Hello. I'm experiencing "overwhelming" empty nester anxiety

Cecy - posted on 08/22/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Our youngest daughter just left to college and I can't seem to be able to overcome her void in the house. I can't do anything but cry n stay in bed. I'm married w three adult children. One out of the house and other back n forth. Chronic anxiety n depression. If someone can assist please do so. In great despair. Much thanks.

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Cecy - posted on 08/24/2015

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Thank you so much for your response however, I'm experiencing extreme panick and fear of being alone at the house. As I'm writing this I'm literally panick shaking. Can't understand how I've gotten to this horrific dreadful fear being I've always been a strong will warrior as a mother and in general. Only thing I can think of is I didn't have a back up plan. I've dedicated myself in raising my three kids and being a wife and now I find myself stuck while everybody else is righteously moving on w their lives. This is not a sign of weakness rather an overwhelming fear that literally takes over your control. I live in Miami florida if anyone can suggest a support group it would be much appreciated as I've searched with no luck. Much thanks.!

MaryAnn - posted on 08/22/2015

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When we go through major life changes, it gets easier if we focus on the new normal onstead of grief and loss and voids. If your kids are close, ask them if theyre willing to make a weekly, biweekly or monthly ritual. Dinner, cheap night at the movies... Anything that you would both/all agree would be a good time. If theyre further away, a scheduled check in call. Dont overwhelm them, again, think weekly/biweekly.
Consider your own weekly and daily chores. Consider joining a social group with your local library, or a course in something you always thought you would enjoy.
Instead of spending time at home, moping around, find things to occupy yourself. Keep yourself busy and moving on.
Its a big change, but you can make it through... Even if right now its day by day.

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