Relationships and connections to others are a vital part of our lives, health, and happiness. Connections with friends and family can be especially crucial to youth development, leading to better overall mental health. However, relationships for many young people have taken a hit during the pandemic.
COVID-19 has left many youth and adolescents struggling to maintain their relationships like they did pre-pandemic. Suddenly teens found themselves relying on technology as their primary, and sometimes the only, form of communication with their peers, teachers, and other people in their lives. The result of which left many young people feeling isolated and withdrawn.
Staying connected during COVID-19 may feel challenging, but it’s essential to prioritize these relationships. As a loved one, consider practicing the following guidelines to help support the youth in your life. Focus on implementing as many of them as you can.