How to Fight Empty Nest Syndrome: Back to School

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on September 18 2018

The summer months are jam-packed with activities, and if you have children, then chances are you are hustling from one thing to the next. And then, as soon as the end of August rolls around, the little ones are off to school, leaving you in a quiet house free of chaos for most of the day. After three months of spending quality time with your kids and grand-kids, it can make you feel like you have a case of empty nest syndrome once they head off to school and are immersed in a multitude of sports and activities. Here are some helpful tips for adjusting to the schedule change, and you just might find that some ‘me-time’ is just what you needed.

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Embracing the alone time. Seeing your kids as they don their new school gear and start yet another new year can challenge your emotions, but let’s take a look at all the time you will have to tackle those projects you’ve been pushing aside all summer. Maybe you are into decorating and want to spruce up your patio for the fall, or maybe you want to try out a few new fall recipes.  Not to mention the fact that you will have more time to participate in school activities and volunteer because you will have a heck of a lot more time and focus. 

With school comes growth. Now that the kids are in school, you will have the reward of seeing your babes learn new skills and you just might discover that you are learning right along with them. Lesson plans today are far different from what they were back in the day, so take the opportunity to get a recap of what your little students are learning. Learning something new provides mental stimulation that energizes your mind and body.

Find your squad. Look around when you are dropping off or picking up your students. Chances are, there are other parents who are in the same situation as you. They too, may be feeling a tinge of empty nest syndrome and might want a buddy to chat with over coffee. You may just meet your new best friend. It’s always beneficial to build friendships with those who are in the same stage of life as you are. When we surround ourselves with those who have the same goals and are going through the same things, then we are able to find deep bonds that have the potential to last a lifetime.


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