T is for Transitions and Emotions during Retirement

T is for Transitions and Emotions during Retirement


Life is a constant chain of transitionswe leave our childhood behind to go forth and experience many different stages of life. Countless books, websites, classes, workshops and advice from those who have gone before us are there to help direct us through our emotions as we move through the many life stages. One of the largest life transitions however, is moving into the phase of retirement.

The emotional aspects of retirement in the new millennium, is a new phenomenon. Retiree’s are living much longer than in the past posing new challenges for retirees. Having a successful retirement plan not only includes a sound financial plan, but learning how to deal with the emotional and psychological adjustment needed to forge ahead with this new stage of life.

Some of the issues that will surface during this transition are a loss of purpose, loss of self-identity and the need to find fulfillment. Experiencing a wide range of emotions, such as joy, sadness, freedom, anxiety, optimism, pessimism and ambivalence is common with any life change, and can be more pronounced for retirees of the millennium.  In order to be pro-active you’ll need to address these emotions with a plan.

Become a visionary-create a new you with a life that is productive and emotionally rewarding.
Embrace this new stage and your new image by gradually implementing a new lifestyle.
Find meaningful work and learn new skills, or volunteer for your favorite charity.
Pursue new interests, hobbies and leisure activities.
Create new relationships with people of all ages.
Share your thoughts and new plans with family and friends.
Stay mentally and physically active

A successful retirement transition is a process that requires self-reflection, planning, and perseverance to navigate these unfamiliar waters. Finding satisfying personal interest are key in achieving emotional and physical stability during this transition, and help provide the confidence needed to make this transition an opportunity for self-fulfillment.

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About Ann Zuraw

Ann Zuraw, the voice behind "Chicks, Chat and Change", is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™). If you have comments on this post contact Ann Zuraw

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