Retirement Adjustment: Stress and Anxiety Management
While retirement can be a prize for years of hard work, depression, stress and anxiety can also trigger. These tips can help you face the challenges, identify new goals and prosper in your retirement.
WHY IS RETIREMENT SO STRESSFUL?
Many of us spend years portraying our ideal retirement whether they travel around the world, have more time with their families and friends, pursue hobbies like painting, gardening, cooking, play golf or fishing, or just have freedom to relax and make a change easy. But while we tend to consider the financial aspects of retirement much, we frequently ignore the psychological effect of retirement.
Initially, escaping the day-to-day mud and a long journey can seem like an important relief to stress and anxiety, such as working politics or a difficult boss. But many new retirees find the novelty of “permanent holidays” to start to get weakened after a few months.
Whilst certain retirement adjustment difficulties can be connected to the amount of work that you have enjoyed (it is less a strain to abandon work, you hate), there are steps you can take to meet common retirement challenges. Whether you are already retired and have difficulty changing, plan to transition early, or face forced or early retirement, this new chapter in your life will be well adapted and your retirement will be happy and gratifying.
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THE CHALLENGES OF RETIREMENT
Regardless of what your situation is, the end of your working life changes things — some for the better, others for the worse. For example, retirement can feel like a big burden is lifted when you have physical drainage, failure to accomplish or feel burnt off. However, retirement can pose a major challenge if your work is enjoyed, satisfies you and builds your social life around your career. It can be very difficult if you sacrifice for your job, have to retire before you feel ready for yourself, or have health concerns, which limit what you can do now.
Similarly, how well you handle the transition from work to retirement can also influence your perspective on life. You are likely to deal better with the change, if you have a positive, optimistic point of view, than if you are susceptible to worry or are trying to cope with insecurity in life.
Common retirement challenges include:
- To fight and relax, in particular, during early retirement weeks or months.
- Feel anxious to have more time, but less money to spend.
- It’s hard to fill the extra hours you have now with meaningful activity.
- Losing your identity, for instance, you aren’t a physician, teacher, designer, salesman, electrician or driver, who are you?
- Feel isolated without your colleagues’ social interaction.
- Experience a decrease in your sense of helpfulness, importance or confidence.
- You now stay at home with your spouse during the day to adjust your routine or maintain your independence.
- Some retirees are even guilty of receiving pension money without working directly on it.
No matter the challenges that you face as you prepare for this chapter in life, you can find new meanings and purposes in life with these tips to ease your transition, stress and anxiety.