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How to cope with an “empty nest”

When the holidays are over , it's time to say goodbye to our children so they can go to college, and as parents, that emptiness in our homes and hearts comes to us; This feeling is known as "empty nest syndrome". We share some tips to make it easier to cope with it.

When the holidays are over, it’s time to say goodbye to our children so they can go to college, and as parents, that emptiness in our homes and hearts comes to us; This feeling is known as “empty nest syndrome”. Here are some tips to make it easier to cope with it.

Going to university is the beginning of a very special stage of life. 
Photo: Abby Chung

Assimilate it

It’s time to help your children at that time, such as moving or what it takes to go to college, without relying on your own experience or expectation. Remember that change is the constant in life.

New hobbies

Maybe you will have more free time than usual, take the opportunity to resume those old hobbies that you had or go to that class that you have always wanted to do. This way you keep your mind busy and you are not thinking in a vacuum.

Go out and have fun

As we said in the previous point, having a busy mind helps us a lot. Try to find activities that relate to more people, loneliness is very harmful. Go back to coffee visits with friends or visit the dance class with more people. Relating is the best way not to miss.

Go out dancing, meet people, do something new! 
Photo: Rodnae Productions

Leave your comfort zone

When we have new experiences we are excited to be doing new activities and leave our comfort zone. Get out of your rut!

Keep in touch

Of course, you can keep in touch with your children but everything has a limit. They can make a video call so that he can show you his new room or have a family group where he can be sending photos, but remember that he is starting his university life and you have to give him space.

Therapy

It can also be very helpful to go to therapy with a professional, to get rid of that emptiness, frustration, or sadness. There are the traditional options, like going to an office, and the new virtual appointments.

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