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Mental Health Resources for Retirees and Older People
Posted 28 Feb 2019
Getting older and retiring can be an exciting chapter in life!
With more time to do the things you enjoy, you can spend time with family and friends, explore different hobbies, and set yourself new, meaningful challenges.
In saying that, any life change can be unsettling and bring about uncertainty which may impact your mental wellbeing.
Follow these simple steps to look after your mental health for a happy and fulfilling retirement!
Being active keeps us alert, energised, in touch with others and lifts our spirits.
• do some gardening
• call a friend and chat to them on the phone
• read books or listen to music
• have a chat down at the shops
• play cards or do a puzzle
• go for a bush walk or ride a bike around your local park
Connecting with people provides you with the opportunity to feel a sense of belonging in the community, make new friendships and talk to others with similar interests.
• spend more time with family and friends
• join an acting or singing group
• explore your local community garden
• get to know your neighbours
• play chess, bingo or mahjong with your friends
• sign up to a local sport or recreation club
Commitment gives us a sense of meaning and purpose in life which increases life satisfaction and resilience.
• learn a new instrument, language or skill
• volunteer for a cause that has always interested you
• adopt or foster an animal
• work on a home improvement project
• make a financial plan for retirement
• get involved in a community service group such as Rotary or Probus
Here’s some free resources to help you Act-Belong-Commit:
- Access our Act-Belong-Commit Retirees Brochure
- Read our Guide to Keeping Mentally Healthy
- Download our Mindful Colouring Activity Sheets
- Download our Weekly Planner
- Explore our Activity Finder to find something to do near you