A lot of people look forward to retirement as a time to be free from stress and focus more on the things they enjoy.
This is the major reason the reality that they could still suffer from stress, anxiety, and some form of depression after retirement, comes as a rude shock to them.
Even though the stress of the workplace is over, the life of a retiree comes with its own unique kind of stress.
This could stem from being anxious about your loss of identity, adapting to a new relationship with your spouse, as you will now be at home more often than before, or even the financial implication of the reduction in income.
There are various healthy ways to cope with these challenges you might be going through. Here are some of the things you can do:
1. Be grateful
Choosing to be grateful for everything in life, even the small things such as a phone call from a family member or a long-time friend.
2. Don’t worry
Refuse to give in to worry. Worrying has never solved any problem, it only saps one’s joy and strength. Therefore, learn how to break from the habit of persistent worry, by challenging your anxious thoughts, and learning to accept life when it shows up.
3. Be physically active
You can be active irrespective of your limitations in mobility. Exercise is an effective way to relieve tension and stress. It also does wonders for your health.
4. Keep your mind productively engaged
Continually challenge your brain. The more active you keep your brain, the more you will protect yourself from falling into depression.
While it is sometimes difficult to adjust to retirement, there are many healthy ways to adjust and ensure that you live a happy and thriving life after retirement.
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