Staying Social After Retirement
Keeping a healthy social life after retirement is key to maintaining good mental health. Often times we find that once we retire, our work friends start to drop off and we need to find other ways to socialize. At Riverside we take pride in our community, we have many social activities available daily.
Make sure that you take a look in your local community for events, volunteering and activities that you may want to take part in. Even though you have retired, many retirees look to volunteering to stay active. At Riverside, we have daily activities for our residents. We encourage everyone to take part in. By staying involved with your community you can build many new friendships.
Becoming part of an active social life takes time. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find your fit right away. Try new things even if you think that you will not like them. You may find something that you never expected.
The internet is a powerful resource and you should take advantage of it. Many volunteer programs and activities are all posted online now. For Courtenay, you should check out The City of Courtenay and the Evergreen Club. These places are always looking for volunteers. If you are a resident at Riverside make sure to look out for our activity listings!
It’s Okay to be Alone
It’s important to remember that being alone sometimes is perfectly normal. If you are feeling lonliness you can do simple things like going for a walk, hike or browsing around the mall. It’s not good to be cooped up all day inside your home, a change of scenery can do wonders.
If you are having trouble re-adjusting to life after retirement you can always speak to a professional, but the important thing is to put in the effort.