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4 Ways Seniors Can Overcome Empty-Nest Syndrome

October 24, 2016

It seems like only yesterday you were holding your children in your arms as babies, changing their diapers, and watching them run and play around your house. They were so little and adorable, until they grew up. They became teenagers, young adults, then they moved out. The house that used to be bustling with chatter and excitement got very quiet. How do you get used to this new chapter in your life without succumbing to depression?

Here are 5 steps to take so that empty-nest syndrome won’t get the better of you:

1)   Plan ahead – If your child has told you ahead of time that he or she is moving out, great! That gives you and your kid time to not only plan the move, but also gives you time to figure out what you can do after the move. Pop into local events, see what causes you’d donate time for, and so on.

2)   Get a pet (if you don’t have one already)Click here to read the article we wrote about the many benefits of pet ownership for senior citizens. If you don’t already have a family pet, getting one of your own can help assuage or stave off any feelings of loneliness or depression you may have.

3)   Stay active – The sadness you feel from an empty nest won’t go away if you stay holed up in the empty house. It’s easy to get lost in TV or a computer, but it’s much more meaningful to go outside from time to time and breathe in the fresh air.

4)   Stay in touch – They may be adults, but they are still your babies! Their lives have definitely gotten busier, but they can spare some time to give you a call and visit on some weekends. Never lose contact, no matter how hectic schedules can get!

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