By CPN Behavioral Health Department
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services
We’re virtually here to help!
Turn off your phone! Okay, we understand that doing something like that is not always realistic in this day and age, but maybe try to work in times when that is possible. Most of us use our phones, tablets, and computers all day, and at times, well into the night. Technology can be very useful, but it can also cause some unnecessary worry. Consider limiting time on your devices when you notice you are feeling overwhelmed by the news about COVID-19 — or other news for that matter. I think we can all agree that sometimes news sites are not upbeat places to visit.
When you notice yourself spending significant amounts of time (which can be different lengths of time for different people) reading about the news, take a break.
If you have trouble deciding how much is too much, ask yourself: Is this still helpful? Am I able to function better after reading for the past 15 minutes? Has this eased my worry so I can be safer?
If the answer is no, consider taking a break from your phone for a specific amount of time. Set a timer for 10, 15, 30 or 60 minutes. Or consider taking a break from the news or social media for that amount of time and do other things on your phone.
Of course, you can always check with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov with questions and helpful information during this time. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or text CONNECT to 741741, or online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.