For most of us, our sense of identity is largely shaped by our careers and, without the routine of everything that comes with work – the stress, short deadlines, unnecessary meetings and long lunches with colleagues – we’re left with feeling isolated and lonely. That’s what this article is based on and offers a few ways that such isolation and loneliness can be combatted. Team RetyrSmart
Ways to beat loneliness in retirement
When you retire from work, you retire from human contact.
But, that doesn’t mean a happy and healthy retirement isn’t possible. It’s just a matter of turning that page and reinventing yourself to adjust to your new chapter.
We’ve put together a list of things to do avoid loneliness in retirement.
1. Change your routine
When you’ve worked your whole life, waking up to the realisation that you no longer have a place to go to every day can be quite a daunting thought. That’s why, changing your routine is essential and, while you’re finding ways to fill up your days with activities that excite you, you’re also discovering new things about yourself.
2. Volunteer your time
If you’re feeling detached, reach out to your local community centre and find a cause that resonates with you. There’s no shortage of volunteering opportunities that could benefit from your time. Make a decision about how much time you’ll be able to dedicate to the initiative each week and, create valuable connections with others.
3. Meeting new people
What we don’t realise is that most of the friendships that we’ve built exist in the workplace, so losing touch after retirement can have a huge impact on your social life. As you grow older, we might have to form a new social circle with people who share your interests.
4. Get social and stay connected
If you have grandchildren, you’ve probably not seen them without their smartphones since the last time you read them bedtime stories. Whilst it might seem like they’re disconnected from the world, social media has made it possible for them to feel even more connected. As a retiree, it could be wise to cash in on free lessons from your grandchildren and, to use social media platforms like Skype, FaceTime, Whatsapp, Instagram and Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family.
5. Join a vibrant community
When you’re feeling isolated, there’s nothing like finding a place that connects you with other people just like you. At Evergreen Lifestyle Villages, retirees have opportunities to connect with others in social clubs, Lifestyle Centres, dedicated games rooms and spacious communal areas – perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee with new friends………