How to Mentally Let Go of your Career when Entering the Retirement Zone
If you are fortunate enough to enjoy the career that you are working in, chances are that you may not have given a second thought to your retirement – even though that day will arrive sooner than you think. However, you will not only need to prepare for your retirement in a physical manner by having sufficient savings, you will need to be emotionally and mentally prepared for the day that you are going to walk through the office doors for the last time.
Pursue New Interests before Retiring
While this may sound counterintuitive, research has shown that people who are already engaged in outside interests, activities or hobbies during their career years will usually find it easier to transition over to the world of retirement – or even semi-retirement in some cases. The key here is to start exploring other interests or activities before you retire from your job, so that you will not find yourself at a completely loose end on the last day of your official working career.
Focus on what you would like to do next
Do you want to let go of your career in its entirety or do you simply want to scale down your hours and continue working part time after you have officially ‘retired?’ Many people think that once they have retired, they can no longer be an important contributor to society. However, this is not the case at all, as having additional free time on your hands will actually enable you to spend time helping those around you. For example, if you are passionate about the welfare of kids, animals, the elderly – or all of the above – consider volunteering at the appropriate charitable organizations, where you will still be able to make a tremendous difference in the lives of folk around you.
Consider Starting a Business
Although many people think that they are too old to start businesses after retiring, this is not the case – as the old saying goes, ‘you are only as old as you feel.’ If you are knowledgeable in a particular area or you are passionate about a specific hobby that you are engaged in, why not turn it into a sideline business. This will not only enable you to continue earning a little spending money; it will enable you to focus your interests elsewhere other than on what you previously did to earn a living as well. If you’re a devoted animal lover, for instance, consider walking dogs and earn a few dollars while doing something that you truly enjoy.
Letting go of your career upon retirement doesn’t mean that you have to sit at home and vegetate or putter about aimlessly, while reminiscing about the career or job you once had. In fact, many retirees these days are finding that they are leading far more active and fulfilling lives after they have stopped work in an official capacity than they could ever have imagined.