For the last couple of days I’ve been going through the empty nest syndrome feelings. I wasn’t going to post this but I thought there might be others going through the same thing, so I’m just going to put myself out there. For anyone who hasn’t gone through this, I’ll try to explain.
When your kids go off to college there’s mixed feelings - freedom, loneliness, anxiety, feeling lost and grief. The kids are okay, I generally like being alone, I can fill my time easily ....so why do I feel like this sometimes?
I feel like I was let go from a job I’ve been doing for 20 years and told I would be put on call (don’t call us, we’ll call you, if we need your help). What the heck?
I like to have a schedule and be organized. I like to be prepared for what will happen next but it’s hard to prepare for something you’ve never experienced. Allot has happened in our lives the last few months and maybe now in this peaceful environment my body is telling me it’s time to deal with it.
I wanted to grab some treats, skip my workout, lay on the couch and watch a movie like I used to when I felt bad. Now I look at this is a life lesson and another challenge to overcome instead of running away from. So I’ll grab this challenge, wrap myself around it and do something different because the old way didn’t work for me.
I’m going to search the most challenging workout I can find in my catalogue of programs and sweat that crap out. Then I’ll create a plan for myself.
I know from experience that a good workout WILL make me feel better and reduce my stress and anxiety. And I will think clearer when it’s over.
I’ll be okay 👌 This is just another challenge that will make me mentally stronger once I embrace it and deal with it. So to all you parents out there going through this, you are not alone.