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Depression and Your Retirement Living: Don’t Suffer In Silence

Depression And Your Retirement Living: Don’t Suffer In SilenceDepression and your retirement living: don't suffer in silence

Are you making sure that Depression and your retirement living is not a concern?  You want to be happy in your retirement living, not spend this time depressed and unhappy.   

Make sure depression’s not a part of your retirement living.  This link will take you to an interesting short Ted’s Talk about depression, and what you deal with if you are not aware.  This talk is about how the speaker dealt with depression at another time in her life, and how she realized what was going on.  Yes, it’s a silent disease.

This Illness called Depression

Retirees are especially prone to this illness.  Depression is an illness that you need to protect yourself from.  Do not allow yourself to become embarrassed.  This isn’t a character flaw.  It’s an illness.  There’s not a vaccine to protect you. 

Knowledge and awareness go a long way to alerting you when there’s a condition developing.  Doctors seldom know all the facts surrounding the condition, so they have little chance to intervene on your behalf.   They just don’t know that you’re really bored with your time in retirement.  Think about it, would you say to your Dr. “I’m bored with retirement?”   

Speak Up 

Think about it, would you say to your Dr. “I’m bored with retirement?”  Of course, you wouldn’t.  To many of you just bluff your way through your days, until you have isolated yourself into a bored and depressed corner. 

Learn to speak up

A depressed state of mind needs some help getting out. 

The purpose of this bit of research that was done was to bring you into an awareness to make sure you do not get trapped into this illness. 

Do not suffer in silence.  There is help available, and you need to stay alert to what is happening.  If you are already stuck in depression when you retire, you need professional help. 

Get that help. 

Retirement time is not a special time set aside to let you be unhappy, depressed and miserable.  This time is your life is for living your dream.  Doing what you want to when you want.  Oh yeah, remember to add to what you want and when you want the other bit of the saying, less of what I don’t want to do.

Oh yeah, remember to add to what you want and when you want, the other bit of the saying, less of what I don’t want to do.  You do have a choice. 

Get over denial

Stop denying to yourself that you need help.  Talk to a trusted peer.  Seek out a health care professional. 

Check with your Minister at your church, is there a program available that will allow you to talk to someone trained for helping at these times.  Will you continue to suffer in silence because you are embarrassed?  Or afraid.  There is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.  

You do have something to be afraid of.  Be afraid that you will wake up 5 or 10 years farther on your retirement journey and not be living the life you dreamed of.  Now that is a reason to be embarrassed.  

If you had cancer or suspected you had it, you would be on Google, in the Dr.s office.  Doing anything you could to find out.  

Folks, this is a diseaseDepression and your retirement living

Folks, this is a disease.  A real health problem.  The ways most retired individuals self-treat this disease is to ignore it.  Then there is the withdrawal even more from participating in activities.  There is less social stimulation. 

When this silent disease enters your life, you wake in the mornings with nothing to do that you really want to do.  You continue to just sit. You don’t get exercise.  As well as not eating a good healthy diet.  You can be prone to excesses like drinking too much because you are bored.

The Golden Years

You are retired.  This is supposed to be the “Golden Years.”  You are working hard to get here and deserve to be happy and fulfilled in your retirement living.   

This is as good as it gets.  You have accomplished most of what you set out to do.  Your fortune is made!  You have nothing else to worry about!  You will receive a free ticket for the rest of your life. 

Is this how you have always considered retirement to be?

Mind Games

No one warns you about the games that your mind can play at retirement time.  If there is a chance, the depression will sneak in the smallest crack in your life.  

It can happen as you attempt to adjust to retirement and are trying to find what you want to spend your retirement years doing.

Depression can be sneaky

You can often be unaware of the advances this condition will while you are still working.  Many people live with depression for a lifetime.  Depression is often the reason you have that smoking habit you can’t kick.  That drinking urge that has grown as you got older. Finding yourself opening the fridge at non-mealtimes more often.

Depression is often the reason you have that smoking habit you can’t kick.  That drinking urge that has grown as you got older. Finding yourself opening the fridge at non-mealtimes more often.

You do weird things when you are in going through the different stages of your life.  Sometimes it is a coping mechanism your mind develops to explain things that are going on in your life.  Are you sure this is not the first stage of depression? 

There are all sorts of things that can cause a stumbling block.  Imagined or real slights build up and then you have a real blow that weighs heavy on you. These slights making things seem different. 

You see things with a different frame of mind and find yourself not as energetic, not as happy,  or as positive as you were.  You start to doubt the actions you are taking.  The way others relate to you?  Yes, my friend, you will be seen differently after retirement.  A depressed condition can develop.

What You Can Do   

Speak up is always the first defense that will break through that wall that depression is building. 

When you are aware that you can help yourself feel better.  Are you ready to be happy and active in retirement? You can prepare to fight off this silent disease.

If you want to see if you are just bored, you can use this list of suggestions to get your life going in a better direction.  A direction that will lead to a happier life. 

This simple planning suggestion will help you get your day going better and a more positive living experience for yourself.  I used one very similar when I was getting out of the bored state that was trying to turn into depression when retirement time started. Depression and your retirement living

Maybe it can help you. You are aware.  Is this “too late message”  for you?  How will you start on a better path for your retirement living?

 

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