As we get older and deal with depression
As we grow older we sometimes experience mild or not so mild depression. It can have to do with our diminishing basic health, or can be connected to emotional issues,such as the loss of a loved one,or the increasing sense of isolation, or by spiritual issues, when we contemplate the meaning of life and the approach of death.
Looking into physical causes includes: chemical imbalances in the brain, physical illnesses, certain combinations of medicines, also from diminished abilities such as hearing,sight, mobility and sexual energy. Always check with your doctor to dicuss all the possibilities and there is medical help available.
Be Good to yourself. eat well, walk if you are able, get plenty of rest . The idea is to stay as healthy as possible, both in mind and spirit. Keeping a healthy sense of humor is also important.
Remember a positive attitude is a habit that can be cultivated, and once that is done..it tends to repeat itself. "A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones." ---proverbs 17:22
Staying in touch with your friends and colleagues after retiring isn't as difficult as you may think...phone calls , e-mails , walks, lunching together, movies, card games, golf, to mention a few...remember none of us is too old to laugh and play. You will be amazed at how fulfilled you feel after lending a hand, reaching out in friendship,listening and helping with an errand.
Live a day at a time and fill each day with meaningful activity and you will find you're not distracted as often by nostalgia for the past or worry about the future .
Remember that depression can impair our judgement, leading us to make some not so good decisions. Wait until you have moved through what ever grief you have encountered...and depression has begun to lift..and your sense of pleasure has come back...before you make any major decisions.
Make any new decisions one at a time..slowly and seek advise from friends , family or lawyers. Explore the sources of your depression---whether physical, emotional or spiritual and take the steps you need to correct it. You may find that sometimes all depression is asking us to do is spend a little more time paying attention to our own needs.
And remember to enjoy life's many simple blessings: music, little children, pets, gardens, friends, sunshine, and laughter.' Never forget that this is God's world. God made it for us to enjoy...always '! G-Ma :o) hugs