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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55 replies on “3 Ways Professionals Should Prepare Emotionally For Retirement

  1. Wondering if my “complaint” of being a septuagenarian prompted this post!?? 😉
    Good advice for future retirees!
    Actually have enjoyed the first year of real retirement; I finished my last house in 2016, but kept Alliance Builders for another three years, closing it in Dec, 2019.
    The Wuhan Virus lockdowns have been comforting to me; less busy, more time for blogging, longer walks with my “bride” of 31 years. Still looking for excuses to NOT clean my basement! 🙂

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    1. You definitely play a part and inspire this post. Lol! But mostly, I was thinking of how I should plan for my retirement. Probably won’t be able to do it until after I’m 60!

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  2. Yet another priceless bit of advice.

    Thank YOU my friend Kally

    I retired at 62 (some 14 years ago); and transition really was not much of an issue. I had already long been involved in teaching my beloved Catholic Faith, so I just increased the scope of what I had been doing.

    So even now Between Co-teach RCIA (Rights of Initiation for Adults); and my FREE to anyone interested Catholic Home Study Course; which I E-Mail each week: Building Blocks of The Catholic Faith….

    Just contact Me at patrickmiron66@hotmail.com

    It hasn’t been a issue for me,
    God Bless,
    Patrick

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  3. Dear Kally, after retirement it took me one and a half years of uneasiness and strong feelings of loss – and then I got seriously ill (cancer). It took me another one and a half years to get healed again and then I understood that being alive and thankful for that is decisive. The painful and difficult illness startet in 2009. Since 2011, I haven’t stopped enjoying life. Thank you for your interesting posts. I enjoy reading them. Love from Elisa
    P.S. The man on your photo is probably 80 years old!!!

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    1. Big hugs, Elisa. I’m glad that you are enjoying life and as well as my posts. You are such a good supportive reader. Well, even at 80 years old, one is never too old to enjoy life to its fullest!

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  4. That’s right, a great piece of advice. I’ve witnessed 3 big changes and even more exists which I am not aware, type writers are missing, ledger maintaining accountants, people that failed to adapt the changes. Big transition occurs very frequently and if we don’t adapt into that changes, future will definitely be more scary. In the end, it’s all about money, save when you can, also have fun, focus on needs and not what you want. Wanting is the only reason why majority of people with zero account balance. It can go on.. Like you said, it’s all in planning and adapting into the changes.

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      1. I’m good. I like the job and I’ll take it positively for the opportunity. I always believe the one that adapts into changes can survive. I am not doing the job I supposed to do, I have joined for a different purpose and doing a different portfolio and still loving it 😊. tough time recent days, lost my FIL, lost my diet and unexpected weight increase and now back to workout, things are getting better. all is well. 🤗 Thanks for not forgetting me Kally 🤗

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        1. My sincere condolences to your loss of FIL. As for your diet and increased weight, you are not alone. I think it is the effect of lockdown and not enough exercises. I’m glad you hear that your days are getting better. Do push on! You will achieve your goals if you set your mind to it.

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          1. I am on it 😎Thank you for the advice the Kally ✨ Yes, increased weight is due to lack of workout and closed gym 😁 and back to workout these days, getting back to my new role again from Thursday 😊👍 Sure will stick to my goals with my MIND 😎 👍 Have a lovely week 🤗

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  5. I think the mistake a lot of people make is to view “retirement” as an older-aged jump from one lifestyle to another as opposed to a transition to “self occupation”. If you think about what you would want to do if money wasn’t an obstacle, that’s probably a better way to look at things. Retirement isn’t about a particular age; it’s just a matter of the point at which one can match financial need to income while doing something personally rewarding, and that’s something different for everyone.

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  6. Excellent tips Kally . Depending upon the person’s financial status a light job or a fulltime can be picked-up. On weekends it’s good to to do social service and pay back to society even if its a modest.
    Thanks and cheers!

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  7. I started planning my retirement 26 moths out. I already had a lot of hobbies ad pursuits, reasons to get up every day. I planned a 7 1/2 week trip right after retirement, came back inn the depths of winter and threw myself into home improvement projects for the next 6 months. I soon realized I was treating retirement as a job ad in August, packed up the tools and started enjoying my time, reading more, exercising more, hiking, walking, biking and got more into my photography. It has bee a great 6 years. Cheers. Allan

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