Active, Happy Retirement Tips

That sounds crazy, doesn’t it? You need TIPS to ENJOY LIFE?

Studies by Cornell University psychologists, Jungmeen E. Kim, Ph.D., and Phyllis Moen, Ph.D., show that newly retired women tend to experience depression more than their still-working or long-retired peers, and newly retired men report more marital conflict.

Surprisingly, while many people plan for the financial aspects of their retirement, they find themselves unprepared for the question of what to do with their time.

Coach Char Elle En, Transition Coach and President of Next In Life Coaching suggests that enjoying retirement requires a combination of physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual commitment, and that first requires identifying what is important to you.

One of the first steps toward a satisfying retirement is good health. Schedule a physical exam and ask your doctor about recommendations for exercise programs that will suit your new lifestyle. It’s also best to ease into a new physical activity instead of risking injury that can sideline you and exacerbate your chance of becoming depressed.

Retirement isn’t a “magic bullet” for fulfillment, either, and individuals who were anxious or unhappy before they retired are not likely to flip a switch and become relaxed or happy just because they are no longer working. Coach Char suggests having emotional issues addressed before retirement to make the transition more pleasurable.

People who stay intellectually active feel a greater level of satisfaction with their lives overall. While puzzles, word games and the like are a good start, volunteering with an organization or taking up an activity which requires problem-solving will help you continue to feel challenged and fulfilled, and help you avoid the “rut” of repetitive thinking.

Coach Char also suggests that coming to an understanding of our faith or spiritual beliefs – regardless of what they are –  helps us find more serenity as we age.

And because we have spent our work lives interacting with other human beings, that is an area that we tend to miss when we retire. Those who have fewer social connections tend to be less involved in life, Coach Char says. Making the effort to stay connected with longtime friends, and becoming involved in activities where we can forge new friendships is an important aspect of our social and emotional health at any age.

Fortunately, each Windsong active retirement community was designed to help Boomers cultivate new friendships, with walkable streets and a private fitness center in the clubhouse, neighbors with similar life-stage experiences, and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle without sacrificing style or luxury.

Welcome home to Windsong  – Where Life’s A Breeze!


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