How you can help yourself
Each stage of life comes with its own joys and challenges and growing older is no different. Depending on your circumstances, you may feel that you don't have as much energy as you once did, or you may be enjoying a new hobby, such as running. You might have more time on your hands now that you've retired, or you could be struggling to balance the demands of caring for children or grandchildren, volunteering, and starting the business venture you've been putting off for years.
The opportunities for what you can do in later life are greater than ever and you can make the most of this if you feel good in yourself and take care of your mental and physical wellbeing.
More people are living alone than ever before. When you add this to retirement and the end of this daily social interaction, children growing up and moving on and the sad loss of loved ones, it's easy to see how someone could become isolated. This doesn't have to be the case.
Just because you've retired it doesn't mean that you need to stop working if you don't want to. This may be the ideal time to get involved in the community and learn new skills by volunteering. Not only will you get to make friends and meet new people, but you'll also get a sense of pride and achievement from giving back.
It is important for older people to try and remain active and socialise regularly in order to maintain their wellbeing. Taking part in a group activity or event can help keep you active while also tackling loneliness.
- The Community Wellbeing Hubs are a great place to socialise and remain active. You can read more about what the hubs do here.
- There is also a range of voluntary work across North Lincolnshire which can help you remain active whilst also providing a service to your local community. You may even make new friends!
- The Leisure Centres have all sorts going on so there is something for everybody. You can go swimming, join the gym or go to a group class. Read more about North Lincolnshire's leisure centre's here.
- It is thought that learning a new skill can promote wellbeing and decrease feelings of depression. Adult Community Learning offers many different courses at affordable prices, from creative writing to floristry. Read more here.
- Taking note of surroundings and being mindful about feelings in the present moment promote good mental health and wellbeing. Mindfulness allows people to become more aware of thoughts and feelings that they experience and to see how they can become entangled in negative thought processes, which provoke anxiety and depression.
- Read more about mental health and older people.