Showing posts with label Empty Nest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Empty Nest. Show all posts

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Tips for Dealing With Empty Nest Syndrome and Enjoying Your New Freedom

You've spent a large portion of your life taking care of your children. When they leave, it can lead to some serious feelings of emptiness or loneliness. 

It's almost like you are missing an arm when you don't have your children. However, this is not the end; this is the beginning of a new stage of your life. Here are some tips for dealing with empty nest syndrome and enjoying your new freedom.

Update Your Home

When the kids leave, you might not need all the room you once had. The big house can even feel empty and a little haunted. You may choose to sell your home

This lets you downsize into something more reasonably sized or more affordable. Selling also gives you the freedom to look at other areas where you might enjoy living.

Alternatively, you may decide to update the home to make it more comfortable for your new lifestyle. Get new furniture and decorations, and even consider making some renovations, such as adding a porch or a hot tub.

Maintain Communication

Though the kids are now out of the house, that does not mean that they are going to be out of your life. In fact, you may start to talk more than ever before. 

Make it a point to establish a time to communicate and visit with all of your children. You can also start traditions when everybody needs to make it home, especially around the holidays.

Get Help

It's okay to admit that this transition is difficult for you and that you could use some additional help. You do not need to be in pain all by yourself. 

In fact, many people struggle in a similar way. Look for support groups of other empty nesters or a therapist who has experience in this area if you think a professional will be helpful. You can find other help, though, too. 

Many people meditate, get creative, or join a book club. There are numerous surprising places to find help and support.

Focus on Your Relationship

Now that it is just you and your partner at home, this is a perfect time to reignite the flame. Do more things together and create a new bond without the children. 

Of course, you still have the memories as a family to help keep you together. Don't be afraid to spice it up a bit and physically reconnect as well.

Becoming an empty nester is a beautiful stage in life, and you should embrace it. At the same time, the change can be difficult for just about anybody. These tips should help you focus on yourself and this new stage.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Empty Nest: 4 Tips For Transitioning Into A Smaller Home

If you are planning on moving into a smaller home, you are in a unique moving situation compared to most people. Space may formerly have been in excess and now it is scarce. Do not let yourself get stressed out before the process even starts. Moving can be an entirely painless process as long as you make sure to think ahead and plan accordingly for your new home.

4. Organize And Plan Your Space

The key to a quick move is knowing what goes where. That means putting stuff into boxes and labeling them. When you label don't just put what is inside the box, but where the box is going. It is recommended that you draw up a sort of rough plan, so you have an idea of how your home will be laid out when all is said and done.

3. Prepare For Downsizing

As much as you might want to bring along everything, you are not going to be comfortable in a smaller house packed to the brim with stuff. Now is as good a time as any to let go of some of those items that you just don't need. You will feel better about it, and your home will look a lot better. A garage sale is always a great way to get rid of some extra stuff.

2. Consider A Storage Unit

Storage units can be a huge asset in the moving process that people don't always make use of. You may not have the time to fully go through every single item that you have lying around. A storage unit is a good intermediary for that stuff you are not sure about. Alternately, you can simply put your extra stuff that you don't want hanging around the house in the storage unit. A tidy storage unit can fit quite a lot of different items. Consider the Storage Center to see the variety of different sizes that storage units are available in.

1. Consider Alternative Decor

Not only is the house you are moving into smaller, but it is an entirely different house. Those huge couches in your living room might be too big, but they may also just not look appropriate in your smaller sized home. Look at this as an opportunity to get a new look going if it seems appropriate. Your old stuff may actually fit in quite well with your new home. However, it will be clear to you if things just do not look right.

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