Suffering from Empty Nest Syndrome? Re-Invent Yourself

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 30th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/23y1ve1a/
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Are you suffering from empty nest syndrome? Here are a few suggestions to help you get through it successfully while having some fun.

What's a Parent to Do With All This Extra Time?

A parent's work is never done. But it's probably a lot easier when the pitter patter of feet is not a constant sound. While many parents struggle with the empty nest syndrome, others approach it with open arms. Even television commercials play on the theme of parents living it up when all their children have left home. It's like they are giving themselves permission to start all over again. These parents love their children but don't mind that they are spreading their wings and expanding their own horizons.

No matter what side you're on, there is actually life after your children have left the nest called home.

Travel

Now before you think that is impossible ask yourself this. When is the last time that you really enjoyed the sights and sounds of your own city and state? Travel doesn't always mean faraway destinations. While they are nice, rediscover what's in your own locality.

Take a Continuing Ed. Class

Who says learning can't be fun? Have you ever considered taking a Continuing Ed class? Community colleges, community centers and high schools sometimes offer these in the evening hours. The best part is that you don't have to worry about making the grade. They are free or very economically priced. You might even consider teaching a class of your own and make a little extra change.

Update Your Look

Give yourself an updated look with a new hairstyle or a few new pieces of clothing. If money is a concern, check out your thrift store for some unique finds. Attempt to lose a few pounds by starting an exercise routine. You'll feel better for it.

Volunteer

A few hours a week or a month can do so much for agencies needing the expertise and help of people willing to sacrifice a little of their time. Opportunities are limitless.

Read That Long Forgotten Book

Time to take those books off the bookshelf, blow the dust off and sit down and read a favorite book again. Visit the bookstore or library for an unending supply of reading materials.

Do Something Daring

It can be as simple as going to dinner by yourself or flying in that hot air balloon. Get out of your comfort zone for a change of pace. Live it up!

A Time to Celebrate You

The sky really is the limit with this new-found time and freedom on your hand. Enjoy and celebrate it. If anyone deserves it, you do. Now it's your time to discover anew the adventures that await you.



Credit: Pictures by Wikimedia Commons

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Celebrate Yourself, Celebration, Children, Empty Nest, Empty Nest Syndrome, Makeover, Parenting, Reading, Something Daring, Spreading Your Wings, The Sky Is The Limit, Volunteering

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Lee for this uplifting post - we should reinvent ourselves constantly to find meaning at every stage of our life - siva

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author avatar Lee Hansen
31st Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva. I agree. Life is for living and living it to the fullest.

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author avatar Retired
31st Aug 2014 (#)

Wonderful piece, Lee, with life-enhancing ideas. Thank you for sharing!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
31st Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. Hopefully it will be of benefit to those experiencing it at this time in their lives.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
31st Aug 2014 (#)

Good article. As empty nesters we travel a lot and one of our kids comes back home to take care of the dog and watch the house while we are gone, What a great benefit of having children!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
31st Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Bill. It's nice to have a reverse in roles. I am sure it is a benefit.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Great ideas...thanks Lee...:0)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks D for stopping by.

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author avatar Maria Malone
18th Oct 2014 (#)

Hi Lee! So happy to have found you here and read this wonderful article. As always all great suggestions to re-invent yourself after the children have all moved out. Thank you Lee!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
19th Oct 2014 (#)

Hi Maria It's good seeing you again. Looking forward to reading more of your work again.

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