How to Beat the Retirement Blues and Celebrate Your Golden Years

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Highly productive members of society frequently are faced with depression after retiring from their career. Discover some useful tips to help make your golden years truly golden.
Highly productive members of society frequently are faced with depression after retiring from their career. There is a sense of loss. Not knowing where you fit into society. The golden years may actually become years of sadness, worthlessness, depression, and loneliness, UNLESS you do something about it. Take a look at these ideas. You might just find the key to truly make your golden years golden.

1. Get involved in a volunteer activity.

Helping others is a great way to improve your self-esteem and increase your social interaction. Why not volunteer for a cause that you are passionate about to put that spark back into your life. Check out VolunteerMatch to find great volunteer opportunities close to home.

2. Babysit your grandkids.

Seniors and young children are a magical combination. Treat yourself to the joy of viewing the world through the wonderment of a childís eyes. Children love the fact that seniors have the time to eagerly listen to their stories. This attention makes them feel important and special. This is a win/win combo!

3. Take an art class at a local community college.

Community colleges or adult education programs are a great place to find affordable classes on a variety of interesting topics.

4. Work as a consultant in the field of expertise.

Youíve spent decades in your profession, and have earned the right to call yourself an expert. Why not be a consultant? You can name your hours, make a handsome salary, and still have time for yourself.

5. Be a part of the block watch committee in your neighborhood.

You spend a lot of time home now, yet all those years you were working you barely got to know your neighbors. Why not volunteer to be part of the neighborhood block watch? You will get to meet and socialize with your neighbors while creating a safer community in which to live.

6. Become active in your church.

Spirituality, becoming clear on your views of God, discovering the meaning of life, and other deep esoteric questions become increasing important as one comes to terms with ones own mortality. Why not becomes an active member of your worship community? Grow your own spirituality, share your wisdom with others, and be of service to a valuable cause.

7. Support your favorite politician.

You have opinions on politics. Why not find a person or party and embodies your views and become a political supporter? It will be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals.

8. Start your own home-based business.

A home-based business may be just the ticket for you. You may get a home-office tax deduction (verify with your accountant), be able to work your own hours, and make a little extra spending money.

9. Start writing articles and submitting them to your favorite magazines.

Reader's Digest pays $300 for the a 100 words or less story for Life In These United States, All in a Dayís Work, or Humor in Uniform. Check the other magazines that you read to find other opportunities to make cash for your articles.

10. Pursue your favorite hobby.

Now that you are retired, you have all the time in the world. Pursue your favorite hobby or discover a new one.

Live each day to the fullest! Each day is precious! Make your golden years truly golden!

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