Let’s be clear, I do not suffer from retirement depression, but I know a few people who have become disappointed with their new lifestyle where jobs and schedules are a thing of the past. Let’s also be clear that, if you think you are suffering from clinical depression, please get help immediately. I’m not qualified to give medical or psychological advice but there are many wonderful people who are, and they can help you through those struggles.
However, if you’re just having those periodic spells of boredom or disappointment in how your life is going, this website was designed to help you with those times. Everyone gets discouraged from time to time and you should know that, if there are moments you would describe as retirement depression, there are ways to combat it.
I am an enthusiastic proponent of the retired life and I heartily recommend it for everyone. What could be better than designing your days around your interests, hobbies, passions and thirst to learn new things? We live in a wonderful world and, whether you believe it or not, you are a magnificent creation who is unique and deserves to be happy. Plain and simple: you deserve to be happy.
Deep inside everyone are hidden desires and dreams and retirement is a wonderful time to explore those thoughts and fantasies and that, in my opinion, is the best cure for retirement depression. A little self-exploration, and a determination to become comfortable with who you are is a great first step to changing your life around and chasing retirement depression away.
Did you ever think of drawing, painting or woodworking as a hobby? The world of miniature scale modeling is a great way to combine all three. Do you like mysteries and puzzles? Become an author and create your own. And, please, don’t start with the excuses that you don’t have the talent. The journey is half the fun and developing the talent you have is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. I’ve written stories and novels that I knew would never be read by anyone else and I’m probably going to do it again. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and helped me address questions that I’ve wrestled with in a way that was constructive and very revealing. Writing can be as therapeutic as drawing, sketching or painting. Your creative work may never be a best seller or hang in a museum but you’ll develop an appreciation for whatever craft you choose and begin to understand that there is a message inside everyone that needs to come out. It’s something you need to explore. Never use “lack of talent” as an excuse.
Don’t use lack of money as an excuse either. There are ways to create a retirement income to fund almost any dream you have. Will it take some effort? Of course, but everything worth doing does. The bottom line is that you’re as happy as you choose to be. That may sound like harsh advice, but everyone needs to hear that. You can take steps to address any situation in your life, even the most tragic ones. The loneliness and sadness caused by the loss of a partner, friend or family member is real and very difficult to go through. But, even then, there are people who can help you get through these times and they’ll provide solutions and support you may not have thought of on your own. Social networks are very important in making and keeping new friends and keeping you active. Activity and a full social calendar are one of the best ways to address retirement depression.
This website is designed to give some information for guidance and suggestions on how to get more out of your retirement but, just like everything else in life, you will have to take the first steps. Do it today because this can be the most wonderful time in your life. It’s time to get on with your interests and chase your hidden dreams! It’s time to Enjoy Retired Life.