If you’ve spent your life building your career, nearing retirement can be a very scary thing. While you might welcome a change of pace and be excited for less stress in your life, such a big difference can also be hard to cope with. But since you can always see your retirement coming, you can prepare for this event, even if it means planning for your life in an assisted living facility or getting yourself ready financially.
To help you with the more sentimental parts of this, here are three ways professionals should prepare emotionally for retirement.
Be Ready For A Tough Transition
Although you may recognize that you deserve a break after so many decades of working, making the transition from professional to retiree can be difficult.
According to Sharon Jayson, a contributor to AARP, most people say that the first 18 months of retirement are the hardest. During this time, recent retirees are simply trying to figure out what their lives are like now that they don’t have to go to work anymore and can’t rely on the paycheck they once were getting. But once you get past this stage, the level of happiness that retirees experience rising drastically, so try to stick it out as best you can until then.
Plan For Your Purpose
To make this transition easier on you, what you really need to do is find some other purpose in your life outside of the career that you had before you retired.
Some options you might want to consider, according to Alessandra Malito, a contributor to Market Watch, could include things like volunteering, becoming a freelancer or consultant, spending time with your loved ones or family members, or taking up a new hobby that means something to you. Anything that can help you to focus your time and attention in a positive direction that gives meaning and purpose to your life will be extremely beneficial.
Find A Way To Be Social
A big part of life that seems to be missing once someone retires is the social interaction that they once got through working.
To combat this void, Ron Carson, a contributor to CNBC.com, suggests that you try to join a club or group where you can meet with like-minded people to do something you enjoy. Even if it’s just once every now and then, continuing to be social is helpful for all retirees, even if you might feel like you don’t miss this aspect of working as much as others may.
If you’re worried about how you’ll handle being retired, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare mentally and emotionally for this new stage in your life.
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