To be a parent means to think of the well being of their child no matter how old they are. Even after young children grow up and become responsible adults, their parents still worry about their health, relationships, work, financial situation. And this is what a recent study confirms, many parents still worry about their children’s well being even after they grow up.
The study was done by researchers at Penn State University, Brigham Young, and the University of Texas at Austin showing that parents go through a trasnitional period where they actually lose sleep worrying so much after their children leave the home.
During the study conducted by these researchers, they found that it isn’t just the moms who worry but their dad’s worry about them too and they also lose sleep over worrying about their adult children being out in the world by themselves.
The study also found that the reason for these parents having “empty nest syndrome” is because they are way too involved in their children’s lives.
However, if you suffer from “empty nest syndrome” don’t worry, there is something you can do to ease the symptoms associated with it. The good news besides knowing something can be done about this problem, is that you should also know that it is normal to have these feelings of sadness and worry. It is normal to miss your kids and worry about them even if they are all grown up and out on their own.
One thing you can do is realize that having stress because of this is not the problem but the real problem is not having the ability to cope with that stress. If you can’t deal with it good enough, you can end up with suppressing your immune system which can lead to illness.
The things that you can do to cope with “empty nest symdrome” include:
● Excersing every day
● Eating a well balanced and nutritional diet
● Keeping a journal to write down your thoughts
● Take time for yourself every once in a while
● Reduce the consumption of alcohol and caffeine
● Volunteer in your community
● Talk to someone about how you feel
As a parent, these good habits will help you live a healthier life and keep you busy enough to where you can cope with the problems of “empty nest syndrome.”
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