No parent likes to think about their children leaving home. It’s a difficult time, and it can take some major adjustment. There’s no denying that you lose a lot when your nest becomes empty. Those priorities you focused on for all the years since your kids were born will suddenly shift. But, you also gain a lot during that time. Instead of dwelling on what is no longer, you could use the opportunity to do those things you never had a chance to. Here are a few examples that could change your empty nest from a curse to a gift.
ENJOY THE PEACE AND QUIET
One thing that will become plain the moment your kids shut the door is how much more peaceful everything seems. Instead of moping around and wishing for the noise of your family, make the most of that peace. After all, how many times did you wish for it when your children were young? There’s no denying that quiet can seem daunting when you haven’t experienced it in so long. But, instead of filling the void, embrace it. Take the time to sit down with a cup of tea and savor the feeling. Start practicing meditation if it helps you. Sometimes, it’s useful to have a peaceful practice to focus on. Meditation could also help you to stop hearing the ghosts of the past. Instead of shying away from your peace, make a conscious effort to immerse yourself in it. Sit down, at least once a day, and take a deep breath of silence. Before long, you’ll forget all about the bustling house you had before. You’ll love that peace, and be unable to imagine things any other way.
WORRY ABOUT YOUR HEALTH, NOT THEIRS
How long has it been since you took the time to worry about your own health? When we have kids at home, we rightly worry about them most. As such, our health often suffers. We forget to sit down and eat meals because we’re feeding the children. We forget to eat well because fast-food seems easier. Your empty nest could be what you need to finally get a grip on a diet. We all put on weight as we get older, so now is the perfect time to focus on your waistline. As it’s been a while, it may be hard to get back into the dieting world. But, every diet plan has at least one success story. Take the time to read through them when deciding on what’s best for you. It’s the best way to get an accurate representation of what you should do.
MAKE THE MOST OF THE SPACE
With an empty house comes empty rooms. Again, don’t let ghosts stop you from making the most of that extra space. Your kids may like the idea of their rooms staying the same, but it’s not necessary. Stock up on a sofa bed for when they come to visit. Then, consider better ways to use the space you have.