How to Stay Happy and Avoid Stress When You Are a Senior
For many, retirement is a happy prospect with the freedom to do anything that you want on your own terms and pace. Whether it is to travel, take care of a loved one, start a second career or concentrate on a passion, being a pensioner has many benefits for older adults. What is essential is to prepare well for retirement so that you have nothing to worry about except staying happy and enjoying the rest of your years.
Save for the Rainy Days
Once you have saved up enough money, you are more likely to consider retirement. Not having sufficient funds to pay for day-to-day expenses and health care are compelling reasons why many seniors choose to stay longer at their jobs or continue working after they are sent to pasture. In addition, financial insecurity is a major contributor to stress that has negative effects on the physical and mental well-being. Saving as much while you can and paying off your mortgage or debts can help you settle happily into a fuss-free retirement.
Now, you have the freedom to do what you want while keeping yourself occupied. Start a new hobby, get a part-time job or offer your time to a charitable organization. Studies demonstrate those positive feelings or being happy improve both health and longevity.
Keep Yourself Fit
Happiness is also directly linked to your physical health. As you age, your physical abilities dwindle and you are more prone to diseases and chronic illnesses. Physical activity and exercise are known to improve health by lowering risks for diseases and enhancing heart & lung function.
Socialize and Connect with Friends and Family
Retirement means you now have more time to socialize and make new friends. Socializing more often also helps fight depression and loneliness. Human contact is very important for both mental and psychological health.
Embrace Senior Life
A new study shows that older people are more likely to be happier than their younger counterparts (Thomas et al, 2016). The reasoning behind this finding is, mature people have gone through more life experiences and gained wisdom in the process. As a senior, you are less likely to be impatient and are more accepting of changes. In contrast, younger people have high expectations to the point of being unrealistic. They are more likely to be depressed and have low levels of happiness. Despite factors that play against seniors such as declining cognitive abilities, physical dependence on others due to aging and the tendency to contract chronic illnesses, mature people are more resilient and able to cope with stressors.
There are many ways to train yourself to be happy and content by avoiding unnecessary stressors in your life. With a lot of patience and the determination to enjoy the remaining years, there is absolutely no reason why you won’t have a high quality of life after retirement.