Notice what drains you
  • Focus on constructive conversations
  • Take care of yourself after hard conversations

Focus on What Matters Most

Have Constructive Conversations

It can be tricky to navigate conversations about politics with family and friends. Two people can have a very different inner experience of the same situation or issue, which can lead to misunderstandings and tension. 


Tips for Making a Difficult Conversation Constructive:

  • Don't debate if you're not in the right mental or emotional state. 
  • Avoid taking an "us vs. them" approach by staying mindful of personal comments and generalizations.
  • Remain open to learning where another person's perspective comes from even if you don't agree. 
  • Remain aware of your personal triggers and what you can do to self-soothe.
  • Decide whether a conversation is going to be meaningful or constructive. 
  • Pay attention to how you feel during the conversation, and take the steps you need to remain composed and decompress after if needed.

Empower Yourself

Create Little Moments of Peace

Take your mind off the news and let everything be okay for just a minute by creating little moments of peace for yourself. Get outside and take a walk. Read a book. Practice a meditation. Call a friend. Doodle. Take a shower. Listen to an inspiring talk.  

For more ideas, try these: