For most people, the working day brings structure and order to their lives. For those who are approaching retirement and finding the prospect daunting, it may be beneficial to find ways to mentally adjust to life without work.
Although a salary may seem like the most positive aspect of a job, there are a great number of other benefits. For many people work is how they define themselves, it gives them a sense of identity. Living without work may seem similar to losing a part of ones identity.
Work colleagues and socialising, work achievements and a purpose to every day are all part and parcel of working life. Retirement can seem like an end to all of these positive work aspects and for some people a mental adjustment will be required.
Retirement can be hard for those who do define themselves through work. But retirement does not have to mean giving up work completely. Many retirees work part-time or undertake voluntary work. Any type of work during retirement will give a sense of structure and purpose. It's quite legal for those who are reaching retirement age to request to continue working. This could be on a part time, flexible or job sharing basis.
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If retirement is approaching and continuing to work is not an option, then looking for ways to add structure to days will be beneficial. This can be achieved by researching certain interests that would be enjoyable. Interests can include adult education classes to learn new skills, fitness classes and sports activities. It may be the case that retirees have work skills that can be passed onto others. This can be undertaken through private tutoring or even teaching a few classes at colleges.
Work colleagues are a huge part of working life but losing this network of friends due to retirement is not compulsory. Regular lunch, dinner dates and nights out with work friends will help to ease the transition into retirement. It only takes a phone call, email or text to arrange social evenings with previous work colleagues. Stay in touch by joining social networking sites and make a habit of keeping in contact. Workplace friendships do take just as much maintenance as friendships outside of the employment arena.
Adjusting to retirement will not be an overnight process. As with all major changes in life there will be a period of adjustment. Retirees will deal with this in different ways but one of the most popular is to take a well earned holiday. Taking a retirement holiday will help to de-stress, consider the future and the options available. This holiday can be thought of as the beginning to a new life chapter. Come back from holiday relaxed and refreshed ready to face retirement head on.
Retirement can be a scary prospect for a lot of people but dwelling on the negatives will not ease fears. Look at the positive aspects of retirement, which can include:
See retirement as a new challenge, register for volunteering, take up a new hobby or learn new skills through low cost adult education classes.
This article was written by the career coaching experts at Renovo.