When you worked, there was control and predictability, but when you retire you
are in an unstable world. There is a change in the immune system, and we become
more vulnerable to various health problems. Not because of age, but because of
change. Research shows that most heart attacks occur within 18 months of
retirement - and you thought working was stressful!!
For most of us, who we are, is based on what we do. If we become too dependent
on this mind-set and our job ends, we lose our sense of identity. So before, or
soon after retirement, we need to redefine who we are in a positive and
meaningful way. Recycle yourself!!!
Before retirement, separateness can be very healthy for togetherness. When a
couple is thrown together full-time an attitude adjustment is needed. Sometimes
counseling can be very helpful in assisting the couple with this change in
Ask yourself the question, "What will I do for the next ten, twenty, or thirty
years?" We find ourselves in unknown and unchartered ground. "Get a grip and
get it together!"
Many professionals miss their personal career space and some have been known to
rent office space after they have retired to maintain their routine and sense
of importance. They'll tell their friends, "Call me at the office" just so they
have a place to go.
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