The life of retirement doesn’t come easy for anyone. All along a person has been working, leaving and arriving at home at a particular time of the day, contributing financially to a family and household. Suddenly, one morning, there is nowhere to go after retiring from work. At such an age, when it is very much possible to have been isolated from friends of a younger time, some of them probably not around anymore, with a family that is busy in its own way, the hours at home doing nothing substantial or meaningful can be a very harrowing experience.
It is only natural for senior citizens who are retired from active professional life to feel unwanted and redundant. From an earning and contributing member of the family, they become dependent to a certain extent, if not fully. Even then, they are not earning as much as they did when they were actively working. Pension is surely not at par with a salary. For people working in the private sector, there is no such thing as pension anyway, unless it was self-guaranteed. Living on restrained and curtailed means can be burdensome.
The financial aspect is only a part of the mental agony that retired professionals have to go through. There is also a growing sense of isolation from the immediate family. You have been away at work for your life and the family around you is used to leading a life without your presence. All of a sudden, your presence seems a little stretched and grating as well. They are not used to having you around and you are not used to be at home for these long stretches of time. You don’t know what to do and they don’t know where you fit in the scheme of things.
Psychological counseling can dispel the feelings of loneliness and redundancy that starts to creep in. If you feel rejected or neglected, you should seek professional psychological help. With this boost to your mental health and someone to share your problems within an objective manner, you will feel lighter on the head and heart. If you have retired recently and the above sentences resonate with your state of mind, get in touch with our psychologists at Moner Alo, the best psychological counseling in Kolkata.