Retiree getting out in nature to boost wellbeingAs the population continues to age, retirement from work is a major life change. While many people look forward to retiring, viewing it as a time of relaxation and freedom, for others it marks a significant shift in routine and loss of identity, having spent decades in the workforce.

Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies is offering wellbeing support to retirees, as according to recent studies retirement is associated with a higher risk of depression and anxiety.  The loss of social connections and sense of purpose that often accompany leaving the workforce can contribute to feelings of loneliness and low self-esteem. Financial concerns can also add to mental health challenges. Many retirees worry about their financial stability and ability to maintain their desired lifestyle, leading to increased stress and anxiety.

Naomi Holdsworth, Operations Service Manager at Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies said: “At first, escaping the daily grind and commute to work, office politics, or a difficult boss, can seem like a great relief. However, many new retirees find that the novelty of being on “permanent holiday” can start to wear off after a few months.  The sudden change in daily structure and loss of professional identity can lead to feelings of loss, isolation, and even depression.”

For anyone who might need support, Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies offers a range of options, from signposting to social groups that help people to get out and about and meet new people, to online courses which can support people from the comfort of their own home.  Group courses and guided self-help on a range of topics including managing low mood, sleep problems and managing different types of anxiety are also available.

Naomi said: “Retirement could be a chance to pick up a hobby or explore new interests. For example, volunteering your time to a cause that’s important to you, which can be rewarding, creating a sense of accomplishment, whilst expanding your social network and benefitting your community.  Retirement can also be a good time to focus on health and well-being without work getting in the way like taking up yoga or joining a gym or relaxing with a good book. By staying connected with friends, family and community, staying active and looking after yourself, you can make the most of this new chapter in your life.”

If you work with older adults or attend a group for older people and would like to know more about the range of courses and workshops available, please contact Elizabeth Harney at Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies.

For more wellbeing tips, visit  Bradford and Craven Talking Therapies or the knowledge bank section of the website. The service is open to anyone over the age of 16 who is registered with a GP in Bradford, Wharfedale, Airedale or Craven. People don’t have to go through their GP to access support. People accessing support can register online at:

For information on all mental health and wellbeing support services in Bradford and Craven and self-help resources and apps, visit