We’re virtually here to help!
By CPN Behavioral Health Department
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services
You may be asking yourself, “Why am I the only one who is still wearing a mask?”
For those of us still following recommendations of maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others, restricting social interactions and wearing a mask, it can be frustrating to look around and see so few others doing the same.
So, how can we deal with that frustration? First, we all need to remember that we can only be responsible for our dependents and ourselves. As long as we do what is recommended to keep us and those around us safe, we are doing our part. To steal a line from Oklahoma City Mayor, and citizen of the Osage Nation, David Holt, “Keep your distance, wash your hands, and wear your mask.” Keep reminding yourself that you cannot take care of everyone.
Second, try to relax. In some of the previous articles, we have addressed things to do like breathing exercises, taking a walk, changing our thoughts and many other things to help get to a place where we can think rationally.
Third, try not to judge, and try to understand. Those can be difficult tasks. Really make an effort to try to figure out how other people are thinking. When we feel irritated, frustrated or annoyed with other people, trying to understand them and their thoughts will certainly help reduce those feelings. Almost every time we feel one of these three feelings, it is because we do not understand something about where others are coming from.
So, while some people are not wearing masks and appear to be reluctant to heed warnings of medical professionals, what we can do right now is to follow those warnings ourselves and try to be understanding of those who do not. Understand that they are most often scared too and show it in a different way.
While trying to understand, remember those words urging us to keep our distance, wash our hands and wear a mask.
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.