When the kids are off to college and starting careers, the lack of activity and noise in the house can be quite a shock. Many parents feel everything from sad to aimless once the kids leave the house, and who could blame them? They’ve invested everything into their kids, and now they’re off doing their own thing. There are ways to combat that empty nest syndrome, with five of our favorites below!
Make time for Yourself
Many people will say that the first step to filling an empty nest is to do what you want. After caring for others for so many years, you may forget what that is. Before you do anything else, take some time to write down ideas: things you enjoy, things you don’t, and any projects that you’ve always wanted to take on. Who knows? Maybe you’ll begin to redecorate the kitchen, or start traveling…
Now that you have free time and your list of things to do, find the best places to do those things. Wherever you decide to head out to, it should have ways for you to forge connections with others. Search out areas that have art classes, gyms, book clubs, or even a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try. You don’t have to be good at it right off the bat – chances are you’ll find many others who are just starting off too!
During this period of time, it’s important to keep moving. A busy brain is a happy brain, not distracted by empty nesting. One great trick to staying occupied is to rethink the interior decorations an area of the house, such as the living room or closet. It doesn’t have to be a dramatic overhaul; it just has to occupy a weekend or two.
Make A New Routine
When children leave the house, it’s easy to fall into a rut from the lack of routine. Subvert that by scheduling your day a little differently. You may not have to run out to the store for science fair projects, or head to PTA meetings, but you can take care of some things for yourself. Whether you tell yourself that you’ll read three chapters of your book every morning, spend an hour working on the garden, or simply take some time to meditate, you’re helping yourself fill your empty nest with bliss.
Now that you have a free house to yourself, this is the perfect time to head to a destination that you’ve always wanted to go to. Whether it’s that cute store down the street, or a restaurant halfway across the country, you can now drop everything and go. Maybe your destination will suit you so well that you’ll want to stay longer than you planned!
Empty nesting can be an indescribable experience. You’ll feel everything from happy to sad within this big transitional phase. One of the most important things that you can do for yourself right now is to find a community that can support you in every way. This will range from family and close friends, to even the members of your neighborhood. For this reason, it’s important to choose carefully when considering relocation, and why WaterSong in St. Johns County has become the best fit for many empty nesters. With floor plans unique to the neighborhood, a variety of perks, and an amenity center all their own, residents will easily create new routines for themselves here.
RiverTown, the home of WaterSong, located along the banks of the St. Johns River is home to 10 distinct neighborhoods spanning across 5,000+ acres. The community is centrally located with close proximity to Jacksonville and the historic city of St. Augustine on Florida’s First Coast. St. Johns County boasts incredibly beautiful beaches and great shopping, dining and entertainment. World Golf Village is just minutes away, and a variety of professional sports are a part of the Jacksonville social scene. There are always great concerts, festivals and events on the calendar, and a wide array of cultural venues to experience the history and arts of this dynamic region. The area is also well-known for its wealth of top-notch Medical facilities.
RiverTown offers a wide variety with new home designs by Mattamy Homes, including 50 unique floorplans, priced from the low $200s. Residents enjoy an impressive array of resort-style amenities. The spectacular RiverClub is located directly on the St. Johns River. An infinity edge pool overlooking the river, a poolside café, fire pit gathering areas, amphitheater, and waterfront boardwalk with kayak launch are all included in the expansive campus.
The Welcome Center is open daily at 90 Lanier Street, St. Johns. There are 11 model homes to tour with MORE to love. For more information about RiverTown, visit RiverTownFL.com and download our Fresh. Water Living Magazine or call (904) 337-4856.
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