How to Care for Yourself After Retirement

What better time to learn about self-care than in September—national self-care awareness month. Developing good habits after retirement isn’t always easy, but it can be even harder if you don’t know where to start! We have come up with a simple, but effective plan for the start of your good self-care habits.

The 3 F’s of self-care

The first and most important “F” in self-care is friendships. If you’re well-past the retirement age, it is oftentimes difficult to find a niche of people to build or continue relationships with. However, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), between 15-20% of older adults have experienced depression. Friendships can greatly reduce the amount of stress in a person’s life, effectively lowering psychological health problems such as depression and anxiety. Relationships in older adulthood can be nurtured and created in places such as church, volunteer outreaches, and dancing groups to name a few. In addition, many communities offer social clubs and outings.

The second “F” of self-care is Fitness. Keeping your body moving is a vitally important thing in your health as you age. Especially after retirement, because your usual up and down routine of your work-life is no longer there. There are many ways to do low-impact exercise to stay in shape. You can go on a walk once a day around your neighborhood. Or, if you’re more into the social, group settings- which I would highly suggest, you can attend dancing groups- such as square dancing or get involved in group exercise classes at a local physical therapy clinic or other exercise clinic. Often, clinics such as these will offer classes for designated age groups with age-appropriate exercises.

The final “F” of self-care is food. What you put into your body is important at any age, but there are especially some nutrition guide lines that you should take advantage of now that you’re into your retirement. Folic Acid, Calcium, and vitamin B12 are all nutrients that you need to be eating. Foods rich in B12 include fish such as crab, oysters, sardines, and salmon. Foods rich in folic acid include rice, cornmeal, and spaghetti. Foods rich in Calcium include cheese, tofu, sardines, and almonds. Eating foods rich in these nutrients will allow your body to go through physiological processes more effectively and keep your energy high!

If you can discipline yourself to maintaining friendships, exercising appropriately, and eating properly, you will be on your way to developing great habits of self-care after retirement!

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