This is not a clinical condition, but it leads to depression and loss of goals for parents, because the exit of children from the “nest” radically changes their lives, said psychotherapist Sergey Kistenev.
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Which parents are susceptible to empty nest syndrome?
• live in an unstable or unhappy marriage;
• low self-esteem;
• anxious, with a desire to control their children;
• the so-called "full-time parents" (mothers of housewives or parents) who could not self-actualize in their personal lives.
Most parents miss their children in an unhappy marriage.
Symptoms of Empty Nest Syndrome
1. loss of purpose;
2. disappointment due to loss of control;
3. emotional distress;
4. family stress;
5. anxiety for the child;
5 ways to deal with empty nest syndrome
Define your role. You had many roles in your life – a daughter or a son, a friend, an aunt or an uncle, a cousin. Now that you have more time, you have the opportunity to explore other activities that can help you find meaning and purpose.
Reestablish your connection with your partner. Remember those years before you had children, when you were only two? It's time to experience a new round of relationships in a pair.
Do what you love. Did you have any hobbies that you lost because raising a child took all the time? “Empty Nest” means you have a place and time to get back to them, be it painting, writing music or cooking
Search for new tasks. This is a great time to explore your interests.
Release the children. If you are obsessively watching your child’s social media accounts, call every morning and always worry about how your child goes to college or in his new place, you will not be able to live your life normally
Fighting the empty nest syndrome means “letting go” and allowing the child to become an independent adult. But do not feel guilty before you.
If you find it difficult – consult a psychotherapist!
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