Teenage So­cial Dis­tanc­ing By Leo Carter

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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.

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