This has been an incredibly stressful time for many, we encourage you to explore the following resources to take care of your mental health and overall well being. We cannot begin to imagine what a relief this decision means for your life. Continue to care for yourself. The information below provides tips for managing the emotional and spiritual well-being of yourself and others.
Build a support network. Celebrate this moment with people you trust. Don’t be afraid to lean on the trusted people in your life — friends, family members, teachers, coworkers. Reach out to your local organization that works with the immigrant community — they may hold events or point you in the right direction.
Do an activity you enjoy. There has been a lot of build up, including fears and anxieties, that brought us to this moment. Take some time to relax. “Self-care” can be as small as doing a hobby that brings us happiness, and makes us feel good about ourselves. If you need ideas, try reaching out to a friend, journaling, or trying an activity you loved when you were younger. You deserve access to love and joy.
Take a few deep breaths. Breathing slowly and deeply sends a message to our brain to calm down and ease tension in our body. Try the 4-7-8 breathing method. Breathe in slowly while counting to 4. Hold your breath and count to 7 in your head. Breathe all the air out of your lungs for a count of 8. Repeat 7-10 times.
We encourage you to check out German Cadenas’ Guide on Coping with Immigration Related Stress. He includes reflective exercises and other tools you can use to manage your wellbeing.