We are as human beings, one of the most social of species and social connection is essential for our health and our well-being.
COVID-19 has had devastating effects on our need for human connection due to restrictions that have been put in place to protect us and to keep the vulnerable and the elderly safe. In some cases, families are now living with the fact that they have not been able to see each other for months and now this looks likely to continue and there is so much uncertainty ahead. Some families are separated by living in a different country with little prospect of traveling to visit each other.
When we haven’t been able to get together in person, we have become more proficient at catching up via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, and, for some, the telephone. Staying connected can make a big difference in helping us manage the feelings of stress caused by being separated.
However, for some this enforced separation from loved ones can be extremely challenging. There is a fear, often in the middle of the night, that they may never see them in person again and are living with a real sense of loss. We are living in unpredictable times and can feel very apprehensive about the future.
How hypnotherapy can help with separation anxiety
When we are dealing with any type of loss there isn’t always a right or wrong way to respond. I can help you with ways to manage negative feelings that cause separation anxiety and help you to shift your focus.
Tough times can often make us feel very overwhelmed and out of balance. Hypnotherapy has a healing and restorative effect. It can help you to manage the negative narrative of your thoughts and train your mind to feel calmer in order to develop resilience. Physical time apart from loved ones doesn’t affect the strength of the relationship, so being aware of this and feeling grateful can help you to feel connected still.
The power of human connection creates a sense of belonging and now more than ever, we all need dependable and emotional support. So do take the initiative and reach out if you are struggling with separation anxiety due to the pandemic. When we feel supported, anxiety lessens and we find inner peace.