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What next after retirement? The shift from an active lifestyle to a controlled lifestyle at home during retirement can quickly make one feel lonely and isolated. Despite being psychologically prepared to retire from that job that you have had for most of your life, it is necessary to know how to fight loneliness. Here are some things you can do to keep feelings of loneliness at bay:
- Adopt a Pet
Pets offer the purest form of companionship that a person can ask for, especially if you are homebound. Pets will not judge or criticize you and accept you as you are, making pets a huge benefit to your physical and mental wellness. Since your family and friends may not always be around, they offer a suitable replacement in these moments. Before committing, ensure that you match the pet’s energy levels, mobility, and sustainability.
- Try Out a New Hobby
Fueling your brain with a new line of interest makes your life more interesting as it keeps you active. You can join groups with people of the same like-mindedness to keep you motivated. It could be from a book club, knitting, exercise, gardening, artwork, etc. Joining such groups also helps you grow your social network.
- Do Volunteer Work
With the numerous volunteer organizations and religious groups around, you have the chance to spread positivity around you. Besides, it also keeps your body physically and mentally active. Volunteer work doesn’t only involve donating items but also doing community service like cleaning up the streets or cooking in a children’s home. The more community service you get involved in, the more internally satisfied you feel.
- Reconnect With Family and Friends
Technology has enabled easier interaction of people across all walks of life. We understand that technology can be challenging to use at times, so don’t shy away from asking for help from your younger relatives who can help you use them.
Reconnect with friends you haven’t talked to for a while via social media, emails, or phone calls. If a physical meetup is difficult, you can use the available facial app to reconnect on a one-on-one through the available gadgets. Plan to spend time with your grandkids as well. These intergenerational connections breed a valuable and unmatchable relationship for both parties.
- Get Home Care Services
Besides the assistance you get from caregivers, they will also offer meaningful companionship. It is not a wonder that some seniors opt to move into retirement homes. However, depending on your arrangement, one can get senior living care services right from their homes. Either way, the goal is also to get the much-needed companionship.
- Get A Roommate
Yes, you read that right! Getting a roommate is not only restricted to the young generation. These days, roommate matching agencies perform background checks and connect you to people of like interests. A roommate can also help you reduce household costs exponentially and move to a larger apartment. You can also do many things with a roommate to chase the boredom.
- Participate In Mentorship Programs
Seniors have a vast knowledge of things and have knowledge and values to teach to the younger generation. There are many platforms where you can do mentorship programs. You can use the available social media platforms to reach many worldwide. Alternatively, you can also request sessions in your local church, schools, or other youth-sponsored community programs. As you mentor the youth, take time to listen to their issues so that you can address them with their parents. At times, all that the youth need is a listening ear, and if you have that in you, you will reach out to many of them.
- Enroll In A Class
It’s never too late to learn something new. You do not have to study complicated programs but settle for something you love. There is a chance that you could take a free class as a senior at a local community college. Being out there also gives you the opportunity to meet new people. So, do your research extensively.
Your mental health is as important as your physical health! Everyone needs to live an active and cheerful life throughout their lifetime. It would not be right to fall into depression because of loneliness when you get into old age.
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Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.