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Abandonment Anxiety

You’re Not Alone: Reframing Abandonment Anxiety

It’s been months, and many of us have yet to return to “life as normal”.

As human beings, we know that we all crave connection.

What happens when that connection is taken away from you for an extended period of time?

COVID-19 has brought with it many things, the least of which are feelings of disappointment, anxiety, and even abandonment. It might be easy to see yourself as being left, but it’s also possible that your loved ones are feeling the same way!

The truth is, you are not alone. There are people around who wish to connect with you, and creatively we can get through COVID-19 together.

If you’ve been struggling with feelings of loneliness lately, chances are the current state of the world has probably brought up some old feelings. Not to mention how challenging it is for friends to connect with you in the same way as before.

We have a few tips and tricks to help you view the situation differently, and hopefully ease your anxiety!

Ask yourself if it’s possible they’re just busy.

It’s easy to say “They left me”. But have you ever taken on too much? Or been overwhelmed because of the coronavirus? It’s possible that they’re just busy, and will respond to you when they’re able.

Put your phone down.

Breathe in deeply through your nose for five seconds, and out through your mouth for five seconds. Repeat this 5x, and then go for a walk. Sometimes, you just need to get out of your head to gain a new perspective.

Ask yourself what you would do if you were together.

It’s easy to feel lonely and abandoned if you’re sitting by yourself dwelling on what you could be doing together. You’re worth spending time with, and it’s okay to enjoy things on your own! Order dinner from your favorite restaurant to-go, or rent a movie!

Feelings of anxiety are real, and they can happen to anyone.

If you’re having a difficult time getting those feelings under control, or could just use someone to talk to- give us a call!

Our texting hotline is available from 7-10 PM/ 7 days a week. Our kind and compassionate clinicians would love to help you in any way they can.

Call: 716.710.5172
Text: 585.543.1015

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