Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
13 Apr
Happy Tuesday, Widso World!  Dr. Retirement is here for today's live session.  What's on YOUR mind regarding retirement?  
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
13 Apr
Really! Anything at all on your mind today is open for discussion. I'm a wealth of information...so I'm told!
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
13 Apr
One thing almost all of us have been dealing with is loneliness and social isolation. I looked up a few articles to share this week about what to do about that. The first is at https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-cope-with-loneliness-during-coronavirus-4799661 and they suggest the following: Keep to a schedule Stay informed Stay active Do something meaningful Connect with others Regarding family & friends Online connecting Find sources of comfort Create something Writing/Art/Home projects and more. Next: Ways to distract yourself!
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
13 Apr
Continuing from that above referenced article: "Distract Yourself Another way to boost your mental health is to find healthy distractions. This might come in the form of reading, watching shows, listening to music, or finding other activities that interest you. Below are some ideas to help. Read • Go back and re-read some of your favorite childhood books • Join an online book club like the ones at Goodreads • Give yourself a reading challenge by choosing a list of books you've always wanted to read or a list based on a theme (e.g., books all set in places you've always wanted to visit) • Read books of poetry if you find it too hard to concentrate on longer books • Read magazines on topics that interest you • Listen to audiobooks through services like Audible or Scribd if you struggle to read or have vision problems Watch TV/Movies • Watch TED talks on Youtube about topics that interest you • Watch a series of movies on a theme (comedy movies will help to ease your stress) • Watch a television series on Netflix • Watch documentaries on topics you've wanted to catch up on • Listen to podcasts on topics you like Create or Listen to Music • Go back and listen to your favorite songs from when you were a teenager • Create a playlist of happy songs and listen to those • Plan an instrument such as the piano or guitar Other Fun Ideas • Take a virtual tour: Many museums offer digital access to their collections including the Louvre and Guggenheim • Play games that engage your mind such as Sudoku, crossword puzzles, solitaire, or online chess."
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
13 Apr
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
13 Apr
"Distract Yourself Another way to boost your mental health is to find healthy distractions. This might come in the form of reading, watching shows, listening to music, or finding other activities that interest you. Below are some ideas to help. Read • Go back and re-read some of your favorite childhood books • Join an online book club like the ones at Goodreads • Give yourself a reading challenge by choosing a list of books you've always wanted to read or a list based on a theme (e.g., books all set in places you've always wanted to visit) • Read books of poetry if you find it too hard to concentrate on longer books • Read magazines on topics that interest you • Listen to audiobooks through services like Audible or Scribd if you struggle to read or have vision problems Watch TV/Movies • Watch TED talks on Youtube about topics that interest you • Watch a series of movies on a theme (comedy movies will help to ease your stress) • Watch a television series on Netflix • Watch documentaries on topics you've wanted to catch up on • Listen to podcasts on topics you like Create or Listen to Music • Go back and listen to your favorite songs from when you were a teenager • Create a playlist of happy songs and listen to those • Plan an instrument such as the piano or guitar Other Fun Ideas • Take a virtual tour: Many museums offer digital access to their collections including the Louvre and Guggenheim • Play games that engage your mind such as Sudoku, crossword puzzles, solitaire, or online chess." There! Much easier to read!!
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
13 Apr
Other things suggested are forward looking. "Plan for the Future While it might feel like this loneliness will last forever, there will come a time that you'll be back to your usual routines. One way to feel less alone now is to make plans for the future or do things that help you to focus on the future. Below are some ideas. • Make a "future list" of all the things you want to do • Order online and plant some spring bulbs • Plan a fun event for when you are out of isolation • Make a bucket list of things to do in your lifetime • Make a "goals" list for some area of your life Practice Self Compassion Most importantly, practice self-compassion during this difficult time. If you find yourself saying things like "I shouldn't be feeling this way" or pushing away difficult emotions, this will only make your loneliness persist. Instead of resisting your feelings, instead, find ways to be accepting of them as coming and going. This helps to take away their power and ease your unhappiness. Remember that your feelings will change. If you are still struggling, try practicing guided meditation following a Youtube video. Show Compassion to Others It might seem counterintuitive, but if you are struggling yourself, sometimes offering help to others who are feeling lonely can make you feel less lonely yourself. Make a phone call, send a text, send a letter, or comment on someone's social media posts. Be supportive and offer words of encouragement. " There's a bit more that I didn't share here, so please use the link to read more, including Coping as an Older Adult if that applies to your situation.
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
13 Apr
And that's a wrap! We'll continue with more things to avoid loneliness next week. Until then, stay safe, mask up, distance yourself, and be well!
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