Age and Depression Go Hand in Hand – If You Let It – My God, I thought to myself, another year is over half over. Christmas in July sales are beginning, and within 5 months I’ll have another birthday and become another year older. Is this ever going to stop? Should I start planning my funeral so my family won’t be burdened with that ? Where is the time going and how can I make it slow down?
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. There is no way you or I are going to slow down the essence of time. It’s going to march on at the same pace it always has and there’s not one thing we can do to change that. So my friend, rather then worry everyday about how old we’re getting, jump on the bandwagon of life and put as much as you possibly can into each and everyday we still have here on this planet.
Here are some ideas I have to help you enjoy those “AARP” years to their fullest potential. These aren’t things I invented on my own. I’m not that brilliant. These are just some observations I have made while watching others really get out there and make the utmost use of their time.
1. Make sure you’re taking care of your physical, mental, and spiritual needs. If you’re not feeling well, seek the help you need to keep yourself in tip top shape. An unhealthy body is sure to put you in a more depressed state of mind. Take care of number one; you, yourself. Remember you deserve to be good to yourself.
2. Get yourself involved in things you really enjoy. Now is the time to pursue that hobby that you thought you’d always like to do. Do it today, not tomorrow, for time is fleeting.
3. Exercise, exercise, ex cerise! This can be something as simple as walking around the block with a group of friends. There are also fitness programs out there designed for seniors like the “Silver Sneakers” club. Check out your local fitness clubs like the YMCA & YWCA for more information on this program or others that may be available in your area. Exercise is good for both your physical and mental well being.
4. You may want to consider becoming a volunteer at some capacity. There are so many people and places that can use a helping hand. Helping someone else may help get your mind off your own problems and issues, at least temporarily anyway. It could also maybe you feel good about yourself too.
5. If you like to travel, now is the time to take that cruise or Amtrak vacation you’ve been dreaming about.Try to go someplace that you may not have visited before. You may enjoy seeing a culture that’s different from what you’re accustomed to. If you’re not that adventurous, just take your vacation doing something you thoroughly enjoy such as visiting family and friends, going to a casino, or how about a second honeymoon. Whatever you enjoy doing, it will be a break from the everyday mundane routine.
These are just a few basic things I have touched on that will help fill your days and not leave you with an abundance of “feeling sorry for yourself because I’m getting older” time. We’re all here for a certain amount of time. What we make of that time is up to us. I suggest you make the most of each and every moment of your precious time here on this good earth, because you certainly deserve it.
Sources: Active Outlook