What is your sense of identity comprised of? Sometimes the answer can surprise you. Are you experiencing a feeling of sadness or even depression now that your youngest is out of the house? Maybe you’re finding it difficult to re-adjust to an empty home?
What is empty nest syndrome?
Having a child leave to school or to build a home of their own can be a bittersweet experience. There are a lot of changes that you may not have thought of about before.
It may be much quieter at home now, and you will need to figure out how to fill that silence. You may suddenly feel estranged from your identity as a mom.
You may find yourself feeling more stressed and anxious than usual.
While not a clinical term, the term “empty nest syndrome” is used to describe a fairly common phenomenon. It is more usual in women than men, but both parents can experience it on some level.
An “empty nest” can feel desolate and depressing to you as a parent.
Learning to adjust to an empty nest
While the beginning can be rocky, having an empty nest can bring a lot of positive changes into your life. You may find the time and space to refocus on hobbies and interests you’ve long forgotten about.
Spending more time with your friends and your spouse can bring new meaning into long-term relationships you may not have had the time to really cultivate.
You may find a surprisingly positive shift in your relationship with your children as well. With their newfound independence, they may come to understand and appreciate you in a different way from when they lived at home.
How therapy can help
Navigating a complex mix of emotions that may include pride, sadness, and nostalgia, can be difficult to do on your own.
In our sessions together, I will help guide you through your feelings so that you can find new meaning and clarity.
Reach out today
Life transitions are tough. You don’t have to struggle on your own. For compassionate and effective therapy, reach out today. You can call or fill out the contact form and click send.