Watching your children grow is an exciting time. You anticipate milestones, and there is a sense of pride for each step they take as they blossom from itty bitty’s into young adults. So why, after the joyous celebrations of graduation and moving them to the next phase of their life, do you feel sad? This is a very common occurrence known as empty house syndrome or empty nest syndrome.
Have you ever been rollerskating or on a boat? When you get back on solid ground, it feels like you’re still moving, right? When you have a child (or children), every day is full of activities. There’s school, extra-curricular activities, birthday parties, being a caregiver when they’re sick, and many more responsibilities. When your child finally leaves the nest, all of that busy-ness ceases. It’s a very normal response to feel lost, sad, empty, and wondering “what now?” For nearly two decades, your life is wrapped up with so much, and over night life changes. The researchers cited by this article state that 66 percent of parents experience empty house syndrome. That’s a pretty big percentage. Hopefully that encourages and lets you know that you are not alone. What you are experiencing is completely normal.
The best way to help prevent symptoms of empty nest syndrome is to be proactive. Plan ahead. If you know your child is leaving, there are several things you can do to help make the transition easier. Involve yourself in your community. There are many organizations and churches that are active in helping members and businesses in your area. This would fulfill the human need for social interaction, and you would be providing a helping hand which boosts the emotional side of humans that need to feel they have a purpose.
It is important for you to not only know you are not alone, but that you don’t feel alone. The therapists at Garrett Counseling have extensive experience working with clients through grief therapy as a result of empty house syndrome. Reach out to Garrett today by calling (256) 239-5662 or clicking here to complete a short contact form. Let us help turn your sadness into smiles. Don’t delay. Contact us today!