Retirement is an exciting change in your life, but not one that doesn't come with some ups and downs. When you no longer have as much responsibility for family and the daily challenges of work, it’s likely you may feel blue from time to time as you struggle to find your purpose in this next stage of your life. If you find yourself feeling a little down, below are a few simple tips to help you beat the retirement blues.
Focus on Yourself and Your Goals
You may interact with other retirees during retirement, and you may find yourself getting caught up in the comparison game. Remember that their plans and goals for retirement may differ from yours, so if it seems like they are accomplishing more in their time or have more than you, don't let it get you down. They are on their own path, and you are on yours.1
Maintain a Daily Routine
One of the most significant issues that new retirees face is a sudden change in their routine. While you may not need to set your alarm in the morning as you did for so many years, keeping a basic schedule is essential. Otherwise, you may find yourself wondering what to do with your time, getting bored, and becoming depressed.1
You don't have to enjoy retirement alone. Humans are social creatures and often need that human interaction to stay happy and productive. Find some friends who enjoy the same hobbies as you, join local groups or organizations, or attend different social events, such as fundraisers. Interacting with others may give you someone to talk to when you're down and help to stave off the blues.1
Find a Purpose
Sometimes you need to find a purpose in the next stage of your life to get some enjoyment back. Think of things that make you happy. Maybe you want to consider a part-time job doing something you enjoy. Perhaps you want to start a business. If you are looking for a fulfilling way to spend some of your extra time, why not consider volunteering at your favorite charity?2
Adopt a Companion
Pets may be the perfect option for animal lovers looking for companionship and affection. If you suffer from depression due to loneliness, adopting a pet could be the answer. They may become a devoted friend and companion, and someone who helps keep you active, which can improve mental and physical health and may lower your risk of depression.2
If you are having difficulty beating the retirement blues or seem depressed for an extended period, it may be time to speak with your doctor. Don't be afraid to seek help from a medical professional. They can work with you to help determine your mental health needs so that you can focus on feeling like yourself again and enjoying your retirement years.
1How To Beat The Retirement Blues, Forbes, https://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2013/05/10/how-to-beat-the-retirement-blues/
2Retirement Depression: 9 Tips for Combating this Very Common Syndrome, New Retirement, https://www.newretirement.com/retirement/retirement-depression/
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