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Combating Depression After Retirement

Finally retiring from the daily grind may sound like a thrilling prospect, but the reality is often more challenging than you’d expect. If you find yourself sinking into a post-retirement depression, tackle these key questions to find your way back to a fulfilling and hopeful life.

What’s Your New Life Purpose?

If your career gave you your primary sense of purpose over the last few years, you’ll need to redefine your key goals every day. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but never had time for? You can find a new sense of purpose in many areas, such as:

Find something that gives you a deep sense of satisfaction and commit some of your newfound free time to this motivating goal.

How Will You Fill Your Days?

Maintaining daily and weekly routines will help you keep an essential sense of structure to your post-retirement life. Try to get up around the same time each day. Develop a satisfying morning routine, whether that involves a brisk walk or coffee and a crossword puzzle. Are there other hobbies you enjoy?

Find meaningful ways to fill your days. Schedule weekly lunches or dinners with family and friends. Look for regular weekly or monthly community events you can look forward to, such as a Sunday farmers market or free admission day at a local museum. Keep your calendar full with activities you enjoy so you’re not left at loose ends.

Who Is in Your Support Network?

Build a strong support network with other seniors who are in a similar situation. Do you have friends or family members you can build stronger relationships with? Connecting with others will give you a friendly ear when you’re struggling and an enthusiastic partner when you’re up for a day of excitement.

If you’re finding retirement daunting, reach out to others in the same situation through Super Senior Connection. You’ll find an active community of mature adults and retirees just like you.

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Irene Hamilton
December 2, 2017 10:32 pm

This is packed full of great ideas and I was going along fine with some of the suggestions, then dh retired and things change once again. I love being with him very much but I had my life worked out fine while he was at work. Now we do what he wants which is different from my wish and this frusterated the check out of me. Help


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