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How to Get Over Empty Nest Syndrome

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Having a large family and a busy home life is many people’s ideal lifestyle – although it can sometimes be hectic and stressful, it is also rewarding. So, when the kids grow up and leave home it can be a huge shock to the system. Going from a life where you are busy all the time and the house is full of family can feel upsetting, and many parents feel a sense of loss and grief when this happens. This is called ‘empty nest syndrome’.

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Of course, when the kids have left to get on with their lives in the big wide world the parents are happy, but it is a bittersweet feeling that can upset some people significantly and require a lot of adjustment.

One good way to help with this feeling is to enjoy yourself doing the things that make you happy – if you have been spending years running around after everyone else, now is the time to do what you want – whether it is dance classes that you have always wanted to try, or a holiday just the two of you.

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It may also help if you move house. This is an opportunity for a positive fresh start, and if you are living in a home that is far to big for you now it may add to that sense of loss – places like these Gloucestershire park homes are perfect for couples. Somewhere like this also has a real sense of community and plenty of opportunities to make new friends and enjoy new experiences.