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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Empty Nest in Tough Economic Times

These are tough times, with so many baby boomers suffering from unemployment, money problems and foreclosure. There are plenty of reasons to feel anxious and sad. And if you're dealing with the empty nest, that may feel like the last straw.
ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 02:   A woman cries during Actor and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson's (R-TN) speech on day two of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Give yourself an emotional break and see what happens. Understand that even though your kids have moved out, you're still needed although not in the same way. Letting go of your parenting responsibilities means letting go of the family role you've played so far. Sit back and breathe in deeply as you appreciate this opportunity to create different relationships within your family.

Practice letting go. Cry if it helps - it's natural to feel plenty of emotion at this turning point. Try to visualize one door closing and another door opening. Relax into feeling more calm and carefree. Let yourself get excited by the possibility of exploring what you want to do with all the free time you now have.

Decide to write regularly in a journal. As you think about all that is happening in your life right now, you will naturally acknowledge the pressure you're feeling. And by identifying and dealing with what is going on for you emotionally, you'll learn to take more control over this process of change. You'll find that journaling is a great tool for reducing stress and increasing self-awareness.

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Anonymous Heather Mundell said...

Really great advice, all with the theme of "Relax, let go, and explore what's next".

I still have a while before my nest is empty, but I'm noticing what happens during the major milestones and transitions along the way and will be curious what an empty nest will bring for me and my family.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Phyllis said...

Sometimes the notion of letting go seems easier than actually doing it. But if you're paying attention to the many transitions that come before the empty nest, you'll be well prepared!

1:51 PM  

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