For most of us, having spent about two-thirds of our lives working, we look forward to retirement when we no longer need to drag ourselves out of bed every morning and go through the daily hustle and grind at work. The idea of retirement is exciting as it usually means that we have achieved financial freedom and will be able to spend time doing what we love. However, little is spoken of the boredom and loneliness that we may experience after retirement. Retirement brings with it not only too much time on hand but also a significant reduction in social interactions with others.
Social Circle after Retirement
Since we no longer need to interact with our colleagues, vendors and business associates, our social circle after retirement will shrink considerably. As a retiree, our social network is likely reduced to family members, friends, relatives and perhaps occasionally our neighbors. With the passage of time, some of these relationships would have been diluted as we become estranged from our friends. As we enter our golden years, we would also have to deal with the loss of some of our loved ones. If you have lost your significant half, you may also experience feelings of isolation.
To prevent loneliness, we need to remain connected with others. Other than rekindling some old friendships, we can also be proactive in growing our social circle.
Participate in Activities
Now that you have time on your hands, there are so many activities you can enjoy. Visit the gym, go for walks, sign up for yoga classes, find new hobbies, engage in social causes by helping the poor and the needy, participate in church activities and more! You can even continue with lifelong learning by enrolling in your favorite courses. By participating in activities, you will get to meet people and make new friends.
Move into a Retirement Community
If you do not wish to be burdened with the upkeep of your house and the hassle of household chores, moving into a retirement community is an option worth exploring. At the retirement community, you can look forward to concierge services, daily housekeeping, well-balanced and nutritious meals and participate in fun activities and events. Not only will you get opportunities to socialize with like-minded people and grow your network of friends, but also live a carefree lifestyle.
Join Our Independent Living Community
In our Independent Living community, our exclusive senior living programs will allow you to live each day to the fullest. Our programs are extremely comprehensive, incorporating every dimension from personal grooming needs and fitness and wellness to art appreciation and beyond. While digitalization and social media allow us to keep in touch with our friends virtually, nothing beats the physical proximity of a hello and a warm embrace from our friendly team members and your fellow residents within the community. In our Independent Living community, you need not worry about being lonely. You can focus on doing what you love while enjoying the companionship of others.