Some people count down the days to retirement and don't look back, but others unexpectedly miss the sense of accomplishment and purpose they once received through work and socializing in the professional world.As you plan for your retirement and your exit from the workforce, start some soul-searching to uncover passions, dreams and new opportunities you’ve always wanted to experience.
It’s OK to plan for a "self-indulgent" lifestyle. After years of conforming to schedules not of your own making, your retirement planner can be filled exactly as you choose. That's the beauty of retirement.
If you're facing retirement there are some ways to help ease the transition.
4 Tips to Transition Into Post-Career Living
1. Phase Out Of Work
Consider a phased out approach rather than leaving work completely, perhaps a part-time job, consulting or other ways to provide your expertise in fewer hours with less pressure and more flexibility. This will help ease the transition and give your week some structure you may be seeking.
2. Plan To Volunteer
Research shows volunteering is good for your health and can improve brain and cognitive functioning. Giving back is a great way to meet people and contribute time and talent to a group or organization of your choice, and now you have the flexibility.
Sit on the board of your favorite charity, become a docent in a local museum or help blaze trails in a new park. You get to decide when, where, and how much of your time you want to offer - and it's good for your health.
3. Stay Active Socially
When we retire we don't have the daily social interaction of the workplace, so plan to replace that with purposeful activities. A study from Rush University Medical Center found a connection between a healthy mental state and a maintaining an active social life.
They found that seniors (average age 80) with the highest levels of social activity – doing things such as visiting friends, going to parties or attending church – showed much lower levels of cognitive decline than those who were the least socially active.
4. Stay Active Mentally
Now's the time to take that class, go on that trip, join that group you've been thinking about for years. Learning new things keeps the mind stimulated, if you don't know where to start with classes check with your local university for classes that are designed for lifelong learners.
Most importantly, take time to plan an approach to retirement that
looks at all aspects of your life. Whether you are approaching
retirement or you are already there, it can be an eye-opening and
refreshing experience to look ahead at how you can live, where you
could live and what fun you can be having.
If you’re evaluating your post career living options, we invite you to visit the Twin Towers campus. Take a tour of our apartment homes and spacious single-family patio homes and learn what life is like at one of Cincinnati’s premier communities. Schedule your visit today or give us a call 513-853-2000.