Retirement is fun?
I sympathize with those people who are having a hard time dealing with retirement.
My job was eliminated in June, 2014. I am 65 and planned (tentatively) to retire at 66. My severance package brings me to within 3 weeks of turning 66 and collecting social security.
I am lucky - I have two brothers, a husband, and three children (as well as a very mature 9 year-old grand-daughter) who have been helping me with the anxiety and depression I have been feeling since a month or so before I retired. I saw my family doctor, am on an anti-depressant and also go to counseling, as well as taking anxiety medication in the morning, which appears to be the worst time of the day for me.
I am flabbergasted at what has happened to me. I had a stressful job and was looking forward to retirement. Now that it is here, I don't know how to deal with it - I have hobbies - I just don't have the drive or energy to pursue them.
I am fortunate in that I have been able to take 2 short vacations since retirement, but am back in the same slump when I am home.
I am working very hard to overcome my anxiety and depression. I work out at the wellness center 6 days a week, volunteer at a thrift store 3 mornings a week, occasionally volunteer at an assisted living facility, do most of the yardwork (we live in the country and have a huge yard), and take frequent drives with my husband who is also retired.
I also pray a lot for God's help. I will include you in my prayers. Thank you.
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