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How to Cope with Empty Nest Syndrome
When their last child leaves home, many parents will experience feelings of loss and sadness. This phenomenon is known as empty nest syndrome, and while it isn't a clinical diagnosis, it can be challenging to cope with. Though your child is headed out into the world to start their life and be more independent, it's still a significant change for you too, but some positives can come out of this time in your life and there are healthy ways to cope.
Whether it's feelings of sudden loss or concerns for your child, here are a few tips for coping with empty nest syndrome:
- Stay in touch and keep a close relationship with your child through visits, calls, and texts.
- Try to see the silver lining and stay positive - take advantage of this time. Most parents eventually find that after their last child has flown the coop, they can dedicate more time to their marriage and rekindle things they lost. It's also the perfect time to consider your own interests and hobbies, taking time to do something you haven't been able to.
- Seek help from a mental health professional if you continue to struggle with these feelings or feel depressed. Therapy is an excellent resource for you to simply have someone to talk to and share your feelings openly with.