Why do people sometimes become depressed after retirement?
"I've lost my sense of purpose and I feel useless. What am I going to do from now on?"
Many of my friends and family are in the same situation. It's hard to overcome these moments.
However, retirement is not about loneliness and suffering. It's about enjoying your golden years as much as you can.
Think about it this way: now you have the time to invest in the things you've always wanted to do, but never had the chance to.
Because it's very easy to fall into depression, I've collected a few effective tips that changed the lives of many of my retired friends and family members.
Here is what you can do to make retirement the best time of your life:
If you're not doing it already, you're missing out on a lot.
Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce:
I would recommend you to do 1 hour of meditation per day.
But if you are a beginner, then you should take it slow and gradually get to 1 hour a day.
Here is a very explicit video explaining to you how to meditate properly for the first time:
Meditation is a tool that heals and calms your inner battles. It will help you keep you in the present and enjoy it.
Have a Daily Activity
Just because you don't have to go to work, that doesn't mean you should become a couch potato, it might sound enticing at the moment, but it will soon get boring.
So, make sure you do at least 1 hour and a half of some sort of activity daily.
Depending on your medical condition, you can:
- Go for a walk;
- Do yoga;
- Take your bike out for a ride, etc.
Also, there are many things that you can take up, that you might not have had time for before.
So, if your medical condition lets you, then you should go to that class and enjoy yourself.
Moreover, in this way, you might even find new friends that have the same interests as you.
Take up a Hobby
Be it cooking, knitting, reading, doing puzzles, building crafts, etc. now you have the time to do it all!
Moreover, you can now enjoy all the things you didn't have time for before. How lucky are you?
Me for example, when I'm not studying the latest trends in medicine, I adore doing crosswords and puzzles.
It doesn't only help me unwind, but it has also been scientifically proven that these hobbies keep your memory sharp and significantly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's.
Why not do something for your community? Volunteer in different non-profit organizations.
This will help you make a powerful statement about the beliefs you stand for.
Not only will you feel helpful and active, but you will change something for the better and become a role model for those around you.
This will also help you empower many people and give them hope. You can change their perspective about the golden age and show them that they are finally free to pursue their dreams and aspirations.
Spend Time with your Loved Ones
This is the most important step of all.
Having someone to love is very important. It can be a spouse, a family member, a friend, a pet.
We all want to feel loved and appreciated.
This is why we should help those we cherish in the way we can and show them how much we appreciate having them in our lives.
And don't forget, the thing that sweetens our lives - laughter.
Hence the saying: Laughter is the best medicine.
Go to stand-up comedy shoes, watch funny movies, and try seeing the funny side in everything.
By shifting your perspective in a positive direction, your mood and appearance will brighten tenfold.
Everyone loves to be around funny and energetic people.
When you laugh at life's challenges you can overcome anything.
Please tell me how are you keeping busy in your golden age?
What activities have you taken up?
What are your hobbies?
Have you done any volunteer work?
I am really curious to find out more about you and maybe give me some great tips too.