5 Ways to Build Strong Relationships and Fight Loneliness After 50
There’s no way to accurately predict what kind of ups and downs life has in store for you. However, it’s much easier to face and celebrate them all when you have people you love by your side, virtually as well as literally.
Each chapter of our life brings something new to the table, from wonderful life-changing experiences to setbacks that help us overcome our own limitations. We do our best to prepare as much as possible, but the advice we receive from our parents becomes more and more outdated as we get older – the world they prepared us for no longer exists. This means that our retirement, our money years, our old age look and feel completely different, and we have entirely new adventures and challenges to face.
The wonders of the modern world, including technology, have made us all more connected through social media, video calling, and more. At the same time, the current health crisis has limited our ability to interact in person and enjoy our regular activities. Social distancing and the lack of group gathering are the two most damaging limitations for our social life and even more so for our emotional and mental well-being.
With all the difficulties of meeting new people and forging strong bonds after 50 years, we also have the pandemic to deal with. So, to help you get through these tough times more easily, here are some ideas for building strong relationships, strengthening existing ones, and avoiding loneliness during your money years.
Reconnect with old friends on social media
Social networks such as Facebook are a wealth of opportunities to find old friends from school and parents scattered around the world. If you’re already using these platforms, it’s time to rekindle old friendships and send a friend request to people you know. Then again, social media is amazing for keeping up with the latest in the world, from global news and political changes, to memes and fun new tech solutions.
The built-in messaging tools help you simplify communication, and since most people have access to a good internet connection, all you need is motivation to start the conversation. Then you might be more confident to make new social media connections as well.
Give mature encounters a chance
While we’re on the subject of new relationships, if you’re divorced or widowed, you know it’s harder to meet new people the closer you get to the big five-o. That’s why dedicated mature dating platforms are a great opportunity for people to meet their peers in a safe environment and find companions who last.
Keep in mind that you can do this at your own pace and that you can be sure that these platforms do all the necessary checks to make sure that you are actually talking to your peers. As you get to know someone, you can stay in touch online or choose to meet them in person when the time is right and when the pandemic allows for such a meeting.
Adopt a new activity in small groups
Fitness classes aren’t just great for keeping that lower back pain at bay. They’re also great for expanding your social circle by spending time with people who share an interest in health and wellness with you.
Whether you choose aerobics, yoga to become calmer and more resilient, or start dancing, you are bound to meet people of your generation. Surrounding yourself with positive, upbeat people can do so much for your emotional and mental well-being that even if you start out being shy, you will eventually open up.
How about a book club?
When you retire, you finally have time to get back to one of your favorite activities: reading. You can revisit old favorite books and search for whole new collections that you missed while you were busy building a career or raising children. Even if you are still not retired, but your children have stolen the nest, it is a wonderful hobby that you can share with many like-minded people in your community.
Additionally, you can also find online book clubs and social media groups in case you need to self-isolate due to the pandemic. Discussions can be as lively online as they are face to face. Pick a club that you will enjoy and start using literature as a way to preserve cognitive abilities such as memory and vocabulary use, and to make new friends over good books and good coffee.
Organize a safe road trip
Depending on where you currently live, you might face restrictions like limited social contact, wearing masks and of course no birthday parties etc. What you can do, however, is organize a safe trip with a close friend or two, or your spouse, and spend some quality time in nature – with access to nearby medical help, if needed, sure.
Road trips give you the opportunity to reconnect with nature, get away from city crowds (which means you can instantly be safer and practice social distancing), and enjoy the fresh air. This is a great opportunity to devote all of your time and attention to your fellow travelers. Meaningful conversations, hikes and similar revitalizing outdoor activities, and a whole weekend to yourself, this is what you need when you are surrounded by stress.
There’s no way to accurately predict what kind of ups and downs life has in store for you. However, it’s much easier to face and celebrate them all when you have people you love by your side, virtually as well as literally. Nourish your social relationships with the help of these tips and above all do not prevent yourself from creating new ones. You will lead a fulfilling life, regardless of your age.