It’s quite common for people who have led busy working lives to retire and feel unhelpful, with a lack of self-worth. You must give yourself, or your partner a break and give them time to adjust to this feeling of detachment, as they move from one stage of their life to another.
Places of work are seen as socially active places with a good support network giving validating that you add value to “something” and are needed.
Dealing With Depression in Retirement
Dear reader’s; a list of frequent symptoms to look out for that directly relates to depression. If you or a partner share any of these symptoms it may suggest an issue with “depressive disorder”.
Continual fatigue and exhaustion.
Hesitation to leave the comfort of your own residence.
Insufficient personal care or hygiene.
Continual feelings of sorrow and unhappiness.
Not being able to concentrate on anything.
Feeling detached from family, friends and loved ones.
You stop doing activities that you once relished.
It’s not easy to break out of a depressive cycle,
and it’s something that can happen to anyone, at any time.
It’s very common for people to mask over depression so they appear happy and normal to others. You can often see through this when they spend periods of time alone and in isolation. Real or imagined.
Everyone wants to have that feeling of self-worth and importance, and want to feel that they are valued. Having your work come to a halt and “retiring” often breaks the social circle that you may have had at your workplace.
Before you make the decision to retire make sure that retirement is the right thing for you at this given time, as many companies and organisations allow employees to stay on well after retirement age. The main thing is to ask for help and guidance if you think you’re suffering from depression. It can be dealt with and it certainly isn’t a sign of weakness.