When people plan out their retirement they don’t usually expect post retirement depression. That’s the situation one woman has found herself in after retiring from her full-time teaching position.
Posting in online forum Gransnet, the woman said since she retired from work 18 months ago, she feels lonely, depressed and lacks energy.
She wrote: “I retired through choice, my career pension is good, everything should be good for me, but I feel lonely and depressed and totally lack energy.”
The woman said she does a bit of private teaching, volunteers at a primary school and goes to a music group once a week to keep her occupied.
“But if the rest of my life is to be like this, well not sure I can cope,” she added. “I am not one for joining groups etc. I get a local free magazine & look at the clubs etc every month but I see nothing that interests me.
“It lacks purpose, I don’t know what to do. I feel that no one cares whether I get out of bed in the mornings or not. Please tell me it gets better,” the woman pleaded.
It seems many readers have been through a similar experience with their own retirement, with many adding it’s tricky at first to adjust.
“It takes time to adjust to retirement especially after a busy, rewarding job. Try and arrange one thing to do a day,” one commentator wrote.
Another wrote: “I think retirement needs a period of adjustment, it is hard to go from a full on, needed by everyone and in a prominent role type job to having loads of time.”
A third added: “Hi ..i know exactly how you feel! I retired same time and although i try to be busy etc its a lot of time to fill.”
Others readers, however, said retirement is the best, with one writing: “From my point of view it is the best thing in the world, and I wish I could have done it when I was younger! This is YOUR time – I hope you find a way of looking at it in a positive light as an opportunity rather than an ending.”