It is important to look after your well being in later life, especially as you embark on your well deserved retirement.
There can be a lot of changes during this time, you are giving up your work, downsizing and perhaps moving away, so it can lead to a lot of emotions that you need to ensure you are equipped to deal with.
To do this you need to make sure that you are looking after your wellbeing during retirement and know why it is so important to do so.
You may feel as though something is missing during your retirement, as after many years dedicated to working it may feel as though you no longer have a sense of purpose.
It can be difficult to adjust to a new daily routine where you don’t go into work. Being used to seeing colleagues everyday can leave you feeling slightly isolated and lonely when you don’t work anymore.
You may feel further away from your friends and family, especially if you are downsizing and moving away from them.
These can all be negative feelings so it is important to look after your wellbeing and understand these feelings are normal during this time of transition.
You have earned the right to slow down and you can still have a sense of purpose by volunteering for a charity or you may just enjoy some time socialising with others.
To look after your wellbeing during retirement you can talk to others who are also retired, as well as friends & family about how you are feeling.
They will be able to recommend, empathise and confirm that you are not alone in feeling like this and help you to feel better.
Don’t bottle up your feelings, as this will be at a detriment of your wellbeing, read blogs, speak to other residents and you will begin to see others are likely to feel like you too.
This can avoid you developing anxiety or depression and even some dementia problems.
Throwing yourself into a new hobby or activity is a great way to keep the mind active and help you look after your wellbeing.
Try something you’ve always wanted to take up, read a book or do something that you enjoy.
You will feel the positive effects and this will help your mood and resilience.
These are just a few reasons why looking after your wellbeing is so important during retirement. For more related information please check out our Blog.