How To Survive Empty Nest Syndrome When You’re Going Through the Menopause
Now that the kids have ALL finally moved out, do you dread coming home to the silence?
It can feel very strange.
Whether they’re off to university, moving in with a partner or starting a family, they empty space they leave behind can leave you feeling lonely and lacking purpose.
Sure, you want your kids to grow up and lead happy, independent lives. Even so, it’s bittersweet—after all you’ve spent years raising them.
So, it’s hardly surprising many women find themselves struggling to rediscover who they are and what they want to from this next phase of their life.
But hang on, the story doesn’t end there.
You’re also going through the menopause—hello mood swings, night sweats, hot flushes, and restlessness.
The two together can feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.
It’s important to remember; you’re not alone. And this is a transitional period in your life.
Try to view this time as an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and explore new projects and adventures.
But, if you’re struggling, here a few ways to help you cope with empty nest syndrome while going through the menopause.
- Practice Meditation.
Meditation isn’t only scientifically proven to reduce stress, but it’s a fantastic tool for combating anxiety. And the benefits don’t stop there. From promoting positive emotional health to improving your memory—meditation has lots of offer. And you don’t need to be yogi. Indeed, a few minutes a day can make a difference in how you feel.
- Find a hobby.
This can be something you’ve always wanted to try, like learning French or Japanese. Or a new skill like painting, pottery, or web design. If you’re feeling lonely, taking up a new activity like hiking or drama that involves getting out of the house and meeting people, could be just to ticket.
- Reach out.
Sure, your kids might be busy attending lectures, working, spending time with friends and family so they might forget to call you. Don’t take it personally. Pick up the phone or email and get in touch. Maybe agree a set time each week you speak and make it a lovely ritual—something you can look forward to each week.
- Look after your health.
We mean both physical and emotional. Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise isn’t simply good for the bod but also the head and the heart. Maybe try new sports like yoga or Tai chi (both great if you’re menopausal to reduce aches and pains and tackle anxiety). But also, a brisk walk in the park can do wonders.
- Be gentle.
Empty nest syndrome can feel like your grieving. And in some ways, you are. So, don’t put pressure on yourself to be okay and just get over it. Give yourself time. Talk about your feelings with your partner or friends. Or start a journal and write down what you’re experiencing. This can help you process your emotions and begin to move forward.
If you’re going through the menopause and feeling down, try out Kira LowMood relief. This is a traditional herbal medicinal containing St John’s Wort, a herb tried and tested for centuries to help relieve the symptoms of low mood and mild anxiety. Give yourself a boost and get back to feeling you again.