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A Life when the Nest is Empty

Updated on July 10, 2016

Life can become a trudge and man can get burnt out in the vicious cycle of making a career, growing a family and making sure the kids establish well. Once the nest is empty, this couple has gray hair, rusty joints and LOTS of time.

Time is a criterion that needs to be taken care of since it is essential for the mind and the body to be able to continue to make a connection and stay focused and alive for the coming years even though there is no goal in mind.

Time to develop a hobby!

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.-Mark Twain

Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years. Ausonius

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order. Will Durant

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old. George Burns

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Mark Twain

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Scientists have proven that performing activities is essential at any age to help calm the mind and look forward to completing it while contributing to release stress as the body continues to age. Hobbies contribute to improving mental clarity while enhancing the immune system as the self-confidence and inner strength rises.

Being busy, interested and involved in a task helps towards healthy aging, as the person is motivated and has a goal for that day.

Some hobbies a senior citizen could undertake are:

Exercises that can keep them moving

Research has concluded that activity tends to decrease:

  • Death prematurely
  • Risk of heart disease
  • Developing Colon Cancer
  • Risk of high blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Flexibility
  • Control weight

Activities such as Walking, Tai chi, and Gentle yoga are highly recommended

Walking is a great activity for senior citizens. It's cheap, simple and has benefits to maintain mobility and independence.

Tai Chi is a meditative practice that goes from one pose to another and is low impact on the joints. It improves balance, strength, and flexibility. Usually, these classes are conducted in community centers or gyms.

With the slow movements, the muscles are toned and stretched while helping the seniors prevent falls as they attain good balance.

Swimming or Water Exercises: Water exercises are low impact and yet can improve endurance and flexibility as the water can help relieve stress on the bones and joints. Swimming helps to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the back, arms, legs and shoulders. No doubt, water is a fun activity, but the individual has to make sure to stay hydrated before and after the swimming exercise.

Gardening: Spending time in a greenhouse is not only a wonderful way to get that extra perk of pure oxygen, but also a good way of exercising. Removing weeds, digging, watering are some of the activities where you would require working with your muscles and no doubt, Mother Earth will pay back with bounties of fragrance and fresh vegetables that would be good for the heart and health.

Bending and squatting could be a tedious affair. Thus, the seniors could use the right tools that have a good grip and long handles to avoid straining the back and strain the shoulder muscles. Gardening hobby is usually done in warm weather. Thus, the citizen should make sure to be hydrated and be dressed appropriately to avoid being sunburned.


Time to give back to the society. Volunteering one's time not only helps the senior to venture out but also helps bridge the generation gap by working or assisting the younger generation, and even learn from them. It helps them stay active, involved and thus contribute to maintaining a good mental health. Volunteering also enables the individual to move around thus, allowing him to stay active, which helps ward off diseases, injury and senility.

Clubbing such as Play a game of cards, Chess, Bingo

Laughter can also take an individual a long way. Socializing in the evenings with a match of cards with friends or playing bingo or chess can not only help seniors exchange a few waves of laughter but also lighten them in the company of like-minded people.

My 2 cents

One life many opportunities thus, Never say Never and keep moving even if the hair is gray, and wrinkles surround the eyes. Your wisdom and experience have lots to offer to the community and you still have many miles to go before you breathe your last!


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    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      I applaud this hub.. Ruch.. you know when I drove my son to college it was a six hour drive.. I felt sad coming back home.. it hit me and it took me 12 hours to get home.. I didn't know why.. I like the health aspect.. the helpful tips you share... thank you

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      Chitrangada Sharan 18 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully done and I think many can relate to this. You are quite right that one should keep busy or develop hobbies to avoid loneliness or emptiness.

      This becomes more important these days as we live in a society of nuclear families. It has been long since my kids left for higher studies and their jobs. But I keep myself connected with them --Thanks to the modern means of communication.

      I keep myself busy and active in something or the other. Then there is this most engrossing reading and writing that gives me immense pleasure.

      You have suggested some very interesting and important tips! Thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 18 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I've been an empty nester for years and love it. I treasure my independence and keep so active I have to call a 'time-out' to catch up with myself. I treasure family visits and outings.

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      Ruchira 18 months ago from United States

      thanks Ruby. I am learning to keep myself busy cause once the kid leaves for college...I want to have a game plan :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I have an empty nest, but I stay busy. Writing is a wonderful exercise for the mind. I also ride my three wheel bike and walk every day. All of your ideas are great. Keep writing...

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      Ruchira 18 months ago from United States

      I agree flourishanyway...the time spent with your child is priceless!

      thanks bill. gladly i have this writing to accompany me till i breathe my last :)

      Glad to know that you transitioned well, Dianna. Gives me hope too :)

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      Dianna Mendez 18 months ago

      As our son attended a local university, it was a gradual release from the nest. After he graduated, he married and lived close by so visits were weekly. However, it gave us time to develop our empty nest lifestyle as the transition took place. It is so healthy to release a child to live life on his or her own. Your post is excellent advice for those headed towards this important event in life.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't think our nest will ever be empty. Between the two of us we have five kids, and even though they are moved out, they are always over here visiting....which is a very nice transition.

      Good luck finding that hobby!

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      FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

      With only one child I hate to think what it will be like with an empty nest. I do volunteer work but nothing replaces her in my life.