7 Tips on How to Deal with Empty Nest Syndrome ...

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Many parents find it difficult to deal with empty nest syndrome, but keep this to themselves because they’re embarrassed to admit that they’re even suffering from it.

However, feeling like this is a natural part of life for any parent, but in some cases it can become a real psychological issue.2

Whichever it is for you, there’s absolutely no reason to be ashamed of it.

But how do you actually deal with empty nest syndrome?

1. Don’t Put Yourself down

If you beat yourself up about how you’re feeling, there’s no chance of you beginning to feel better.

You can’t really deal with empty nest syndrome until you’ve accepted your feelings and that it’s completely normal to feel that way.

Every parent goes through this at some point, and it’s not surprising, because your baby has been with you all those years, then suddenly they’re gone…

2. Let It Run Its Course

Just as important as accepting your feelings is accepting they’re going to be around for a while.

Don’t try and accelerate your recovery period;

just let the grieving process (because it is a kind of grieving process) happen naturally.

3. Stay Connected

Just because your kids aren’t living at home anymore doesn’t mean you never have to speak to them.2

You can text, call, email, or use social networks, while Skype and Facetime give you the option to video chat.

Don’t overdo it though.

You can’t deal with empty nest syndrome if you’re living in denial and talking to your kids for hours each day, and you’ll probably just annoy them too.

4. Keep Busy

Dealing with empty nest syndrome will be harder if you’re constantly thinking about how much you miss your child.2

Get active, work hard, and if you can, do some volunteering.

Helping someone else will satisfy your need to care and protect, and you’ll come away with a happy buzz that can leave you feeling good for days.

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