Trust the new chapter of your life because you’re going to be the author!
There are certain things that we can learn from some people who have made the transition into the kind of life that they wanted. Some people say they are happily retired while others would not want to admit that they are retired. You will be the author of this phase and you alone will decide what you would like to do. It might include work, it might be travel or it might be learning and doing new things!
There are certain key points to consider when you create a nice picture of your retirement life. You will get a structure and foundation to execute your plans.
Your ability to deal with the transitioning of your working life to a retired life will depend on how you will approach your future. There are life changes that you should expect in retirement that can be both positive as well as challenging. Sociologists have identified separate life transitions that affect most people as they progress through their retired life. The biggest transition is how you observe yourself changing every time you look in the mirror!
What vision comes to mind when we think of retirement? Is it a personal project or a financial investment plan? Many retirees make the mistake of thinking that having a financial plan in place is equivalent to having a retirement plan, and that part of life will take care of itself. This stage of your life needs a holistic approach and a carefully thought out plan.
What do you want your life to look like? What changes are you anticipating for your future? How do you plan to get the most out of each and every day? You need to ask these questions as you contemplate your future planning.
One should always be positive about the future. If you too, hold this true then healthy aging should be an integral part of your retirement plans as well as lifestyle. While aging is a normal process and affects each one of us in diverse ways, there are certain things that we can all do to make sure that we spend a significant amount of time and energy on looking after our health and fitness. Many people think that being physically healthy is the key to healthy aging. Similarly, during retirement, healthy mental aging is just as important. You need to recognize the basic principles of healthy physical and mental aging. Are you doing something each and every day to add nourishment? You need to expand your mind and do whatever you can to maintain your physical health.
Our close personal relationship defines us and gives us a sense of belonging that helps in creating life goals. Most of us have the basic need to share our life’s experiences and journeys with those who are close to us who give us the validation that we have got at the workplace.
Research has found that people in satisfying relationships have fewer illnesses and much higher levels of overall good health. In real life, we see people who are close to you share your life and be there for you that adds to your overall enjoyment.
With retirement comes ample leisure and the probabilities of loneliness. By having an active social support network, you can add fulfillment to your routine and life structure. Asa part of your retirement plan, you need to think about the quality of social networks and your efforts to expand it. Our aging process gives us a very important life lesson – the shrinkage of our social circle if we do not make any new connections. You must make efforts to get out of the house and seek out new opportunities to socialize.
The necessity to be self-anchored during retirement gives people a chance to find meaning in ways that step outside the circle of their previous working lives. The retirement planning phase can be used to develop relationships that are cultivated through new learning cycles. The retirement may be in the most optimum phase of one’s career to balance needs for purpose, efficacy, values expression, and self-worth.