Most people find themselves planning for their retirement much of their lives. It seems like everything will be so much better when you do not have to get up and go to work each day. Plans are made to pursue hobbies, read books, write a novel, and travel. Countdowns are made until that final day of work. Then you wake up retired and you don’t know what to do with yourself.
Retirement is an adjustment that many are not prepared for, regardless of the years spent planning for this time in your life. It is an adjustment that you are going to have to make that will take not only patience, but a redefinition of what you want to do with your new found time.
Why Retirement is Such An Adjustment
After a long career of meeting deadlines, mingling with co-workers, and setting and making goals, you now discover that the only thing you must do that day is laundry. The freedom to do what you want, when you want, is something that takes some adjustment. People are so programmed to meet goals and deadlines that when you take that structure away, things fall apart for a while.
Additionally, many people find that retirement can be lonely. All those people that you talked to each day, even the annoying ones, are now not a part of your life. You find that you feel “left out” because you are no longer an integral part of the social mix. Again, this takes adjustment.
What You Can Do
Knowing that there are going to be changes in your life is the first step to dealing with these changes. Another part of fighting off retirement blues is making plans for yourself that will keep you entertained and social.
One of the choices you can explore is an assisted living community. These retirement communities offer all the things that retirees could desire and are perfect for making the adjustment from work to freedom. These communities have activities each day so that you always have a form of entertainment, and because it is centered on retirees, there are always people of your age that you can be social with on a daily basis. If you are someone with medical needs, Homewood Assisted Living arrangements could provide a safe environment that keeps your mind and body active.
What If Your Loved One Is Having A Hard Time Adjusting To Retirement?
If your loved one is having a hard time adjusting to their new found freedom, work with them to keep them active. Introduce them to clubs and classes in the area that are geared toward people of their age. Encourage them to actually enjoy their hobbies, and introduce them to new ones they may like.
Retirement eventually becomes the best part of life. You are free to do what you please and in the manner that you desire. However, those first few months after retirement occurs, the adjustment can be very hard. Support of family and friends and an active lifestyle will help anyone make the transition with ease.
Savannah Bobo is a freelance writer and blogger from the South who has encouraged the retirement activities of her friends and family, from golfing and vacationing to reading and farming. Being responsible for one’s entire schedule and productivity can be a strange adjustment. Chateau Vestavia’s Homewood assisted living community includes not only independent living choices, but also full-service arrangements to make retirement as worry-free as possible.
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