During their working years, many individuals anticipate the joy they will feel upon retiring, but not all people end up feeling happier as a result of leaving the workforce. Here are some ways you can stay mentally healthy during your golden years.
Take Care of Your Mind.
Trying to stay mentally sharp can stave off feelings of boredom, depression, or cognitive slide. Consider doing a daily crossword puzzle, joining a card-playing group, or even taking a less stressful part-time role as a volunteer in a school or in your former industry where you had a career. This can continue to keep your mind stimulated, freshly solving problems and considering new ideas.
Take Care of Your Body.
When we think about mental health, we first think of the mind, but forget that the mind-body connection is strong indeed! Staying physically active can be as simple as taking your dog for a daily walk, but it can also include learning a new low impact hobby such as pickleball, bike riding, or golf. Most gym memberships include classes geared toward retired individuals, and now is the perfect time to take advantage of these opportunities. Classes offer the additional bonus of socializing and meeting new people.
Take Care of Your Soul.
Feeling at peace is more than simply religion. Leading a full life means having strong relationships with those who you feel happy around, including friends and family. Staying social can boost your mood, lower anxiety, give you something to look forward to, whether it be via phone, face time, or meeting with loved ones in real life.
A well lived retirement is a well rounded retirement. By activating your mind, moving your body, and enjoying the company of others, you can stay mentally healthy and thrive each day.
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