A British university felt compelled to remind its staff to eat, and told them to turn off the news in the wake of their assumed despair after Britain voted to leave the EU.
The University of Leeds posted an 850-word guide full of “strategies and tools” to deal with the political upset.
The special bulletin advised that shock, denial, anger and guilt – parts of the cycle of grief associated with bereavement – were normal and expected.
It also warned staff not to make a snap decision to flee the UK because of their disdain for the election result.
Officials from the Counselling and Psychological Support Service recommended switching off TV news to avoid having to deal with the realities of the world.
The guide said:
“Please try to manage your exposure to the news, don’t have it on all the time, if possible, and bear in mind that others might not be able to tolerate it (especially if they are in Denial see above). If you receive a lot of news shocks your body is likely to experience fear, we have autonomic survival responses to fear (fight, flight, freeze), these are survival responses and very useful, but not the best states to process information.”
It included sections on eating and sleeping, making the important point that the hard work of rallying against Brexit can hardly be done on an empty stomach.
“Even if you are keen to lobby and campaign you still need the energy to do so”, it said.
A final section also reminded university workers it might not be wise to carry out hasty promises to abandon the UK completely – common amongst Remain voters.
“A good decision includes using both your mind and your emotions”, it advised.
The unintentionally hilarious strategy guide was published in mid-August – around six weeks after the referendum result – but only came to light outside of the university community recently.
It seems to demonstrate the snowflake, safe-space epidemic spreading from the student body into faculty, whom administrators assume are unable to deal with contemporary politics unaided.