The empty nest syndrome is when you understand that your children have grown up and it’s time to let them go so that they can become adults and live their own lives. This process is painful for most parents and when it arrives, it often comes as a shock. Understanding and ultimately surviving the empty nest syndrome requires a parent to know that it is a transition like any other transition in life. Yes, it is an end but it is also a beginning. It can be a new phase in your life that can lead to happiness, new ways of thinking and doing and perhaps lead to some of the best years of your life.
There are things you can do that will not only help you survive the empty nest syndrome but also help you enjoy this next phase of your life such as keeping busy. For many parents, this is a time when they have additional spare time; time when they could go out and do something just for them–and no one else! Perhaps you could take a class, volunteer, start a new hobby or engage in something that makes you feel good about who you are. Or, you could take a vacation. How about going somewhere where you can relax, a place that is romantic and a place where you can enjoy this new stage of your life?
Another idea is to look at the empty space you now have. Maybe you could give that room a new coat of paint, decorate it with pictures, flowers or pieces of art. Or, you could turn it into a craft room or a room where you can get away from it all, relax and listen to some great music. Most importantly, just because your child or children are no longer around, doesn’t mean they won’t always need to talk or visit with you. How about creating some care packages for your son or daughter? This will not only make them feel good, but it will make you feel good, too.
Keep in mind, raising children is not easy and now that they are gone and on their own, feel good about what you and your mate have done. In addition, this is also a time in your life when you may need support. You can get through this phase of your life better with a little help from your friends and family.
To conclude, the empty nest syndrome is when your children are grown up and on their own. It doesn’t have to be depressing or difficult. By finding things to do such as going on a vacation, signing up for a class or remodeling your child’s room, you can make this transition smoother and more enjoyable. This is your time now! Enjoy it and make it the best years of your life!
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