After years of raising a family, it can be difficult for empty nesters to adjust to their new lives. But with the right attitude and a plan for how to use your time wisely, you can make the transition smoother and even find joy in your newfound freedom. Below, CCRH explores how you can more effectively acclimate to this new lifestyle and embrace being an empty nester.
Downsize to a Rental
Now that your children are grown up, it might be time to downsize from your current home into something smaller like an apartment or condo. Thankfully, there are tools available to help you locate a new residence, whether you choose to buy or rent. Online listings allow search filters, such as price, property type, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and so on, reducing the number of listings you need to view before deciding. Some websites also include virtual tours.
Reconnect With Family and Friends
With more free time on your hands, it’s important to stay connected with loved ones. Make time for weekly phone calls or video chats with family members who live far away, and plan regular outings with friends. Even if it’s just grabbing coffee or going out for dinner once a month, quality time spent together is essential for maintaining relationships.
Go Back to School
If you’ve been wanting to further your education but haven’t had the time or opportunity, now is a great time to take advantage of online degree programs. With online courses, you can learn at your own pace without having to worry about juggling school and family obligations. Plus, if you already have a college degree, there are certificate programs that can help you advance in your current field or explore something new.
Start a Business
Starting a business can be a great choice for empty nesters looking to fill their newfound free time. With the right business plan and marketing strategy and by filing as an LLC for legal protection, you have the necessary components in order to start your venture. All you need is a good idea, one that is both viable and profitable. Filing as an LLC ensures your personal assets remain separate from those of the business if it ever faces legal proceedings or bankruptcy. A well-thought-out marketing strategy should target not only existing customers but also new ones so that growth is achieved.
Give Back to Your Community
Volunteering is a great way to help your local community and meet new people. Organizations such as animal shelters, soup kitchens, libraries, and more often need volunteers. Through volunteering and getting involved in the community, you can make meaningful connections while staying busy.
Find Your Passions
For empty nesters, having more free time can be a blessing in disguise. With this newfound freedom from daily responsibilities, there are plenty of opportunities to pursue hobbies and interests that may have been neglected due to a lack of time or resources. From painting to playing music, gardening, or any other creative outlet, now is the perfect time to reignite those passions and explore what new possibilities await.
Getting active is a great way to take advantage of your newfound free time. Sports activities such as golfing, swimming, and tennis are excellent choices to stay physically and socially active. Staying fit is important for overall health, and these activities also provide the chance to form new connections after becoming an empty nester.
Being an empty nester doesn't mean life has to come to a full stop. In fact, there are plenty of great opportunities available for those who have recently transitioned into this stage of life. From starting a business to downsizing your home and beyond, there are myriad ways for empty nesters to adapt successfully and enjoy this new season of life.
Article by Jennifer Scott from Spiritfinder.org