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5 Tips for Adjusting to an Empty Nest

        Health | Empty Nest

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Follow Your Passion
You'll have more time to study when you're not running the carpool.
You'll have more time to study when you're not running the carpool.
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We all have those things that we say we'll do or learn "someday." If you're an empty nester, someday might just be now. From volunteering and going back to school to learning to play the guitar and taking up sailing, the empty nest years can be a great time for new life-enriching activities. You may want to make some changes in your career path, or start a whole new career altogether.

If you're not sure exactly what passion to pursue in all your spare time, take your time and think about it. It will, however, probably be easier to figure out your passion when you're out and about, and not when you're moping in your child's old bedroom. Try exploring a nearby museum or attraction you've never visited. Additionally, attending a class or volunteering in your community, even temporarily, will likely help you in meeting new people, which may be extremely helpful if you need someone to talk to now that your child is gone.

Dying to tell your child all you've been up to in his or her absence? Check out the tip on the next page first.


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