Depression Help – Beating the Retirement Blues

Ah the joys of retirement! You can get up when you want. You don’t have to fight the traffic. You can do all those projects that you have waited so long to complete. Upon retiring you believed that you would be so happy. But, depression has set in. You feel totally useless. You may be worried about your retirement income. You are fighting all the time with your spouse. This is not what you envisioned at all! What do you do now?

Congratulations! You have already taken the first step by searching for some answers. The most important thing is that you understand what is happening to you. You realize that you have to get relief from all the stress. Depression support groups may be of value to you. You will learn the ways of stress management and, most importantly, realize that you are not alone. You will begin to understand that most people define themselves by what they do. You probably believe that you are not useful unless you are earning money. You are more than likely a person who thrives on hard work. This slower, less pressured life is just not for you. Now, what do you do to correct this intolerable situation?

Easy answer — get to work! There are so many things that you have the time to do. A great idea is to start your own business. Which one? The answer lies within you. What do you like to do the most? If you cannot decide, ask your mate for ideas. After all, they have known you all your life.

If you are a person who likes to fix things, start a repair business. Reach out to your neighbors who may need help with general repairs about the house. Keep your rates within line. Remember, they are probably retired also. You could barter. Exchange your services for something that they could do for you. Do you remember your grandparents? They always helped their neighbor and their neighbor always responded in kind. If you have the resources, you could purchase and old broken down house and refurbish it. Many houses are available these days for very little. After you fix it up, you can resell it and make a tidy profit! Before long you will so busy that you’ll be wishing for a slower pace. One thing is for sure, you will not be depressed any longer!

Not a handy person? Perhaps building an internet business would be more your style. There are so many out there. In order to choose the right one for you, you must do some investigating. Cruise the internet. Read up on scams. Educate yourself. Then pick the one that seems right for you. The most important tip that I can give you is to align yourself with the experts in the field. You will need a team to train you and guide you through the process. It is exciting to say the least! You will become so busy learning and experiencing new things that before you know it, your depression will disappear!

Mentoring may be a great choice for you. There are so many people that need your help and expertise that you have acquired. You can volunteer your services through many agencies. Most schools have after hours and weekend programs that need volunteers. Many children are in need of an adult that has the time to be with them, and teach them the values that they need in life to succeed. Senior programs need drivers to deliver meals to shut ins, or transport them to the senior citizen center. Hospitals and nursing homes always need volunteers. There are a great number of jobs available including helping in the store, bringing the goodie cart around, or spending time with those that do not have many visitors. Remember, those that give also receive.

As a reward for your new undertakings, you will regain your life. You will be useful to many people. You will have new found worth. Your home life will greatly improve as you can discuss the day when you get home. You will not just be sitting there any longer, wondering what to say next. You will be able to talk to your mate, not just argue with them over the least little thing. And the best thing that will happen is that you will have won. Yes, you will have beat those blues!

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