The Counseling Center is partnering with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to host a drop-in space for those in our community who are dealing with anxiety and stress as a result of uncertainty around recent proposed changes to immigration policy. Each Thursday at 4 p.m., Counseling Center staff will be available in the ISSS Multipurpose Room in the Turner Student Services Building. Students who are not able to come at this time can also make an individual appointment at the Counseling Center. Appointments are offered on a same-day basis by calling 217-333-3704. We recommend calling when phone lines open at 7:50 a.m. as appointments tend to fill early.
For those who may be struggling with stress and anxiety, we offer the following tips:
- Explore the specific thoughts that are causing you anxiety. If you feel comfortable, talk with those who are close to you about your fears and frustrations. If your anxiety feels overwhelming, you may want to consider speaking with a mental health professional about strategies for managing what you’re feeling. The Counseling Center provides assistance for students, and the Faculty Staff Assistance Program is here for faculty and staff.
- Prioritize self-care. High levels of stress can make it more difficult to be well in general. When you’re experiencing a particularly stressful situation, it’s important to take care of yourself. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep, exercising, eating well, and drinking plenty of fluids. Self-care also includes making time for things that bring you happiness and connecting with others who are supportive.
- Limit media consumption. It’s tempting to stay glued to the internet or television for the latest news, but in a 24-hour news cycle, the same information often is repeated. Hearing the same
things on repeat serves little value and may actually cause more stress. Read just enough to stay
informed and try to unplug from social media—especially from sources that may present information
in a way that’s hurtful or biased.
- Channel your concerns to make a positive difference. Stress and anxiety about what might
happen may not be productive. Consider volunteering in your community, advocating for rights, or
joining a local group.
The Counseling Center has also created a handout with these tips and other resources.