#WaitinginTheUnknown: A series of programs and strategies to cope with pre-election anxieties and post-election stress

Pandemic. Social injustice. Financial uncertainty. Now add a high-stakes presidential election.

In October 2020, being extra stressed out needs no explanation – we all have more to worry about than at any time in recent memory.

The College’s Wellness Committee, which includes students, faculty and staff, is aiming to provide some comfort during this difficult time with a new #WaitingInTheUnknown initiative.

It’s more than just a hashtag – it’s a series of wellness programs, self-help suggestions, uplifting storytelling and other resources designed to hold a space for New Paltz students to process the stress of modern times.

The initiative launches next week on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and will run through Nov. 9. The schedule will focus on anxieties related to the 2020 election, with the goal of helping students and other community members cope with uncertainty, fear, anxiousness, alone-ness and just generally feeling unsettled.

Students can find details about all the #WaitingInTheUnknown events in Engage. Some upcoming highlights include:

Coping with Election Stress 2020
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Finding Steady Ground with Art Therapy
Thursday, Oct. 29, 12 p.m.

Shadow Boxing
Thursday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m.

Sunset Yoga
Friday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.

Halloween Zumba
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m.

Turning Back the Clocks: One Hour-with Intention
Sunday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m.

The #WaitingInTheUnknown team is also looking to hear ideas from our community (students, faculty staff and alumni are all welcome to share!) about how we can better help you deal.

Interested in pitching a program or project? Please contact Wellness & Recreation Associate Director Christina Cordier Purdy at cordierc@newpaltz.edu.