Getting old? Learn how to live a good life after you retire

Ivan DimitrijevicStarred Page By Ivan Dimitrijevic, 28th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The most important thing is to understand all the problems and discomforts that aging brings and try to deal with those problems in the best possible way.


How will our life change when we get old? Can we handle it? What can we do in order to live in the best possible way once we hit retirement? These and many more questions start to burden our mind very early, and they should. The better we prepare for the old age, the better our life will be.

Common problems of the elderly

Some of the biggest problems all of us encounter after retirement are: too much free time, the feeling that we are not contributing to anyone, the feeling of us as an outcast that is only a burden to the people around us, the feeling that there are no things to explore in life, bad mental and physical health and one of the most serious problems - denial that we need help. Here’s what you should do to avoid facing these problems:

Step 1: Don’t let the boredom get you

Too much of free time at our disposal can turn out to be a big problem, believe it or not. Once people reach their retirement and stop working, a new problem can arise after only a few months. If you are used to working, you shouldn't let yourself stay idle for too long. Everybody needs relaxing and recovering from all those years of working, but as human beings we find it hard to get over old habits. We will constantly have this feeling that something is missing in our life and this will eventually lead us to developing mental problems such as phobias and depression, which can further be the cause of other health problems.

Finding something that will keep you busy during the day will help you lead a happy and healthy life when you get old. Hobbies such as reading, painting or sculpting, gardening, etc. will have a relaxing and at the same time recovering effect on your body and mind.

Step 2: Explore some more

Don’t get the feeling that you have seen and experienced everything in life and that there is nothing more to it. There are certainly plenty of things that you still can do. Travelling can be one of them, especially if you didn't have the time to do this in your youth. Explore rural and more urban parts of the world, see different architecture and cultures, try food from all around the world - because this is what living is all about. All these things that you couldn't do in your past and you regret not doing them are waiting for you in your retirement.

This also means that you could explore different styles of life. If you used to live in the city, maybe your retirement is the right time to try living in the countryside. All the noise and stressed life in the city might be too much for you in the old age.

Step 3: Take care of your health

You cannot live recklessly forever. One day, you will have to start thinking reasonably and start investing in your health. Maybe you will do this earlier, but you certainly should do it after you retire. Our health gets more and more fragile with years, so we need to take good care of our bodies and minds. Avoid too much stress and practice physical activity for a healthier and better life. Physical activity will give your body the strength it needs to deal with all the muscle and bone problems that might appear with age. In addition, it will make you happier and willing to live your life as you are supposed to.

Step 4: Accept your age

Don’t be so woebegone because you need a little bit of help from others. Accept your age and accept that you have different needs in life. Drinking medication that will help you remain healthy and sane is not a shame but a way of living. Just keep in mind that some people spend their whole lives on meds due to some illness. Seniors sometimes need special care and there are centers that provide such services. Good care and appropriate entertainment such as organized trips and socializing with other people from similar facilities are offered in senior housings. These are just some of the services offered, but stay relaxed as they will pamper you in every way.

Find the best way to live after you retire by enriching your life with different activities. You will only live your life once, so you might as well live it to the fullest.


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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Apr 2014 (#)

Well said!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
30th Apr 2014 (#)

Nice post!

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author avatar vandana7
12th May 2014 (#)

I agree.

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