Talking, physical activity, developing passions and interests, having the company of others, and maintaining a close relationship with your child will all help overcome empty nest syndrome. Use these tips!
What is empty nest syndrome?
Raising children is a very difficult, but beautiful and rewarding stage. Unfortunately, eventually there comes a time when they leave home – go to college, work, start a family
Often in such a situation parents feel sadness, melancholy, it is difficult for them to reconcile and find themselves in a new reality. It is completely normal to miss the everyday life with children, which, after all, lasted for many, many years
We have prepared a list of activities that you should undertake to get through this stage as smoothly as possible and discover the joy of new things and time just for you and your partner.
Strengthen your relationship with your partner
Whether you are married or living in a partnership, now is the time to take care of your relationship.
Talking, sharing hobbies and pastimes, enjoying your intimate life. This is a great time to get closer to each other and fuel the feeling and bond that has brought you together.
Get physically active
In this case, it is absolutely not about suddenly starting multi-mile runs, gym workouts or other grueling activities. The key is simply the proverbial “get moving”.
Movement is not only good for your physical health, but also for your mental health. The most important thing is to find the right sport for you. You can choose walking, marching, swimming, cycling, dancing, yoga, Pilates and many others.
Fill your free time
With the kids moving out, you find that you have a lot of free time that you need to fill somehow so you don’t feel empty and sad, especially if you no longer go to work.
Apart from the aforementioned activities, it’s a good idea to think about what makes you happy and just do it. Do you like reading books? Read. Take care of plants? Go ahead. Write stories? The keyboard awaits. Cook? The kitchen is open. You can do things you didn’t have time or energy for before.
For those who lack company and feel a bit lonely, we recommend all kinds of neighbourhood clubs, universities of the third age, courses and workshops, for example at the local community centre.
There you will find people with similar interests and of a similar age. Perhaps they are also trying to overcome the empty nest syndrome.
You don’t stop being a parent
One thing is for sure – even if your child has left home, you are still a parent and can still have a close relationship. If distance permits, you can visit each other, and the Internet now gives you the ability to talk and video chat at any time of the day or night.
Additionally, think positive. Your child is going out into the world, wants to be fulfilled in different fields, become independent and this should make you happy.
Finally, remember that if you are not coping with the whole situation and you feel that it is starting to overwhelm you, do not be afraid to seek professional help. Talking to a psychologist is in no way a reason to be ashamed.
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