If you’ve recently retired then you’re likely to be experiencing mixed emotions. Financial issues aside, the pleasure of having more time to yourself can sometimes be outweighed by the feeling that you’re no longer useful or participating in the world. And so if you haven’t felt ready to retire it can impact your self-esteem, social life and sense of general good health and well being.
So what can you do to make your retirement a rewarding time of your life? The first step is to focus on the positives, and see retirement as a new chapter, with new experiences and opportunities around every corner.
Create a Plan
Now is the time to do all those things you have never had a chance to do or try. So list all those things that you’ve always wanted to do, and set about achieving them.
If you miss the structure of work and want to meet new people, then there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Look online or ask in your local library for community groups who would benefit from your help.
Reconnect with your Partner or Family
Busy working lives often make it difficult to invest in relationships, so spend more time with family or rediscover your partner by doing new things together.
Stay Positive. Retirement can be challenging, so try and maintain an optimistic outlook on life. If, however, you feel hopeless and very down and can’t see any positives, then always seek help from your GP.