Are you preparing to retire? If so, this is probably an exciting time. You’ve worked and saved your entire career to get to this point. Very soon, you’ll be able to spend your time as you wish, without the constraints of career and work.
While retirement is a major accomplishment and an important milestone, it’s not always a joyous occasion. Some retirees struggle to make the transition. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of Population Ageing found that retirees are twice as likely to experience symptoms of depression than those who are still working. ¹
What could be depressing about not working anymore? Everyone’s situation is unique, so there aren’t universal answers to that question. However, there are a few common challenges that many retirees face, especially in their first year of retirement. You can make the transition easier by planning ahead. Below are a few issues you may want to consider as you finalize your retirement strategy:
Lack of Purpose
If you’re like many people, you’ve worked in some form or another for several decades. In fact, you’ve probably spent more of your adult life working than with any other activity. Even before you started your career, much of your time was probably focused on school or extracurricular activities.
For many, retirement marks the first time in their life where there isn’t a primary mandatory activity. You don’t have to wake up at a certain time to be at work. There aren't any tasks to complete or meetings to attend. Your time is yours to manage as you please.
While the freedom of retirement might be appealing, you may feel like you don’t have any purpose. You may want to think about how you will spend your time in retirement. What is important to you? What does your ideal day look like? Do you want to travel? Or perhaps learn a new hobby? Think about what your purpose will be and what activities will make you happy.
For many adults, work isn’t just a source of income. It’s also their primary place to socialize with other adults. Think of your network of associates and friends. How many of those relationships were formed during work-related activities?
Once you retire, you won’t have an office or workplace to go to. That means you may not have a natural opportunity to socialize with others. Think about ways in which you can get out of the house and interact with other adults. For example, you could join a golf league, or a club related to a favorite hobby. You could volunteer for a local charity. Some retirees even take low-pressure part-time jobs just so they can spend time around other people.
Once you retire, you’ll have more free time available than you’ve likely ever had in your life. You also may have more money available than you’ve ever had, between your retirement assets, defined benefit pension income, and Social Security.
Many retirees fill their free time with costly activities, like travel, shopping, and dining out. It’s natural to want to enjoy your retirement. However, be careful not to overspend during the early years of retirement. You could put yourself in a difficult financial situation in the later years. A financial professional can help you develop a budget and implement an income strategy.
Ready to plan your upcoming retirement? Let’s talk about it. Contact us today at Heritage Financial North. We can help you analyze your needs and develop a plan. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
1 | https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/06/11/depression-during-retirement-how-cope-and-prepare/1416091001/
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