Starting a new chapter as an empty nester can be a little overwhelming, we are on a roller coaster of emotions and it is good to sort it out. But first, let’s clarify what we can get through.
is a feeling of grief and loneliness parents may feel when their children leave home for the first time, such as to live on their own or to attend a college or university. It is not a clinical condition.
Having an understanding of it gives us the realization that…
As you read through the five symptoms of the empty nest syndrome, remember that these are just symptoms and they CAN be reversed and that is what we are here to guide you through.
Becoming an empty nester can stir up a variety of emotions. You may be feeling:
Whatever you feel is OK. Trying to deny your pain or suppressing your sadness won’t make it go away, and could even make it worse by causing it to spring up at the wrong time or place.
Loneliness is the state of being alone and feeling sad about it. You can suddenly burst into tears as you clean your child’s room or come across his favorite movie.
One of the roots of loneliness is the change in life. As your child is moving out or going to college, it is important to recognize the change and grieve it.
The consequence of loneliness will lead to a disconnection with others, yourself, and isolation, it might develop into depression.
As your child is living his/her own life, you cannot control and supervise it anymore. This lack of control leads to anxiety, anger, and frustration.
Although you have the best intentions, your adult child may resent what they see as an intrusion into their new independent life.
Your role now should be one of an advisor rather than a constant source of instruction or correction in their life.
As your child is leaving, you can feel rejected and it hurts. Separation doesn’t mean rejection. It needs to be processed to avoid anxiety and depression.
Now the hustle and bustle of raising kids is a thing of the past. Despite your friends, family, work, and other activities, your days may still feel a bit empty.
Now that you have read through these. Take a moment for yourself and assess where you are at. Below is a list of ideas to take the first steps to overcome the empty nest.
For many years I studied and applied in my daily life the principles of Yoga & Ayurveda. I am a Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness Consultant, and Mindful leader.
4 years ago as we dropped our firstborn to college I asked myself “My kid left home, Now what?”
Rich with this knowledge, I decided that I didn’t want to feel that way anymore. Especially because I have a second son. I created my own transformation.
Today I can share with you that we dropped our second son at college and I am celebrating and looking forward to this new chapter in my life.
Now, I want to share my knowledge and wisdom with you.
Written by Sophie Malahieude
Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant