When you have children, your life is defined by your role as a parent. It can be really difficult to adjust to a new way of life when your children move out. Some parents have an especially hard time dealing with this transition, and this experience is often referred to as ’empty nest syndrome’. This syndrome refers to the feelings of intense sadness and loss when a child leaves home. Those who experience empty nest syndrome feel lost and can really struggle to carry on with their day to day lives.
In today’s ‘Wellness Wednesday’ post, we’re sharing some tips on how you can manage the feelings associated with empty nest syndrome.
- Try new things.
The chances are that you have more time on your hands now, so use it to explore new hobbies or activities. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to volunteer for a local charity but haven’t had the time? Find something that you enjoy that gives your days meaning and purpose.
- Reconnect with others around you.
If you have a significant other, schedule quality, child-free time with them. Plan a date night and try a new activity together. You can also take the time to reconnect with friends, neighbours and family members.
- Practice self care.
Take the time to enjoy some alone time. Think about how you will have more time to read the books you’ve been meaning to, take up that hobby that you didn’t previously have time for, or just enjoy a long soak in the tub.
- Give yourself time to adjust.
Your child moving out of the family home is a big life transition, and you’re not going to adjust to it overnight. Let yourself feel sad for a while if that’s what you feel like you need to do.
- Keep in touch.
Technology means that staying in touch with our loved ones has never been easier. You can communicate with your child over text, video call, social media. Make a plan on when you’re going to meet up again.
- Talk to someone.
There’s no shame in experiencing empty nest syndrome, in fact, it’s very common. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family members or mental health professionals who will be able to help you.
Check out last week’s Wellness Wednesday all about navigating romantic relationships HERE