Separation anxiety is when you feel nervous when you’re separated from a loved one, such as a primary caregiver or a partner.
Separation anxiety in babies usually starts at about eight months. By age two, toddlers begin to understand that their parents will return.
If separation anxiety continues into adulthood, one will be diagnosed with adult separation anxiety disorder.
It’s important to recognize the signs of separation anxiety. One can do this by talking with trusted family members, friends, a partner, or even mental health professionals.
A helpful coping mechanism is admitting and accepting that separation anxiety is a deep fear of letting go of loved ones.
Thinking about your strengths helps reduce separation anxiety. When away from a loved one, keep busy and remember the reunion will be sweet.
Clutter impacts daily living. Clearing your space can boost your mood and minimize worry.
Mindfulness routines, like yoga and meditation, can help you combat separation anxiety.