Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How to Overcome Mild Depression During Mid-Life

Instead of days spent packing school lunches, chauffeuring kids to after school lessons and sports activities and helping with homework assignments, they are now filled with emptiness and too much time to think. It is common for some women experience feelings of restlessness, anxiety or even regret where their children leave home to attend college or to begin families of their own. But at what point does a little sadness turn into depression?

2 comments:

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

I find that as long as I can sing, write, & pray I cannot stay down. I think it is natural, as you said, to be a bit sad, when children leave home, but I have over 20 grandchildren. There is no such thing as empty time on my hands - it's more like not enough time.

Take care & God bless.

Amy Sherman said...

Now is a great time to reinvent yourself. While it's sad and even depressing that the kids are now grown, it can be the beginning of a new and exciting time in your life, for you. Explore some hobbies you've put off, join clubs, go back to school, learn a new skill -- and enjoy your new-found freedom. This period in your life signals your rejuvenation and renewal. More information on the empty nest syndrome can be found at http://www.bummedoutboomer.com