Being busy beat retirement depression
I retired at the end of July 2018 and until October was extremely busy with a lot of outdoor work on a house we recently purchased.
Then it hit me - the feeling of not having anything I wanted to do. I was also depressed that despite a real shortage of people on my previous team, that no one had asked me to help out on a short term or part-time basis. And being together all the time was difficult for my husband and I.
I was helped in some sense by a friend who advised that this may be perfectly normal in the early days of retirement, and then finding statistics and this website that suggest that thee feelings are not uncommon.
Then in late November a number of things happened that created a couple of very busy weeks and I found myself feeling less depressed. Now I know that I need to find more things that occur on a regular basis to occupy my time.