One of the major changes of being an Empty Nester is being surrounded by quiet. Raising 6 boys, there was noise everywhere! I think that was one of the biggest adjustments for me. Now, I turn the TV on for background noise, which keeps me from feeling lonely. I know it sounds a little funny, but I also find that, when the noise of the television doesn’t do the trick, going for a walk really helps. I put my tennis shoes on, put my favorite music with headphones on, and step outside into the sunshine!
There is just something about being outside versus inside on the treadmill at the gym. My husband and I are fortunate enough to live by a lake with a walking path. I feel like I’ve left the “city”, and entered into nature. Just looking at the trees and the lake is so calming. Take some pictures to look at later at home and bring back that peaceful feeling.
I remember once I was walking with my husband and we saw this beautiful cactus rose. He went to pick it for me without realizing it had fine stickers all over it. It took days for those stickers to come out. That’s true love! We stick to just taking pictures now!
Check out surrounding walking trails near you. Even if you have to drive a little ways to get there, I promise it will be well worth it!!