The emotional transition when your retire can surprise you and throw you for a loop if you not prepared. Kate Schroeder joins us and shares her insights on the emotional side of retiring – so you’ll be ready. And by the way, those emotional issues you’ve put off while immersed in your working life? They’ll be waiting for you when you retire.
Kate Schroeder joins us from St. Louis.
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Kate Schroeder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and owner of Transformation Counseling, LLC. With over 25 years in the mental health field, her clinical background includes experience as a school counselor, mental health therapist in an urban university’s counseling center, individual, couples, group, and family therapist, and clinical researcher. Within these settings, Kate has provided dedicated counseling for clients experiencing difficulties in areas including depression and anxiety, human development and life transitions, interpersonal relationships, grief, trauma, self-efficacy, career exploration, and various other interpersonal conflicts. In addition to her private practice, she also teaches graduate courses to counselors in training.
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“One of the key pieces of work for them is it’s something they can go lose themselves in or get a distraction or say, Hey, I have to go into work for a little while today. So suddenly when there’s no place that they have to be, there’s nothing that they’re responsible for accomplishing, that can really drop people into a really challenging place. So spending more time with a spouse or kids, or even themselves, is another big challenge that I see a lot. And the other big one, although there’s lots of other little kind of nuanced experiences, is finding ways to create meaning, to have meaning, to reach meaning in their lives. That’s a big one too. Again, so many people get so much out of work where they get so much of their meaning. And so suddenly when that’s no longer there, it kind of, it drops them big time for a loop.”
On Self Compassion and Vulnerability
“Self-compassion and grace, they are going to be the supports that allows somebody to really soften into this more vulnerable part of themselves to know what it is that truly feeds them in retirement. Remember for many, many people it will span a quarter to a third of life. There’s a lot of time to sort it out. The earlier we begin the better. It’s like buying the Fast Pass before you get to Disney World, instead of getting to Disney World and having to stand in line. Let’s not do that.”
On Finding a New Purpose
“Purpose happens by being able to connect to our heart. We have to do the work to be able to develop that part of ourselves. The emotional, psychological part is as important as preparing financially and anything else for retirement.”
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