Get Happy Now


Arnette Travis

by Arnette Travis
Author/Activist/Advocate, RLACEI Contributing Author

Retirement is a time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. However, it can also be a time of anxiety and stress. For some people, retirement can lead to depression. According to a 2020 study published by the National Library of Medicine, nearly one-third of Retirees in the United States develop symptoms of depression.

If you are retiring soon, or if you are already retired, it is important to be aware of the risk of depression and to take steps to avoid it.

Depression is a common mental illness that can affect anyone. It is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness and worthlessness. Depression can also cause changes in sleep, appetite, energy and concentration. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional help.

There are several things you can do to avoid depression in retirement. Here are a few tips:

  • Stay active. Exercise is a great way to boost your mood and reduce stress.
  • Stay connected with friends and family. 
  • Find new activities that you enjoy.
  • Set goals for yourself, both short-term and long-term.
  • Take care of yourself. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods and managing stress. 
  • Make a plan for your retirement. This will help you feel more in control and less stressed about the future.