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5 Tips for Adjusting to an Empty Nest

        Health | Empty Nest

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Exercise
Your child might not recognize your buff body when he or she visits.
Your child might not recognize your buff body when he or she visits.
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­Anytime you're down in the dumps, including when your last child left home, exercise is a great mood lifter. A physical fitness program may have been one of the first sacrifices you made when your child came along; now, with fewer obligations, you'll have time to hit the gym regularly. If you have a friend who also became an empty nester recently, you may have found a new workout buddy. Not only will you get the chance to share coping tips, you'll also create social opportunities for yourself, which will get you out of that empty house if you need to.

Exercise will continue to be important as you age, but if you're not quite ready to tackle yoga or swim aerobics yet, at least avoid the temptation to indulge in unhealthy vices, like chocolate or cocktails. Though fatty foods and several drinks before bed may make you feel better in the short-term, they're not a good way to deal with any sadness you might be feeling in the wake of your child's departure.

All your exercise and healthy eating will pay off when it comes to the next tip.