As you get older and approach retirement, it's not uncommon for you to experience mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Counselling can help with this, but there are also things you can do to help cope with how you feel. Read on for some helpful advice.
Coping with retirement
If you've worked for all of your life, retirement can be devastating and feelings of a lack of purpose and value are not uncommon amongst the newly retired. One way of combatting these feelings is by asking your employer if you could continue to work for them, perhaps in a part-time role or with flexible working hours.
Alternatively, why not seek out a whole new career in a totally different field? Sometimes, beginning a new job can rekindle feelings of worth and ignite a dormant sense of ambition. And with the retirement age becoming older and older, there's no reason why you can't continue working, but in a whole new area.
If you have family and a wide social circle, you may find that your post-retirement time is filled with enjoyable new activities. However, if you still feel that your days are empty, you could consider trying a new hobby or interest that you've not had time for while you were working.
People who have occupied a managerial or customer-facing position during their working lives often benefit from taking up voluntary work in the community. This can help to expand your social circle. It also gives you a sense of self-worth and value and allows you to utilise the skillset that you've developed during your working life.
Talking about your feelings
When you retire your life changes dramatically, and that's why it's important that you talk to others about how you feel. Bottling everything up can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. Have a chat with a counsellor if you want to talk to someone outside of your family.
You can combat feelings of being out of touch by making sure that you keep in touch with former colleagues. They can keep you up to speed with what's happening in your old job, as well as telling you about new innovations that you may find interesting.
If you have any concerns about your mental health, always go to see your GP and be ready to discuss how you feel. Conditions such as depression and dementia can creep up on you without you even noticing that there's a problem. There are treatments available for these issues in the form of drug therapy or specialist counselling, and it's important that you seek help and advice straight away.