3 Tips For Combating Depression & Anxiety After Retirement
There may be many emotions you associate with retirement, but one you probably don’t associate with it is depression. However, post-retirement depression is a very common issue that is not widely talked about. Retirement brings major life changes with it, and it is common for retirees to feel a loss of identity, boredom, or loneliness. In retirement your days are no longer filled with work. You are no longer identified by your job title. And you have to take intentional action to get out of the house and socialize with peers. The good news is there is plenty you can do to combat depression and enjoy retirement the way you should! Here are our top 3 tips for battling post-retirement depression:
Retirement Doesn’t Have To Mean An Empty Calendar
Before retirement your calendar was probably full of responsibilities from work during the day and family or friends at night. Just because you are no longer working doesn’t mean your days have to be empty. Use a planner to schedule your daily activities such as exercise, errands, hobbies, and social events the same way you would use it to schedule your work meetings. Staying active will help release endorphins to combat depression. But don’t get concerned with filling your calendar too much. You are retired and should have flexibility in your schedule to enjoy the things you want to!
Socialization With Peers Helps Combat Post-Retirement Depression
It is extremely important for seniors to maintain socialization with their peers. Humans are social beings. And being social helps us all feel connected. This combats depression as we know we are not alone in the feelings we experience. Retirement communities like Mease Manor offer endless activities that allow you to gather with like-minded peers and socialize. Within our community meaningful friendships that last a lifetime are built. An active social life within your community is sure to contribute to improving your overall health and well-being – both mental and physical.
Never Be Afraid To Talk About Post-Retirement Depression
You should never worry about speaking up and asking for help with feelings of depression. Feelings such as loneliness, emptiness, and a feeling of meaningless often lead to anxiety and depression. You should not be embarrassed or ashamed to discuss these feelings. You should know you are not alone. These feelings are normal when transitioning into retirement. You should seek out someone you are comfortable with to discuss these feelings such as a close friend or family member. You also shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help from a therapist if needed.
Enjoy Resort Style Living & Top Quality Care At Mease Manor Retirement Community
Retirement brings about a lot of changes. At Mease Manor Retirement Community our residents never have to face these changes alone. Our community offers our residents a full calendar of events and activities, opportunities for social engagement with peers, and the best quality physical and mental health care when needed. Contact us online or call us at 727-738-3000 to schedule your personal tour today!