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Apr
28
Teens and social isolation due to COVID. How to help your teen to cope with social isolation in 4 steps.
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Teens and social isolation due to COVID. How to help your teen to cope with social isolation in 4 steps.



Teens and social isolation have been around a long time however due to COIVD we have seen an increase of teens who normally were social now are not. The teens are not choosing in to be alone but are being placed on restrictions due to COVID. As a parent, you might find this challenging and having a hard time yourself with dealing with your isolation and your teens isolation. During theses times we are facing how can I help my teen you might ask? As a Cognitive behavior therapist, I would ask for the parent to reflect on how they might be displaying their own coping skills or lack of coping skills. It is important as parents that we reflect on how we are responding as our teens are watching. Let your teen know this works for me. For example, a breathing exercise, a walk outside, listening to my favorite music loud etc. Sometimes letting your teens know that you are also experiencing sadness as well or having to find new ways to interact with friends, so they see they are not alone. So here are four steps to help:



  1. Do not overreact to when your teen might snap at you. Instead take a moment before you respond. Show the teen that you care and understand that this is a hard time for everyone and that things will get better.

  2. Keep boundaries and consistency in the home

  3. Let the teens have more screen time if this means they are talking with friends etc.

  4. Listen to them