Many seniors have a difficult time loving their new life. They’ve been through almost all of the stages of life such as infancy, toddlerhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood, and now they are seniors. While all of the other stages were full of opportunities and busyness, the senior years are much calmer. There may not be as much going on or you may not believe there are as many opportunities ahead of you. This can lead to feeling depressed due to the belief you lack purpose in life.
As a personal consultant, I help people just like you not feel this way about their senior years. I help them understand that they can love life just as much as they did during other stages. The following are 10 reasons you can start to love life again.
#1: You do not have to work anymore.
You’re retired. You do not have to answer to anyone. You are free to do what you want when you want to do it.
#2: You can do something good for the world.
Without having to work for money, you can start to volunteer your spare time. You can help others who don’t have as fortunate of a life as you. This can feel amazing and give you a purpose for living.
#3: You can hear the birds chirping and smell the spring air.
As you went through life, you had to try really hard to slow down and just be in the present. In retirement, you don’t have to do that. Instead of being depressed about the slowness of your days, appreciate all of the things that you didn’t before because of work, children, and other responsibilities.
#4: You don’t have to care for children anymore.
If you’ve raised children, you know the demands. Smile because now you don’t have those demands. As a grandparent, you get to experience the fun of it all and then send them home with their parents.
#5: You can sleep when you want to sleep.
You can sleep whenever you want to sleep. If you’re smirking because you can’t sleep soundly anymore, consider telling the doctor to get some help with it. At least you can take prescription medication to help you sleep and not have to worry about having to drive somewhere or going to work.
#6: You can take care of yourself.
When you were working, taking time out for a doctor’s appointment may have been a challenge. Now, you don’t have to worry about that.
#7: Many resources are available to help you.
Senior services assist people like you remain independent. You don’t have to rely on your family and friends for rides because there are transportation services for seniors. You can also take the bus or even walk to some places. You’ll have to make those arrangements, but it’s worth it when you get to do everything you need without dealing with other people’s schedules. Assistance with grocery shopping and other tasks are available too, so check with your local senior services organization.
#8: You can reflect on your life.
You’ve done a lot of great things in your life. To feel better about this stage, remember all of them and hold them tight. You have a purpose in this life, and the things you’ve done and will do shape that purpose.
#9: You can do so much more.
Don’t tell yourself you can’t do this or that because of medical conditions, immobility, or lack of motivation. To make yourself feel better about this stage, you’ll need to live it. Come up with some activities you’d like to try or start doing again, and then do it.
#10: Be positive.
Negativity can seep in when it seems as though your body is slowing down. Don’t allow the aging process get you down. Accept the changes that are happening, do what you need to do to keep yourself healthy, and do what you can do with your life at this time.
To love life, you must live it. Set out on a mission to experience this day and every single day going forward. If you need help with that, contact Kendall Van Blarcom. He is a personal consultant who can help you start loving life again.