Teenage Social Distancing By Leo Carter
I have been fortunate to work with teens for quite some time. It’s very important for us to understand that social distancing, to slow the spread of COVID-19, can be especially hard for those who may feel cut off from friends. Many also face big let downs as graduations, proms, sports seasons, college visits and other long-planned events are cancelled or postponed.
You may feel sad, depressed, hopeless, nervous or angry, during the COVID-19 pandemic and may need more support. Because we can’t be sure when things will return to some type of normalcy, if your social and emotional health appears to be deteriorating, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Be aware of the signs such as frequent irritability, changes in weight or sleep habits, repeated thoughts about an unpleasant event and conflicts with friends and family. Stay connected to friends and loved ones during social distancing by phone, text, video chat, or social media. In fact, it should be encouraged. Use caution and refrain from posting personal information online. Remember, we haven’t mastered being quarantined, because none of us was alive during the 1917 pandemic, and it’s okay that this is a learning experience for all of us. It’s an ideal time to strengthen the family unit.
However, at this historic time in our country, we are asked to do something that should be easy ..., and that is spending time with our loved ones.