Practicing social distancing does not come easily to teenagers. Risking becoming what may be perceived as an ‘outcast’ is probably one of the biggest punishments a teen may feel. So how can you maintain your teen’s mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak?
Anxiety is an essential emotion we all feel in response to a threat. It will bring about a response that affects all parts of our body, our thinking, and our behaviour. When anxiety is managed it can be helpful – allowing us to harness its protective nature to spur us into positive health management.
This will build their confidence in their ability to protect themselves and learn to take responsible action.
These may make them overestimate dangers, leading to difficulties such as over-thinking and over worrying so talk through any negative thoughts with them and try overcome them together. This means providing them with facts to minimise fear. Make sure these facts are from a trusted, scientific source.
This could be through the news, social media and online. Misinformation spreads fast and an ‘infodemic’ is as unhealthy to the mind as a pandemic may be to a nation.