As our society faces the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we often are experiencing difficult thoughts and emotions. For example, children and young adults are often experiencing separation anxiety as society is transitioning to re-open.
Separation anxiety often affects children and young adults when they become uneasy, nervous, and fearful when they are away from loved ones. This anxiety, such as feeling anxious about their parents’ well-being, experiencing nightmares, and other fears can surface from being away from family members, such as parents and other close individuals. This may be even more difficult to deal with during times of crisis, such as this pandemic.
Separation anxiety may occur in a number of circumstances as we start to reenter society, such as parents returning to the workplace after working from home, college students returning to campus, and children returning to school. Under these circumstances, we may be feeling uncomfortable and anxious about how to handle being separate from loved ones with whom we have been in quarantine for months.
Here are some helpful tips for managing separation anxiety.