Depression after Retirement
Say no to depression after retirement.
If you’re getting ready to retire from the job you've had for years, depression may be the last thing on your mind. You’re probably reveling in ideas about all the things you will do in your free time. You've probably never had so much free time since before you started kindergarten! However, depression after retirement is a common occurrence, although one that is rarely talked about.
Fortunately, even if depression does start sinking down upon you, there are plenty of things you can do to keep it from blocking your sunshine. The most important thing to keep in mind is that these feelings of doom happen to many people after retirement; you are by no means the only one experiencing them.
Up until you actually retire, you’re probably just thinking about being finished with your job and how great that will be. You might even love your job, but there’s nothing like being your own boss and having a completely blank to-do list each day. Each day will be like your precious weekends and vacation times. If you've always wanted to go overseas and you've been saving up money, now’s your chance to buy those plane tickets or get on that cruise ship. However, once that last day of work comes to pass, you may find yourself feeling rather stunned by the finality of it.
Retirement is a huge change, and it prompts some serious re-thinking of your lifestyle. Work provides you with several important things that you may not be aware of. A source of income is the obvious thing, but you also get a social circle as well as a sense of purpose and perhaps a way to make a difference in other people’s lives. You might find yourself feeling much less empowered after retirement than you used to feel when you were working. And if you aren't a particularly social person by nature, you may need to work much harder to put together the social circles that work used to provide you with automatically. These are definitely things to start thinking about now, but they aren't things that should frighten you. It is in your power to deal with the changes that retirement brings.
Ways to ay no to depression after retirement
Consider it a Brand New Start
Although you will no longer be working, you still have many years ahead of you. Think of retirement as a new beginning and re calibrate! All the things you've wanted to learn but never had time for, now you can delve into those things and really get good at them. If you regret having given up the piano as a teenager, there’s no reason why you can’t get good at it now. If you’re a big fan of Chinese calligraphy but haven’t ever tried it yourself, now’s the time. There is no more of a limit to the dreams you can accomplish than there was when you settled into the job that has kept you busy for decades.
Imagine all the Fun Times that are Yet to Come
You’ll have free time on a scale that you probably haven’t experienced since you were four years old. Now is the time to relax and indulge yourself in all the fun activities that you had to put off for work reasons. Take a road trip to a place you've never visited, or fly out to visit family that you haven’t seen for years because they live so far away. Traveling can be one of the most pleasurable and mentally stimulating activities. Even if you never caught the travel bug, you may very well find yourself getting addicted to the freshness of a change of scenery and locale. You might feel younger than you've felt in years!
Find a Community
It’s likely that you will not have quite the social life that you had when you were working, especially if your work organized lots of get-together s that built a thriving community. Now you’ll need to find a new community to feel connected to. Fortunately, this isn't too difficult. There are lots of clubs, religious groups and laid-back sports groups that will give you the opportunity to meet new people and make friends. You can find a group that shares your interests, whether it be in jogging, painting or golf. You will also have the opportunity to be open with others your age about your experiences.
Exercise is one of the best things for staving off feelings of depression after retirement. It naturally elevates hormones that make you think positive, and it also keeps your mind fresh. Although work may have kept you sitting at a desk for hours on end, you can always get in shape if you are determined to do so. You might be surprised by how quickly you build up endurance!
Lauren Hill is a contributing writer for Lakewood Manor.
, a retirement community in Richmond, VA.
We want to thank Lauren Hill for sharing this information about Depression After Retirement with our readers.
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