Not sure what to do now that your kids are gone? Is the house feeling eerily quiet and empty? Check out this video and grab a few tips on how to turn 'empty nest syndrome' into an opportunity for some precious 'me time'. In no time at all, you will be adjusting into your new life without the kids around.
You Will Need:
* New goals
* Time to adjust
* Loved ones
* A hobby (optional)
* Professional help (optional)
Step 1: Look at the bright side
Look at this as the beginning of a new chapter of your life, one that allows you to be more self-indulgent.
Step 2: Give your child space
Resist the urge to cope with your feelings by nagging or making them feel guilty about leaving. Don't take advantage of their potential homesickness by suggesting they move back.
Step 3: Put yourself first
Make yourself your next project – those who do handle the transition better than parents who transfer all their attention to their spouse.
Don't do anything rash in the first few months, like sell your house.
Step 4: Do some soul-searching
Think back to dreams and goals you postponed when you become a parent. Now might be a good time to resurrect some of them.
Step 5: Get a hobby
Take up a new hobby or sport. If you're married, consider one you can do with your spouse.
Don't panic if you and your spouse don't seem to know what to talk about now that the kids are gone. This is extremely common, and most often temporary.
Step 6: Reach out to family members
Reconnect with family and friends, especially if you are a single parent now living alone.
If you have pets, give them some TLC. Veterinarians say the abrupt absence of a child is difficult on them, too.
Step 7: Get help
If you are still feeling extreme sadness after six months, consider getting professional help.