How to Embrace Life as an Empty NesterNone None
After years of diapers, ball games, piercings, and proms, the kids have—out of nowhere! —grown up and started lives (and maybe even families) of their own.
If you're adjusting to life as an empty nester—and yes, it can take years—you might relish your newfound freedom. At the same time, your days may feel a little more empty. You might be searching for new meaning in your life. Perhaps you're sad, excited, and relieved, all at the same time. Or maybe you've been an empty nester for awhile now, and are simply looking for more meaning and joy in your day-to-day.
Here are a few ways to look forward to the future while savoring and appreciating what you've accomplished in the past:
Live by Your Core Values
What are your core values as an individual? Some examples could be creativity, education, faith, family, health, or wisdom. Now that you're no longer as tied down by your children's needs, come up with ways you can embrace those values in your life more fully, whether it’s in your community, at work, or in your relationship with a significant other or close friends and family. Studies show that when people pursue goals intrinsic to them, they're more motivated, more likely to succeed, and far happier than people who don't pursue these aspirations. So really think about it: What are some new opportunities out there for living life as you want to live it?