Everyone talks so highly about the Golden Years. After decades of working, these are the years that you can enjoy all of the fruits of your labor. So why is that some people, perhaps you, don’t feel as great about these years? Why is this now the most depressing part of life?
There are a few reasons the Golden Years aren’t what you expected. Financial issues, lost loved ones, medical issues, and the list can go on. Despite all of these issues though, there are some ways you can feel better about life now.
#1: Change Your Perspective
Perspective is everything when you try to see the good in life. 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. You just need to try to focus on those and less on the negatives.
#2: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
You’ve been doing this for years, and probably when you entered the Golden Years, you’ve wiggled yourself into a comfortable way of life. Well, what was so exciting about your life before was the unexpected, and that usually came from stepping out of your comfort zone. To experience more to give you more joy, it’s time to get out there and do something different. What can you do today that you haven’t done before or in a long time?
#3: Socialize to Make New Friends
It’s work. The rewards are great for this time of your life though. Since you’re not working anymore, you don’t have as many ways to make new friends. This can cause you to feel depressed. Join some groups, organizations, or centers to meet people who are interested in the same things as you. From doing that, you’ll get to meet people to talk with and do things with to 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, or mental tasks because you just don’t have the patience you used to. Emotional support is important too. Help for this comes from 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, or you just can’t change your perspective and ways of living, contact me – Kendall Van Blarcom. I am a personal consultant that helps people just like you turn their life around, so they 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.
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