Although the term “Empty Nest Syndrome” might not seem real, it is. It is a term that describes how parents feel after their children grow up and leave home. It only lasts a little while but it is a real thing. Parents still worry about their grown children and a study shows that they actually lose sleep worrying so much about them after they are gone and on their own. A study was done by researchers at Penn State University, Brigham Young, and the University of Texas at Austin shows that parents go through a transitional period where they actually lose sleep worrying so much after their children leave the home.
During the study conducted by these researchers, they found that it isn’t just the moms who worry but their dad’s worry about them too and they also lose sleep over worrying about their adult children being out in the world by themselves. The study also found that the reason for these parents having “empty nest syndrome” is because they are way too involved in their children’s lives.
However, if you suffer from “empty nest syndrome” don’t worry, there is something you can do to ease the symptoms associated with it. The good news besides knowing something can be done about this problem is that you should also know that it is normal to have these feelings of sadness and worry. It is normal to miss your kids and worry about them even if they are all grown up and out on their own. One thing you can do is realize that having stress because of this is not the problem but the real problem is not having the ability to cope with that stress. If you can’t deal with it well enough, you can end up with suppressing your immune system which can lead to illness.
The things that you can do to cope with “empty nest syndrome” include:
- Exercising every day
- Eating a well balanced and nutritional diet
- Keeping a journal to write down your thoughts
- Take time for yourself every once in a while
- Reduce the consumption of alcohol and caffeine
- Volunteer in your community
Talk to someone about how you feel
After doing these things, you will be living a healthier life and keeping yourself busy enough to where you can cope with the problems of “empty nest syndrome.”
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