5 Ways Retirement Can Go Bad

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When most people think about retirement, they think of a new era of extra time for fun hobbies and relaxation. While these things are definitely a part of most retirement periods, unfortunately, there can also be many negative aspects of retirement as well. As we age, our health often deteriorates. In addition, although sometimes people pay off their homes before they retire, large medical or other expenses can appear. As we age, we also often see more people we care about get sick or die, which can be emotionally exhausting and disheartening. Some people in their retirement even face boredom because they lack enough social activities or miss working regularly. So while retirement (and the age of retirement, even for those who don’t completely retire) should be a time of fun and happiness, it isn’t always fun. Here are five times that retirement isn’t enjoyable.

1. Boredom

While having more free time is usually a good thing, if you have too much free time and nothing to do with your time, you may be left feeling bored and even depressed. Too much time alone without structured activities can be difficult for people at any age, and the possibility of loneliness and boredom can be greater for people at retirement age because they experience a sharp change in routines. When you work for many years and then suddenly you work less, or you don’t work at all, the lack of structure and regular routine can be extremely difficult to get used to.

One of the best ways to combat this boredom is to seek out friends and people to spend time with, to learn new hobbies, and to make it a priority to get out of the house every day and do something.