As retirement approaches, it can be difficult to adjust to the major life changes that come with leaving the workforce. One of the biggest worries for many people transitioning into retirement is loneliness and feeling a lack of purpose or identity. To help ease this worry and make your transition into retirement more enjoyable, try these tips from U.S. News & World Report to ensure that loneliness doesn’t become a part of your retirement experience.
- Stay connected with old friends – Even if you can’t meet up in person, make an effort to keep in touch with old friends through emails, phone calls or social media. Staying connected with your network of support is essential for keeping loneliness at bay.
- Get involved in new activities – If you’ve always wanted to take a class, join a book club, or start a hobby, now is the perfect time to do it. Taking on new activities can help keep your mind stimulated and open up opportunities to meet new people.
- Take advantage of technology – There are lots of ways to stay connected with family and friends from afar using video chat services like Skype or Facetime. You can also join online communities related to your favorite hobbies and interests to stay socially engaged virtually.
- Use your free time to volunteer – Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house, feel productive and meet new people who share the same passions as you. Many organizations need help with administrative tasks in addition to more hands-on positions, so there’s something for everyone.
Whether you’re looking for new activities to take on, ways to stay connected with old friends, or just need a change of scenery, these tips can help ensure that loneliness isn’t an issue when transitioning into retirement. The Seniors Center is here to help. Never miss a post by following us on Twitter and Facebook, learning more about our mission, and helping us take action by signing our online petition.