retirement careTaking care of your mental health in retirement is essential, especially if you plan on living in a retirement care community. If you’re anxious about the changes life is about to throw your way, have no fear; you’re not alone and you have ways to ease your anxiety.

Here are three ways you can de-stress and promote mindfulness when you transition into retirement.

Start journaling

Many people journal for a number of different reasons, but journaling about your day and focusing on the goods and bads is a great way to begin mindful reflection. While you don’t need to journal with a goal in mind, try to take something good out of hardship. For example, if you got into an argument with someone that day, reflect on what you can do to improve the situation in the future. For the great days, writing down these positive aspects of your life will encourage gratitude and optimism. This is key for those feeling anxious or depressed about entering a care facility for the first time.

Take up a creative hobby

Have you ever wanted to try something new but never had the time? Maybe you tried out a new hobby a couple years ago but you weren’t very good at it. Your retirement is the perfect time to pick up a new, creative hobby.

You’ve worked hard for so long. You deserve to create, encourage, express yourself in new ways. Whether that be through painting, blogging, carving, or crafting, opting for a hobby that yields tangible results works wonders on your self-esteem, whether it’s a “good” piece of art or not (remember, the act of creation is amazing in itself!). Over time you’ll see improvement, however small.

Stay in-tune with the world’s happenings

When you enter a retirement community, it can feel like you’re closed off from the rest of the world. By taking time each day to read the paper or watch the news, you’ll feel more connected within your community and with the world. Try sharing a positive or interesting piece of news each day to spur conversation. This could be with your specialized caregiver or another member within your assisted living home.

Try something new each week

Or each day if you’re particularly goal-oriented. These goals can be as small as brushing your teeth in a new way or as large as attending a class lecture for the fun of it. Read a book in a genre you don’t like. Visit the movies. Go to lunch with someone new. You have the rest of your life to experiment and explore.

Nearly 55% of people worry about becoming a burden to their families in their retirement. Whether you enter a retirement care facility, stay at home, or need dementia treatment down the line, trying these mindfulness tips will help ease frustration and promote optimism. For more information on retirement care, visit Heritage Hills today.