Future Planning and our Mental Health

Looking after our mental health is important at all agesbut it can be even more important as we get older. As we age into new stages of our life, with it comes their own unique challenges 

A recent study found that one in five people over the age of 55 suffer from poor mental health. We’ve explored what can be done to give better peace of mind in your later years?  

Be prepared for change 

With the removal of a statutory retirement age, people have the option to work later in life. This provides many opportunities such as working part time or changing to flexible working hours 

If you do choose to retire, you can still lead a busy and fulfilled life. Friends and family may have plans for how you can use your time, filling it with anything from childcare to DIY tasks. It is also important to make time for your own interests. See this as a chance to try a new activity or learn new skills. 

Keeping in touch 

Friends can help to keep you on track when life becomes difficult. It can be easy to lose touch with people, especially if their life seems busy. Having friends is a positive way to maintain good emotional health, even when doing so may sometimes seem like hard work. 

Don’t lose touch with the people who are important to you – it’s never too late to get back in touch with old friends. Alternatively, you could consider volunteering with the youth or helping out at a local school. 

Staying active 

As well as the well-known benefits to physical activity such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercise can also provide many other benefits such as boosting self-esteem, promoting a good sleep pattern and providing the opportunity to meet others. 

Being active doesn’t just mean going to the gym. Dog walking, gardening or joining a walking group are also great ways to get some exercise in and they don’t cost much money either. 

Having a plan 

Naturally there are considerations that come with later life. Such as retirement (as mentioned above), pensions and will writing. That’s when it is good to have a plan.  A plan can help you think through all the aspects of a problem or situation. By preparing a plan, you are likely to expose and deal with many of your worries in advance. 

By purchasing Co-op Life Insurance, you’re securing peace of mind should the unexpected happen. Your family are your most important asset. With Co-op Life Cover you can ensure your loved ones are taken care of when you’re no longer around helping to ease any anxiety you may be experiencing. 

Applicants for insurance are subject to normal underwriting criteria. Co-op Life Cover is provided, underwritten and administered by The Royal London Group. 
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