Your kids are officially out of the house and on their own. It’s just you, or you and your spouse, now. You’re an empty nester. For some, this is a dramatic and unsettling change. But for others, it’s a time they’ve been waiting for. If you’re one of the former, that’s okay. We have some helpful tips to guide you through this time.
You love your children, of course, but you spent two decades putting them first. This is the time to focus more on yourself and your relationship, if you have one, with your significant other. Surprisingly, this may be more challenging than you had anticipated. Having a child means less alone time, which can sometimes put a damper on the romance. Stepping out of the routine and getting the spark back might just click for some, and more difficult for others.
One easy thing you can do together is a date night. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant or pricey – just as long as you’re spending time together with conversation and without smart phones. Dinner and drinks is always a fun way to loosen up a bit and laugh together. If you don’t drink, dinner and a movie is always a great choice. Keep it simple, but keep it intimate.
Something exciting you can do – by yourself, with some friends, or with your significant other – is travel. Without having to worry about your kids back home, you’ll be able to relax more easily. Traveling by yourself can be a bit scary for some, but self growth is a lifelong process. It’s important that you’re comfortable being alone, and even more important that you’re able to focus on yourself now that you have more time to. Traveling with friends can also be rejuvenating. Not only will it be relaxing, but it will be thrilling and make you feel younger.
If you’ve been looking at your son or daughter’s bedroom longingly, imagining a yoga studio, a library, or an office, now is the time to do it. Yes, your kid will most likely be a bit offended at first. But remember, it is your space to feel at home in. Reilly Painting and Contracting, your Home Mechanics are here to help you renovate that bedroom into your dream room, so give us a call today!