By CPN Behavioral Health Department
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services
We’re virtually here to help!
Take a look around. No, I mean really, take a look around! Now look further. Open your curtains, and look through your windows! I don’t mean that figuratively; I mean that very literally. We can do a lot of things with our surroundings that can help break up the monotony of the day and our current shelter-in-place routines.
Throughout our days, we have a number of cues that help guide us in how we behave. For a lot of us, it something like turning on the TV used as a cue for getting a snack (for me, it’s chips — almost never a healthy vegetable!), or we associate getting some sleep with turning on waterfall sounds. Sometimes it’s sleeping all day that we associate with past states of sadness and depression, but sometimes it’s opening our windows to tell us it’s going to be a good day. In times like these when our social supports can seem limited, it may be helpful to find the things that tell us it just might be a good day today.
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.