Preparing for retirement is such an exciting time for most people. However, for others it can be a stressful and emotional time. When preparing for retirement, people must concentrate on the whole-body experience, to include the mind, body, and spirit.
Here are some important tips to help people prepare emotionally for retirement:
Tip 1: Anticipate the emotional impact of giving up your career. If you are someone who felt defined by your career, you may experience a significant sense of loss upon your retirement. Also, the thought of someone else replacing you at work can make you feel unimportant. For some people, it can be difficult to validate yourself without the connection to a career.
Tip 2: Adjust to spending more time with your spouse and/or family. Although you may feel obligated to spend every waking hour with your spouse or family, remember that itís important to schedule some activities apart pursuing your separate interests. For example, find a hobby you enjoy, join a sports team, or join a local club.
Tip 3: Decide how you will structure your days. Think about how many hours per week you devoted to your career. Not just the 40-hour work week, but also commuting and spending time at home getting ready for work. All of these hours will be free during retirement.
Tip 4: Find other sources of social interaction. Whether you are a homebody or a social butterfly, it is important to schedule activities that give you social interactions, such as joining clubs or groups, attending church services, taking classes, or getting a part-time job.
Remember these tips when you are preparing for retirement in order to have a more positive experience. Itís important for you to build a new identity for yourself and plan how you will spend your time being productive to avoid boredom. Find a part-time job, do volunteer work, spend more time being active, or plan to travel the world.