When adult children and teens decide that it's time to move on, the parent might experience the phenomenon of empty nest syndrome. If you're feeling pangs in your heart over your baby growing up and leaving the nest, you're not alone. Some cases are more extreme than others, but in general, it isn't uncommon to experience feelings that are similar to depression or rejection. As hard as it may initially be to cope with, empty nest syndrome can be overcome. There is nothing wrong with you or any other parent that feels a bit of sadness or anxiety due to their child leaving the home. The following can help you feel better about the situation and get excited about the future:

Prepare in advance

If you're aware that your adult child is going to be leaving the home fairly soon, then it's wise to start mentally preparing for their imminent absence. It might help you to do a few basic checks to make sure that they can handle the basic tasks of daily life, like balancing their checkbook, doing laundry, and understanding how to get the best prices on household expenses. When you are confident in the skills they have learned at home, you can be more comfortable knowing that they can live on their without knowing how to do seemingly simple tasks.

Remain supportive

If your adult child leaving suddenly takes you by surprise, then the best thing to do is to try your best to be enthusiastic for them. Your adult child may not say it outright, but they want you to be comfortable with the fact that they're leaving and probably hate the idea of your fretting about them being gone. If you can show them that you support their venture into independence, they'll have much more peace of mind and be better-able to deal with their responsibilities without being weighed down with worries about you. Naturally, this can give you peace of mind as well.

Discuss the feelings

Both fathers and mothers alike are equally likely to experience the effects of empty nest syndrome. No matter what the gender of the parent is, the key to overcoming empty nest syndrome is to start talking the feelings out with a professional specialist. It might be intimidating to confront the feelings of empty nest syndrome head-on, but it's always a worthwhile investment of your time of you are having an especially difficult time with it.

Consider new hobbies

After the kids leave, many parents feel confused and don’t know what their purpose is anymore. It’s important to remember that you are still their parents, and they will still need you, but in a different way. Take this time to pick up a new hobby that you probably haven’t had time to even consider over the years. This can help you refocus on something else that can bring you happiness. Sharing hobbies with your spouse and finding your own are both important.

Do something for you

Besides a hobby, do something that is just for you. You may feel selfish doing something like this at first, but it’s far from that, and can help you feel much better. For example, if you are self-conscious about your body, consider getting breast implants in Utah or a makeover to improve your self-esteem. Getting a massage every month can also help you feel more relaxed and relieve stress. You may even want to invest in a yoga class, painting class, or dance class.

Keep in touch

Though empty nest syndrome is perfectly natural, it is generated out of an inherently exaggerated fear that your child will no longer associate with you again if they're no longer in the household. Even if you're aware that your child doesn't intend on cutting you out of their lives forever, the anxiety that swells up from the unfamiliarity of their absence can still be overwhelming. Keeping up a regular communications can be great for preserving the relationship while helping you acclimate to the fact that they're no longer in the nest.

Having your kids leave the home can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to cause unnecessary anxiety or long-term stress. By following these tips, you can help ensure that the transition is smooth for both you and your children.

Author's Bio: 

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.