Adjusting to retirement: 8 helpful tips

So you’re thinking about retiring. Leaving the workplace is a major milestone and is one of the biggest shifts you’ll experience in your lifetime. Many people find it difficult to adjust to the change but these handy tips could make the process a little bit easier

1. It’s okay to be sad. Leaving your job can be an emotional time and it’s perfectly normal to feel a bit sad. Reflect on your working life but at the same time remain optimistic for the future. Keep in contact with your old workmates. Just because you don’t work together anymore doesn’t mean you can’t still be friends.

2. Manage your expectations. You might have some grand ideas about how your retirement will go but don’t get carried away. Life is never plain-sailing and, even though you’re not working, there will still be the occasional stressful moment.

3. Things will change with your spouse. If you’re both retired, you’ll be seeing a lot more of each other. That can obviously be a positive rather than problem but it will probably take a while to get used to the change. Be patient.

4. Take some time off. It’ll be tempting to go gung-ho and jump straight into an exciting new adventure but it might be wiser just relax and take it easy for a while. Get used to retired life and take a break.

5. Make a schedule and stick to it. For a lot of people, the lack of structure is the most difficult aspect of being retired. Make a daily plan and do your best to stick to it.

6. Set goals. Think about what you want to achieve now that you’re retired. Having realistic aims can give you a sense of direction.

7. Eat right. Now that you have some more free time on your hands, you have no excuse for not eating properly. Having the right diet is crucial for your overall physical and psychological well-being.

8. Stay active. Take up a hobby that requires you to get up and move around. Even if it’s something as simple as walking or gardening, staying active is so important – especially as you approach your golden years.

For more helpful tips, check out our other blog posts or get in touch today.

All the best,

The Team at Gallivan Financial

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