Since the day you started on the job you’ve been working on your retirement. That’s right; every hour you’ve worked has put you that much closer to a robust retirement, to the ability to retire on your terms. But what really happens the day after your hang up the toolbelt? For most people, the only things that are different the first day of retirement are being able to wake up without an alarm clock and being able to do whatever you want or nothing at all during the day. For many, especially men, retirement can signal a spike in depression, especially in the first few years or retirement.

The difference between reality and expectations can hit a new retiree pretty hard. Most people don’t jet off traveling the world the day after retirement and many people actually find that they miss the work and, most importantly, the camaraderie that came with their job. Men, in particular, seem to link their self worth and identity to their profession. To avoid the retirement blues, take care of your physical health, socialize, try volunteering, learn a new skill or take on a new project, work a part-time job, and/or talk about your feelings.

BHS, our employee assistance provider (user ID: IBEW), can help you through feelings of depression, or other mental health or life challenges. Contact BHS at 800-327-2251, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are answered by licensed medical providers and are 100% confidential.