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9 ways to transition into the Boomer retirement zone without having a meltdown

If you are about to retire or are simply inching closer to retirement, here are some important things to think about. The first big message as you make the transition is to CELEBRATE! After all, retirement is inevitable, so why not enjoy? You have a choice to either take the negative path or the positive path. Since I know that the positive path is the wellness path, and your bodymind is happier this way and functions better, I choose that one.

C – Celebrate your transition day in a great way totally designed by YOU!

Why not? It’s your big day. Take a moment and decide what would be the best way for you to celebrate. Some want a big bash, some want a big trip, some want a big present, some want a ______________ (fill in the blank). Sometimes just spending time creating a new life plan is the best celebration there is. You are on the way to another phase of life and what does that look like?

E – Enjoy the process of the transition.

Make regular assessments of your body, mind, and spirit’s reaction to what is happening on a day-to-day basis. Note any negativity and tune in and turn off that energy, and refocus toward what is great about what is happening and how it is revealing insights about you.

L – Laugh a lot about all the weird things that are happening to your body.

Skin things pop up that were never there before. More gas than you have ever experienced before. Aches and pains that come from the slightest mis-movement and become a real pain because they slow you down for a while. Fill in the blank with your own little bodily surprises _______________________.

E – Expand your thinking about the length of your life span.

Stop focusing on your family tree and how long your relatives lived. If you have already programmed yourself to die at the age when your parents did, erase that thought. Their lifestyle was probably different than yours. You have control over your lifespan based on the choices you make, rather than the choices your parents made. Yes, your health is mostly based on your choices. So program yourself to live forever, and then take the steps necessary to make that happen. So far, age 120 is the goal, since someone has already lasted that long. But maybe we can extend that goal by living well!

B – Become who you really are – finally!

If you haven’t revealed your true self to the world yet, what are you waiting for? Maybe you are starting to free yourself from the formal work world where you played a role to make money, but now you get to be yourself: no constraints, no playing the role, no more phoniness. You can come out now and be yourself and do what you love. What would that be?

R – Re-evaluate what you are doing with your health.

In order to live forever, good health will get you there. Now is the time to either shift into that mode or make a commitment to stay in that mode if you are already on the wellness path. If your daily schedule is opening up with more time while you are transitioning out of the workforce, make health a top priority for your day, and let everything else fall into place after that.

A – Attract other boomers for support.

We are all in this together and we all have the same frame of reference. Find others like you so when you experience something out of the ordinary, and believe me, at this age, things are always occurring that are out of the ordinary, there is someone there to bounce it off of and tell you “it’s OK. I have experienced that too!”

T – Take time for yourself daily to take it all in.

Spend time for reflection by meditating, doing a relaxation activity like visualization, progressive relaxation, Tai Chi, Yoga, Tapping, walking alone with your thoughts, taking a refreshing nap, listening to pleasant music, reading quietly, sitting outside taking in nature, whatever it is that refreshes and restores your soul.

E – Energize yourself daily with activity.

Your body wants to move for health and wellbeing. Even if you have achy joints, they feel better with movement. Your brain might say “I don’t want to move” but your body says “Move me!”  Listen to your body, because your brain is not the only organ in your body that has a say in the matter. Your heart speaks to you. Your gut speaks to you. What is the collective conversation going on inside you? And then do what is being asked of you and your energy will be restored.

Be well on your “wellness in retirement” journey.

Carol

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Carol Ebert About the Author: Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP, is a creative force for education and wellness and is a certified wellness practitioner and wellness coach, mindful coaching certification trainer, certified law of attraction facilitator, and certified nutrition advisor. She has been a bedside nurse, school health educator, college health service director, medical center wellness specialist, and mindful coach and trainer. She is now CEO of her own wellness business, www.carolebert.com. She can be emailed at carol@carolebert.com.

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