Awaiting the Presidential Election Results

Dear Colleague,

Yesterday, we witnessed a historic outpouring of civic engagement as millions of people’s votes began to be counted in our local and national elections. While so many of us anxiously await the final results of the presidential election, it is important to remember that longer wait times for results indicate our democracy is working. We know that it is important to allow election officials to take the time they need to count every vote.  

In an already stressful time, not yet knowing the outcome of the election may bring additional anxiety into our lives. As we wait to learn more about the results, here are some post-election self-care tips to help you during this time: 

  • Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings 
  • Identify what is not in your ability to control 
  • Attend to the things in your ability to control 
  • Set boundaries around social media and news consumption 
  • Minimize interactions that are stressful 
  • Seek out and use supportive resources 
  • Eat healthy foods 
  • Be physically active 
  • Get rest 

As always, employees seeking emotional or mental support may access resources through the state Employee Assistance Program (877-313-4455) and students may access services at the Counseling Center (206-546-4594). 

Whatever the final outcome of the presidential election is, we know some people may be left with feelings of anxiety, fatigue, grief, or even cynicism. Whatever you’re feeling, know that you are not alone. Give yourself and others an extra dose of compassion as we make our way forward together. 


Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
Office of the President

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