Are you enjoying your Golden Years? After decades of working, these are the years for you to take pleasure in all of the fruits of your labor. So why is it that some people, perhaps you, aren’t as happy as they planned to be? Why is this now the most depressing part of life?
There are a few reasons the Golden Years aren’t what you expected. Some are stressed about financial issues. Others feel emotionally overwhelmed by loss and medical issues. Whatever issues are troubling you, there are ways you can feel better about life. 5 tips follow, to learn more connect a personal counselor.
#1: Change Your Perspective
Perspective is everything. You can look at life negatively, or you can look at it positively. Right now, you’re probably thinking, “Oh sure – there’s so much to be positive about – look at all the trouble I am going through now.” You have a point. You do. However, there are always positive aspects of your life to look at, no matter what you’re going through. Try to focus on those and less on the negatives.
#2: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Everyone can get set in their ways. And when you entered your Golden Years, you likely wiggled yourself into a comfortable way of life. But what was exciting about your past life could have been unexpected meetings and events. To get those back you need to step out of your comfort zone. If you get out there and do something different, you may find joy. What can you do today that you haven’t done before? Or is there something you enjoy that you haven’t done in years?
#3: Socialize to Make New Friends
It’s work, but there are great rewards for spending time and energy on building friendships. Since you’re not working anymore, new connections may be harder to come by. This can cause you to feel depressed. But there are ways to connect with others. Join some groups, organizations, or centers to meet people who are interested in the same things as you. When you do that, you’ll meet people to talk to and do things with, which can improve the quality of your life.
#4: Tackle the Challenges
There are many times in your life that you’ve solved problems. You’ve been confronted by challenges, you’ve analyzed the problems, and come up with solutions and took action on them. Just because life is different, it doesn’t mean you should stop doing that. Identify the problems in your life right now, and figure out how you are going to solve them.
#5: Accept Support from Others
There’s nothing wrong with allowing people to help you. You can probably think of a million times you’ve helped others, and now, it’s your turn to receive the same type of help. This help can come in the form of allowing people to do things for you because you don’t have the strength to do them on your own, or mental tasks you just don’t have the patience with that you used to. Emotional support is important too, including talking to people to vent all of the thoughts and feelings you have right now.
If you’re feeling lost because you don’t have the people you need to turn to, or you don’t know how to solve the problems in your life, personal consulting could be the ideal solution. You can live better in the Golden Years. These years may not be all that you expected, but they can be quite close to it with just a few changes.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.