Tackling Empty Nest Syndrome
Sending your children to university is a bittersweet period for many parents. You’re delighted for your children, of course, but the emptiness in your home can be difficult to deal with. According to Family Lives, a charity that runs a counselling helpline, the beginning of term brings an increase in calls from nervous mothers and fathers who are struggling to cope with the fact their child has skipped off to university. It is an anxious and troubling time, and ’empty nest syndrome’ is a real problem for a number of parents.
What is ’empty nest syndrome’?
Empty nest syndrome refers to feelings of depression, sadness and sometimes grief experienced by parents and caregivers after children leave their childhood homes. This may occur when children go to university or get married, for example.
Empty nest syndrome is not a clinical diagnosis, but rather describes a transition period in which many people experience feelings of loneliness or loss. While as a parent you encourage their children to become independent adults, the experience of sending children off into the world can be emotional. To add to the stress, when children leave the home parents may be going through other significant life events as well, like menopause or caring for elderly parents.
Tackling Empty Nest Syndrome
To tackle empty nest syndrome, you first have to understand why you are feeling the way you are.
Feelings of sadness and loss are normal when a child leaves the home. A parent may miss the companionship or daily contact they had with a child and may experience a sense of loneliness in their absence. Here are a few ideas for tackling empty nest syndrome…
Find Your Passion
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Think about all the hobbies you’ve wanted to do when you were younger, but didn’t you didn’t have time! Do you like to bake? Have you thought about writing a book? Want to learn how to paint? It is a good idea to finally pursue your passion in life and turn it into a everyday activity!
Develop A New Routine
Now that you’re not solely responsible for a child, your days are more freed up, why not try something different. Go out for a morning jog, read the morning paper – jiust try doing something new. Develop a new routine that will help ease the Empty Nest Syndrome.
Start A New Career
Now that you have no children in the house, have you decided to go back to school? Whether it is attending class part time or trying the online school route, it is time to take care of the dream career you may have put on hold to raise your children. Now is the time to go after your dream career.
As a mum or dad who has children who’ve gone to university, you are likely to understand the need to nurture and support a child’s education. Being ambitious for the children in your care and enthusiastic for their further or higher education, means you may make a wonderful foster parent! If you think that your empty nest could become a loving home for children who can’t be cared for by their birth family, then contact Lorimer today and find out more!