Excellent comment from Bob in response to this article–
I expect that many people have similar issues to those who are retired. Too much time on their hands, possible financial concerns, loneliness, and a tendency to brood and succumb to depression. As you say, it’s a difficult line to tread. The experts say that keeping busy is essential to a long and healthy retirement, and it’s much the same now.
If you have time on your hands, think about what you never had time for before. Keeping occupied is one of the best defences against depression. Yes there are things we can’t do, but there are still many things we can. Whether it’s keeping fit, learning something new, or even something as seemingly frivolous as playing a game, whatever you do that you enjoy and keeps you away from others is, as Shaun says, a bonus.
Possibly loneliness is the most difficult because we’re told that we should stay home and not mingle. Even when we go out for essentials, we have to stay away from anyone else. I know from experience that interacting over Zoom or Facetime is just not the same. But it’s better than nothing. Can you imagine what it would be like if there was no tech interaction? Social media can provide contact. Not the same way, but contact.
As an example, Tom’s concerts have created a group of 40 to 50 people who love music and have become virtual friends. The Munch Bunch some call us. We look forward to the concerts and they never fail to uplift our spirits. Tom says he’s having a blast as well, and he certainly seems to. Would we have had time under normal circumstances? Would Tom have time to do them? Rather than think about what might not have been, I look at Tom’s concerts as something good that has come out of all this. They really are a huge bonus.
And that’s my point. Rather than complain about the restrictions and what we can’t do, use the extra time to do something you never had time for. Doesn’t matter what it is. Be flexible. And stay safe.