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Empty Nest? Here’s How to Cope

By Questa Chartered

So, the day finally arrived. And now, the room is emptier, the house quieter, and a significant chapter of your life seems to have closed. Your child has gone to university. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, isn’t it? Pride, excitement, but also an undeniable tinge of sadness. As they embark on this new journey, how do you navigate the bittersweet symphony of an ’empty nest’?


Embrace Your Emotions


First and foremost, give yourself the grace to feel. If there was a lump in your throat or a tear in your eye, it’s okay. It’s the end of an era. And as with any significant life change, it’s perfectly natural to grieve. However, amidst the nostalgia, remember, this isn’t a ‘goodbye’. It’s a ‘see you in a different light’. 


Stay Connected, But Not Too Close


With today’s technology, distance isn’t a barrier to connection. Regular chats, video calls, or even a simple text can bridge the gap. Share updates, laugh about the little things, and keep the bond strong. But, a little tip? Give them space to grow, make mistakes, and find their feet. It’s their time to build a life outside the family cocoon.


Be Their Guest


Plan visits! Discover their new world, meet their friends, and get a feel for their new life. It’s a delightful way to understand their experiences, making those phone conversations even more enriching. 


Rediscover Yourself


Remember that hobby you always wanted to pursue? Or that book you kept on the bedside table, waiting for a ‘free moment’? Now’s your time. Dive into your passions, reignite old interests, or even discover new ones. It’s an exhilarating chance to focus on yourself.


Craft a New Daily Dance


With your child away, daily routines will inevitably shift. It’s the perfect opportunity to restructure your day, balancing work, leisure, and self-care. A new chapter beckons, one where you set the pace.


Seek Out Your Tribe


You’re not alone in this journey. Connect with other parents sailing in the same boat. Share, laugh, and sometimes, just silently empathise. Online forums, community groups, or even a casual coffee with a neighbour can offer solace and shared wisdom. 


It’s Your Adventure Too


While your child is out there charting their course, remember you’re on a journey too. A journey of growth, rediscovery, and new beginnings. Embrace it with open arms and an open heart.


The empty nest might seem quieter but look closely. 


It’s filled with memories, laughter, and lessons of the past 18 years. As you celebrate your child’s new chapter, take a moment to cherish your own evolving story. It’s filled with endless possibilities. Go on, explore them!


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