Taking Care of Yourself

When an act of bias or hate affects our community, you may experience a range of emotions, including anger, fear, isolation, stress, uncertainty and concern for your personal safety and that of others. Hate takes its toll, and we all need to be mindful about self-care in its wake.

Self Care Tips and Resources

Pay attention to your emotions. Share them with someone you trust. Connect with others. Support can help us get through painful times, find strength and renew our health.

You matter. Remember that. Prioritize self-care. And check-in on the people close to you. Eat well, exercise moderately, get sleep, relax.

Try to keep a normal routine to help you feel a sense of control and structure.

Consider taking periodic breaks from social media and the news.

Consider getting help. UMass has many resources to support you.

If you are a student, the Dean of Students Office, is your one stop shop for advice and support for managing challenging or crisis related matters. If you are not sure what you need, start there.

If you need someone to talk to confidentially, seek out our campus resources to support your mental wellness.

Consider joining a support or therapy groups to connect with others with shared identities and similar challenges.

If you don’t want to talk to someone one on one, support groups can offer a chance for connection and community. View all student support groups through the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

If you are concerned that the impact of hate is spreading to your academic work, talk to a success coachavailable through the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Student Success. They can work with you to create an individualized and comprehensive action plan for academic and personal success as well as connect you to resources to navigate challenges.

Faculty, staff, or students in need of additional support should consider contacting the University Ombuds Office where you can raise concerns and get support as well as advice on next steps.