Coping with Empty Nest Syndrome

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – There comes a time in every parent’s life when their young spread their wings and leave the nest …but it’s not always easy for Mom and Dad to cope! Dr. Rob Robinson, Clinical Director of Family Care Counseling Associates in Wilbraham told us how to overcome empty nest syndrome.

Dealing with Empty Nest Syndrome
1. Emptying the nest is a predicable, developmental turning point in a parent’s life.
2. It usually impacts women more intensely largely.
3. There are real psychological and emotional symptoms that are common to empty nest syndrome.
4. These symptoms are usually short term but can be rather intense.
5. Single parents can have an even more intensified reaction to empty nest syndrome.

Here’s how to cope:
Prepare for your child’s departure
Think of the sadness as temporary and local to the event.
Have a plan to stay in touch with your child and how often.
Avoid sounding like it’s the end of the world when you are speaking to your child.
Give yourself time to mourn and feel badly.
Create a ritual to help let go
Re-invent yourself
Re-connect yourself
Enjoy the extra time, space and possibilities.

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