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Empty Nest Syndrome

Empty Nest Syndrome

Empty nest syndrome is a feeling of grief and loneliness parents may feel when their children leave home for the first time. Some common situations are – when children leave to live on their own or to attend a college or university.

Most parents are likely to be affected by empty nest syndrome, though some factors can create a predisposition to it. Adults who are facing various stressful events in life such as menopause, moving away or retirement, the death of spouse are more likely to experience this syndrome. Some common conditions associated with empty nest syndrome are – sadness, loneliness, sense of loss of purpose, feelings of rejection, depression, stress and anxiety over the child’s welfare.

Empty nest syndrome

Empty nest syndrome is not a clinical diagnosis and women are more likely to be affected than men. Parents who experience empty nest syndrome are often concerned with if they have properly prepared their child to live independently. Parents in empty nest frequently face new situations to cope with, such as having to find other ways to occupy their free time, lack of sympathy from people who believe that parents should be happy when their children leave home and establishing a new kind of relationship with their children.

Prepare yourself

The first thing you need to do is get yourself prepared. You know this time would come sooner or later and you cannot stop it. So take control of your mind as well as your subconscious instead of getting affected. Also try to have positive thoughts and be satisfied as you done an excellent job raising your kid.

Stay connected

We are living in the age of globalization. So no worry however far your child is, you can always speak to them and see them whenever you want. Keep contact with them on a regular basis. Be sure to have supporting and encouraging conversations. They may not be in your home but you can reach them whenever you want.

Get a hobby

Fortunately you have got a lot of time for yourself and so make the best out of it. Try to invest in something you have wanted for long but didn’t have time for. This is the moment for that. Do whatever you want to do or find out something that not only makes you happy but also keep you busy.

Engage with your partner

Now more that ever you have the best chance to reconnect with your partner after many years. Often it’s hard to manage enough time to get to our spouse when kids are around. It’s also hard to manage a vacation while looking after your kid. Utilize this time and get lost in your early days of love.

Share your feelings

Discuss your feelings with your partner, colleague and friends. It will help to overcome your mixed emotions. Besides this way you get a chance to talk about your child which will give you a contentment that you haven’t thought of.

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