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Are You Getting Enough Me Time In Retirement?

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 23 Jan 2014

You might find that although your focus has changed, you never really stop when you retire. In fact many find themselves as busy in retirement as they were when they were working.

Five questions to ask yourself

Perhaps you have new responsibilities such as volunteering or taking over your grandchildren’s school run. It is a wonderful time where you can lend a helping hand to others but it’s also important to make time for yourself. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Do you feel pressured in giving your time to others?
  2. Are you afraid to break away from routine?
  3. Have you done something to make you feel relaxed this week?
  4. Are you achieving what you set out to do in retirement?
  5. Are you feeling positive?

If you find that most of your answers are no, then you might want to try setting aside ‘me time’ by keeping it like it was a doctor’s appointment.

You can use this time to do something you have always wanted to do like taking up a class or pursuing a creative interest. Some say that positive emotions can decrease stress hormones and build emotional strength.

By taking time out to relax and have fun, you are increasing overall wellbeing and happiness not just for yourself, but for everyone around you. Remember, happiness breeds happiness!

Note: Whilst we take care to ensure Hub content is accurate at the time of publication, individual circumstances can differ so please don’t rely on it when making financial decisions. OneFamily do not provide advice so it may be worth speaking to an independent financial advisor about your own circumstances.