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Dealing with empty nest syndrome during divorce

Dealing with empty nest syndrome during divorce

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2021 | Divorce

Children grow up fast. While it may seem like only yesterday that you held your first baby in your arms, they have now grown up and have gone to college or moved out to live on their own. While it is likely that you feel an immense sense of pride that your children have grown up to be independent and successful, you will also be experiencing a sense of loneliness or lack of purpose as a result.

Many new empty nesters also face divorce, since they and their spouse realize that the only thing that kept them together during the end was the children. These changes in your life present enormous opportunities, but it can be difficult to make the shift toward feeling this way. Right now you may simply be feeling lost and heartbroken. The following is an overview of how you can proactively deal with empty nest syndrome at the same time as going through a divorce.

Focus on a new hobby

Raising your children is not the only way that you can feel a sense of purpose. There are many types of hobbies that you can get involved in, from sports to theatre. Volunteering is also a great way to give back to your community and feel that you are making a difference in other people’s lives.

Focus on what you can control

For all of your child’s life, you have had a sense of control over their safety and well-being. When they become adults and are able to make their own decisions regarding how they take care of themselves, this can be difficult to handle. Try to acknowledge that while you cannot control the lives of your grown children or your divorcing spouse, you can control how you live your own life, and that is a beautiful thing.

If you are going through a divorce at the same time as dealing with an empty nest, it is important that you understand the type of divorce settlement that you should be entitled to.