Recently I have been faced with the reality of my oldest son preparing to graduate highschool, leave for a few weeks to visit a friend in Germany, and upon returning he is contemplating joining the Military.I still have my youngest son at home who will be fourteen this summer, but having a child prepare to leave the home in any case can be overwhelmingly saddening.I don’t think I am suffering from empty nest syndrome just yet because I will still have my youngest son at home.But when I learned more about empty nest syndrome this is what I found.“Empty nest syndrome refers to the feelings of sadness, grief, depression, loneliness, emptiness and loss when children grow up, leave for college, get married, or leave home to live on their own. ‘Empty-nesters’ can either be mothers or fathers, but mothers are primarily the ones who have difficulty dealing with or coping with an empty nest when children begin leaving home to live their lives as adults.”So, maybe I am experiencing those feelings mentioned above associated with this phenomenon.
No doubt your holiday season is in full swing! Unless you are a rare creature, you’ve probably already had more than one moment where you’ve felt frazzled and frenzied. Even for those who don’t celebrate Christmas, the general festivities can suck you in if you’re not careful.
Jan Lundy, our Spirit and Self editor, has given us some excellent tools here to fight that feeling of being swept up in an overpowering force. So, take heart! It IS possible to get through the next few weeks without collapsing in sheer exhaustion!
Ho Ho Ho….. Oh, the holiday season. It’s good spending time with family and friends but all of the festivities and wonderful food can make healthy eating a challenge. We tend to put on half of our annual weight gain between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. In fact, the average American typically gains between one and five pounds during these months. Though it’s only a few pounds, if it happens year after year, it can add up. The holidays are a time for spending much needed fellowship with our friends and family and It often happens that when hosting a holiday get together that you spend more time getting the feast on the table and cleaning up than actually spending with your loved ones. Isn’t this the whole reason you hosted Christmas anyway, right?