You just retired from your job and it was sooner than you had planned. Things happen in organizations and sometimes, ready or not, you are thrust into this next phase of your life. As you think about what’s next you are perhaps looking forward to some time off to help you re-charge. Among the things that should be on your mind is your personal well-being.
During this time your stress level may have increased and bad habits start to creep in that could affect your health. Routines have shifted. Instead of following an exercise program, you may sleep later or watch more TV, and, it is too easy to open the refrigerator door every time you pass it. You start to drift as tending to your own personal well-being goes on the back burner.
You may feel more irritable, less focused, more tired and missing the routine that a good workout can provide you. This lack of focus and lose of energy not only has a physical impact, but can result in decreased motivation to take charge of your transition. If this continues on for too long, you could be losing one of the best self weapons to help you move forward.
Recognizing this is the first step. Having a clear goal with the intent on re-gaining your energy and positive feeling is what you are aiming for – that is your motivation. Here are some steps you can use to take charge in building or re-building some good habits:
There are multiple benefits to be gained from these simple actions. You are likely to experience an increase in positive energy and ability to focus. Via exercise, sleep and better nutrition you will find it easier to relax, and achieve a better balance in your life every day. It can provide you with a sense of accomplishment as you take control of your drift and allow you to better cope during this time. This type of accomplishment can be contagious and help you tackle other obstacles.
Wellness is not just about having a healthy heart. It also means having a healthy mindset. Attention to your personal wellness will build upon your personal confidence. Improvements in attitude and ability to adapt are positive ways to move forward during any transition.
Here are some lessons learned from others that have struggled with this:
Strong personal physical and mindset habits can go a long way in helping one cope when facing any kind of transition – especially retirement.
What are your thoughts or experiences with this?