Empty nest syndrome is something that is commonly connected to the feelings of loneliness and depression that parents can experience after all of their children have moved out of their home. Believe it or not, retiring can cause empty nest syndrome too! Women experience the pangs of empty nest syndrome most commonly, but men are not immune to the feelings of loss that can come as life slows down and loved ones are not as close.
The seniors living at Discovery Village are able to rapidly overcome empty nest syndrome by becoming a part of a community designed for excellence. With daily activities, helpful staff and concierge services and a focus on total wellness this community offers a truly joyful lifestyle for senior adults.
A Shift In Perspective
Empty nest syndrome does not have to be a negative thing. The sense of loneliness and loss that can occur when constant companionship is no longer available can feel crushing but with a shift in perspective men and women can look at these feelings as the closing of a wonderful chapter in their lives and a chance to start a new chapter. This new season of life can offer:
- Opportunities to learn new things
- A time to meet new people and make precious friends
- A chance to overcome bad habits that have been a struggle for years
- A time to rekindle interests that have not been a priority
Accepting Life’s Timing
At Discovery Village, the staff and seniors in the community are forward thinkers who create an environment of positivity and joy. There are daily celebrations activities that connect people in new activities and that assist seniors in accepting life as it is in the moment rather than dwelling on the changes that can cause feelings of loneliness. Some ways to enjoy life in the moment are:
- Stay busy and active
- Talk with others about what makes you both happy and sad
- Share the wisdom you have gained with others
- Reflect on all of the amazing things you have accomplished and all of the love and laughter you have experienced
Support for seniors battling with empty nest syndrome does not have to be restricted to long, emotional therapy sessions. At the Retirement Community of Discovery Village residents have access to the Dimensions Wellness program that is designed to assist in social, intellectual, spiritual and physical wellness. The program is founded on a belief that for one to be truly health they must be so in body, mind and spirit. Some ways to embrace total wellness are:
- Socialize with others in an open and honest way
- Face issues head on without bottling up emotions or avoiding the trouble issue
- Find new ways to enjoy life
- Get outside as often as possible
On the first day of every New Year, people get excited about a fresh start. New goals are set, bad habits are slated for breaking and positivity propels people towards their plans of a more productive and successful life. Retiring and becoming a part of a new community is a chance to do the same thing. With programs that inspire, including the Sensations Dining program, there are so many ways that each, unique and amazing resident of Discovery Village is able to get a new start and perspective on life. Men and women who are committed to redefining their lives in a new way will find themselves addressing hurts and bad habits of the past, overcoming them with power and finding overwhelming contentment with life. Some important keys to a true redefinition of self are:
- Abandon bad habits
- Develop new qualities
- Create positive relationships
- Set realistic goals
- Don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions
Empty nest syndrome is a real phenomenon that is painful and can become a very destructive thing in any person’s life if not dealt with. Retired seniors who choose Discovery Village can enter the community knowing that they will have full access to all of the tools and support necessary for overcoming this syndrome and starting a new and refreshing life.
By redirecting negative thinking with a new perspective on what retiring truly has to offer, feelings of loneliness and fear can quickly be converted to feelings of wonder and awe. Being a part of a community of people in the same general phase of life is one of the most powerful cures for loneliness and depression.
Discovery Village at Boynton Beach offers a variety of senior living programs to keep seniors healthy and active. Learn about our senior living options and amenities today when you contact us at 561.220.8497.