When you are working a full-time job, you feel like you are contributing to your business or job. You feel worthy
and valued. People seek your opinion and advice. All that can change once you retire.
You may start to feel as if your experience and wisdom is not valued anymore and that you are not valued anymore. Feelings of hopelessness may start creeping in. Depression is never a good thing, no matter what your age is. But it is especially hard when you are retired. That feeling of helplessness and hopelessness must be fought.
Here are a few ways in which you can push back against depression…
1. Make New Friends and Stay in Touch With Old Ones
The feeling of hopelessness is more pronounced when you are alone. Getting out of your house will be a big step towards you kicking depression away from you.
Go for a walk around the block, maybe go to the park and engage with people. Making new friends and being a part of a group will give you a sense of belonging. And while we are on the subject of friends, why not get in touch with some old ones? Now that you have the time, look up your old college buddies and make a plan to hang out with them.
2. Have a Support System
Sometimes, all you need to do to cope with depression is talk to someone who might be going through the same situation. If you are uncomfortable talking to a therapist, you can talk to a friend or a loved one. Talking it out and putting your worries into words can make a big impact.
3. The World is Your Oyster
Now with the internet; you have the world at your fingertips. If you can’t connect with your old friends in person, you can always try the internet route. Or better yet, why not just travel? There are no more responsibilities holding you back anymore. Pack a bag and leave on the trip you have been putting off.
Having a change of scenery might be the thing you need to get rid of the feeling of depression.
4. Discover Your Artistic Side
When you have a job or a business to run, you don’t have the time to find what talents you might be harboring. Now is the time to figure that out. You can see what you are good at; maybe it is gardening or painting. Singing or writing? You can do anything you put your mind to.
At Optimal Senior Care Solutions, one of the most important services we provide is companionship. If you are unable to participate or do some of the things mentioned above, perhaps it’s time to consider a companion caregiver.
Click here for information on our Companionship Services.
These are just a few of the many ideas that can help you deal with depression.
Optimal Senior Care Solutions
Both Dan and Yvonne had personal experiences with the needs and challenges of caring for aging parents. They saw the need for a high quality professionally run yet personalized service to deliver the type of experience that they had a hard time finding.