Loneliness, boredom, social inactivity, and anxiety are some of the biggest challenges of retirees. Some research has shown that boredom is a key symptom of depression.
Unfortunately, to find a solution to their feeling of loneliness they turn to social media or bingeing on television to feel better, but this does not necessarily solve the problem, all it does is simply divert your attention.
Finding a permanent solution requires you to look inside of yourself and find out what is causing you pain and be intentional about the steps you will take to solve this problem.“Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young” – Henry Ford Click To Tweet
Here are some steps you can take.
- Establish a routine by organizing your day through an activity schedule. This simply means writing down a series of activities you intend to carry out in a day. This can be done in various formats ranging from just a simple to-do list to a timetable.
- The fact that you are retired is not an excuse to stop reading. If your eyesight permits you, this is the time to read all the books that you’ve been planning to read over the years. In the event that you have eye challenges you can listen to audio books. When you start reading allow yourself to progress slowly and steadily by reading the number of pages that you can read per day. Or you can join a book club. Reading will enrich your mind.
- There are lots of skills and knowledge you can acquire by connecting to the world from your smartphone or laptop. There are lots of learning going on online. Our ex-president, General Olusegun Obasanjo, obtained his Ph.D. degree at the age of 80.
- The world has gone digital, you really need to join the moving train and don’t be left out. It can be very hard sometimes to understand and there is also the issue of online insecurity. Take the bold step to join the moving train but be very cautious. “Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford.
Your mind is anything but calm when you are lonely and bored. The best gift you can give yourself is to learn how to take charge of what is going on in your mind.