Coping with separation from family and friends during COVID-19CCoping with separation from family and friends during COVID-19Coping with separation from family and friends during COVID-19EnglishPsychiatryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAConditions and diseasesAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-04-14T04:00:00Z8.0000000000000061.7000000000000479.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about some ways you can help your child or adolescent to cope and stay connected with family and friends while they are separated from them.</p><p>Many children and adolescents are separated from their family and friends due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not being able to have visitors or not having play dates with friends can make children and adolescents feel isolated.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Not being able to see family and friends can make children and adolescents feel isolated.</li><li>There are many coping skills and strategies that can be used to help children and adolescents manage stressful experiences.</li><li>It is important to make sure children and adolescents have opportunities for age-appropriate social interactions with their family and friends.</li></ul>

 

 

 

 

Coping with separation from family and friends during COVID-193868.00000000000Coping with separation from family and friends during COVID-19Coping with separation from family and friends during COVID-19CEnglishPsychiatryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAConditions and diseasesAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-04-14T04:00:00Z8.0000000000000061.7000000000000479.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about some ways you can help your child or adolescent to cope and stay connected with family and friends while they are separated from them.</p><p>Many children and adolescents are separated from their family and friends due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not being able to have visitors or not having play dates with friends can make children and adolescents feel isolated.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Not being able to see family and friends can make children and adolescents feel isolated.</li><li>There are many coping skills and strategies that can be used to help children and adolescents manage stressful experiences.</li><li>It is important to make sure children and adolescents have opportunities for age-appropriate social interactions with their family and friends.</li></ul> <p>Coping involves using skills or strategies to manage stressful experiences. Ways of coping come in all shapes and sizes. Some examples of coping skills and strategies include distraction, self-soothing strategies, mindfulness activities, and using positive self-statements.</p><h2>Give one of these a try!</h2><ul><li>Create a photo album of your favorite activities and/or memories.</li><li>Share funny stories or memories.</li><li>Write a story where you are the main character and ask someone else to make up an ending to the story.</li><li>Make a play list of your favorite songs that remind you of family and friends.</li><li>Take a mental vacation. For example, imagine your favorite place and who would be there with you.</li><li>Relax your body from your head to your toes.</li><li>Ask yourself, what would I tell my best friend right now?</li><li>Share your weather report. For example, I feel like a storm is coming.</li><li>Mindfully listen to a favorite song.</li><li>Draw a picture of your favorite person, animal, or place.</li></ul><p>Remaining connected to family and friends is another way to cope with stressful experiences. Due to COVID-19, it may be more challenging to meaningfully connect with family and friends, so we must be creative!</p><h2>Creative ways to stay connected</h2><ul><li>Schedule a time each day to connect with parents, siblings, extended family members, and friends through a phone or video call.</li><li>Enjoy a virtual meal with family members or friends.</li><li>Give each child in the family the same stuffed animal, so that no matter how far away they are from each other or how long they are separated, they can feel connected through an invisible string that connects the stuffed animals to each other.</li><li>Have your child draw pictures or write letters to siblings, family members, and friends.</li><li>Work with your child to create a fabric “hug” for a loved one by writing special messages or drawing pictures on a blanket. Do not forget to wash the blanket before sending it!</li><li>Plan virtual social gatherings with family and friends such as story time or comic book club!</li><li>Record favorite songs or story books sung or read by a loved one. This can provide comfort and assist with establishing a routine.</li><li>Encourage your child to start a blog and invite family and friends to follow them.</li><li>Send funny pictures and text messages to make your family and friends laugh!</li></ul> https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Coping_with_separation_from_family_and_friends_during_COVID-19.jpgCoping with separation from family and friends during COVID-19False