Most people look forward to retirement as a glorious end to their working years.
You picture days filled with doing all the things you’ve wanted to do but never had time.
While retirement can be fun and carefree, it can also be stressful. Retirees worry about staying healthy, having enough money to maintain their lifestyle, and the overall adjustment to a new life.
Stress and worry aren’t good for your body or your mind!
It’s important that you know how to de-stress when those worries start creeping in.
Here are some tips to help.
1. Just breathe
Some easy breathing exercises can have a big effect on your stress levels and your blood pressure.
Breathe deeply and focus on the things in your life that you’re thankful for.
2. Get a massage
Many people swear by the relaxing, anxiety-reducing effects of a good massage.
A full massage isn’t for everyone, however.
If the idea makes you feel more nervous than calm, consider a facial, a hand or foot massage, or a mani-pedi.
Don’t be afraid to pamper yourself once in a while – you deserve it.
3. Play with your pet
Take your pup for a leisurely stroll or snuggle up with your cat.
Pets can offer you much-needed love and comfort to soothe your worries.
If you don’t have a pet of your own, consider visiting a local animal shelter or even volunteering.
Whether you enjoy poetry, a light-hearted romance or biographies of inspirational people, take time to enjoy the pleasure of reading.
It has the power to calm you and take your mind off things that may be troubling you, as well as improving memory and giving your brain a boost!
5. Take an exercise class
Find something that’s just your speed and go for it.
Water aerobics is gentle on your joints and yoga for seniors will give your muscles a soothing, calming stretch.
If something upbeat is more your speed, try a SilverSneakers dance class.
There’s something out there for everyone.
The very act of writing out what’s on your mind can help you to gain some clarity and even come up with possible solutions.
It doesn’t have to be elaborate, fancy or even spelled correctly, just put your worries on paper.
It can help to share your worries with a friend or counselor, as well.
7. Play a game
Whether you make a standing date to play checkers with your friend or you have a monthly board game night, find a way to fit some game time into your schedule.
Your brain will benefit from the challenge and your spirit will benefit from the social interaction.
8. Walk the mall
There are endless entertainment opportunities at your local mall.
Shop, people-watch, grab a snack or sit down for coffee. Meet your friends for a visit or enjoy some solitude.
9. Get artsy
You don’t have to be an artist to take up painting or drawing, and you don’t have to be an experienced seamstress to knit, sew or do needlepoint.
Just creating something will ease your mind. Giving away your creations as gifts will bring you joy.
Daily laughter is good medicine.
When you feel the weight of the world bearing down on you, watch a funny movie or TV show. Read something that makes you laugh or call that friend that never fails to make you giggle.
11. Take Care of Yourself
Get a good night’s rest, exercise every day, get out into the sun and eat a balanced diet.
Be intentional about taking care of yourself – physically, mentally and emotionally.
Put self-care first
Troubles and worries will come, but they don’t have to take over!
Make the effort to breathe deeply, crack open a great book or stroll the mall.
Count your blessings!
Whether you’re walking a dog or reading some comic strips, laugh and have fun!