Empty Nest Syndrome
Empty nest syndrome is a psychological condition that parents experience when one or more of their children move out of home. It’s a feeling of loss, sadness, and loneliness which can affect both the parents. But mothers are more susceptible of undergoing the grief of children leaving the home.
Causes of Empty Nest Syndrome
Parents, especially mothers experience empty nest syndrome when their children move out of home to:
- attend school for the first time
- join college or university after graduating
- settle down with their spouse after marriage
Empty nest syndrome can become worse if the maternal or paternal bond between the parent and child is strong. For example, if the mother is the primary caretaker of her child, after her child’s migration, she may have a temporary identity crisis. This is because she misses the involvement in her child’s daily activities.
Symptoms of Empty Nest Syndrome
- Unaccountable tears or crying excessively
- Going into the absent child’s bedroom and sitting there for longer period of time
- Not mixing with friends
- Not going to work
Treatment for Empty Nest Syndrome
- Find new activities (go for some education or training, or take up jobs) to distract yourself from the feeling of grief when your child moves out.
- Rediscover your spouse. Have a happier, more companionable and sexier time with your partner.
- Spend time your friends and relatives.
- Seek professional help if the condition gets worse.
Empty nest syndrome, if not addressed can result in anxiety and depression. So treat empty nest syndrome as soon as possible.