As the violence in the Middle East continues, it carries a rippling effect across the world--impacting students across the Penn community and beyond. We are all likely experiencing a range of emotional discomfort.
We know that times like these can bring up many emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger, frustration, fear, loneliness, and grief. If you are feeling any of these emotions, know that it is normal and that you are not alone. Wellness at Penn is here to support you and help you manage your wellbeing.
Tips for Coping with World News and Events
Share your feelings
It is okay to feel a mix of many different emotions. Sharing your feelings with a trusted family member, friend, therapist, or religious leader can help you feel less alone and more empowered to cope.
Take breaks from the news and social media
Our lives are inundated with information that can feel overwhelming at times. Remember that you are in control and can set boundaries around your media consumption, including who and what you follow, how you receive notifications, and when it is time to unplug.
Maintain a self-care routine
During times of uncertainty, finding ways to maintain a routine can help our minds and bodies cope. Eat three meals a day, maintain a regular sleep schedule, connect with nature, make a gratitude list, and remember to try to enjoy the simple things.
Connect with others
Remember that we all need human connection and community to thrive. Be sure to check in with others and share how you’re feeling with those trusted sources around you.
- When emotions run high
- Preparing for dialogue in anticipation of difficult moments
- Mindfulness practices to release tension
Sources of Support
Wellness at Penn: Student Health and Counseling
- Call 215-746-WELL (9355) to speak with a medical or mental health provider 24/7.
- Visit a mental health professional at one of our Let’s Talk locations across campus.
- Visit our Caring for Yourself and Others: Stress, Distress, and Crisis page.
- How to Cope With Safety Threats in Your Community or the World: If you're coping with threats of violence due to social or political upheaval, conflict, or war, use these tips to manage stress and anxiety.
- Religious Bullying: How to Get Help and Cope: Your religion and religious community might be a safe haven for you and a source of hope and strength, which is why it can be confusing and painful when it’s the reason others are treating you badly.
- Protecting Your Mental Health From Violent Content Online: follow these six steps to protect your mental health from violent videos and images.
- Coping Tips for Traumatic Events and Disasters: Coping strategies include preparation, self-care, and identifying support systems.
- If you are concerned about online harassment and bullying, such as doxing, cyberbullying, and trolling, visit Penn's Online Harassment page.
Get Immediate Help in Crisis
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 (24/7): https://www.crisistextline.org.