1. Maintain social connections.
One major sign of depression is isolation and not socializing. Make plans to do something with a friend even if it’s just to have a cup of coffee or watch a movie together.
You can also connect with other people by joining a book club or exercise classes. Look for activities in your area that you can participate in on a regular basis.
2. Find a sense of purpose.
After retirement, you might start to feel like you have lost your sense of purpose. You no longer have the primary responsibilities that come with a job and full-time career. If you don’t replace them with something new, you run the risk of feeling like your life has no real purpose.
Finding a meaningful way to give back to the community or supporting a cause you care about can make a big difference in how useful and fulfilled you feel.
3. Stay active.
Adding to the list of reasons to include in your life is this: it can help stave off depression.
Working the body helps release feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin that can naturally lift the mood without the use of medications.
While you should be careful not to try exercises that can cause injury, your doctor should be able to recommend some safe workouts you can make part of their daily routine to avoid depression.
4. Make time to be alone.
Although loneliness is one of the most common causes associated with depression, it is also important to have opportunities to spend time alone.
When you are emotionally healthy, you can comfortably move between being with others and being alone.
What to do if you are depressed
While prevention is best, many people won’t know to recognize a problem until they are already experiencing depression and it will be harder to try the tips above.
Getting professional help is key. There are trained therapists and psychologists who have strategies for helping people overcome depression. Speak with your doctor who can refer you to the most appropriate professional.