Tackling The 5 Emotional Stages Of Retirement
Transitioning from one phase of life to another is often accompanied by a range of emotions. And retirement is no different. You’ve spent a good majority of your life in the working and acquiring phase, and now you’re considering retirement. This phase of your life is meant to enjoy and relax after all the hard work you have put in over the years. But what emotions should you expect to feel as you approach retirement? Every person’s journey is different, but here are the most common emotional stages of retirement:
Stage 1: Retirement Planning & Preparation
The retirement phase of your life often begins with a period of planning and preparation. During this phase, you will consider things like when to retire, where you want to live when you retire, and how much money you will need during your retirement. During this phase you will probably experience emotions ranging from excitement to fear of the unknown. If you use this period wisely, you should have solid goals and plans for reaching these goals when your time to retire comes.
Stage 2: Excitement For Your Approaching Retirement
Retiring is exciting. And the closer your retirement date is, the more excited you will likely feel. You have probably been dreaming about retirement for quite some time. So it is only natural to feel excited as the time finally draws near. For most of your life who you are has probably been defined by the responsibilities you had – whether they be to work or to family. But retirement is about finding who you truly are. During this phase of life you will finally be able to focus on the things you want to do. The possibilities are endless, so there is a lot to be excited about.
Stage 3: The Retirement Honeymoon Phase
The honeymoon phase is probably one you know well. This emotional stage is experienced during many major transitions throughout our lifetime. During this period, you will probably be making the most of retirement. This is the time when you will do all the things you have always wanted to do but couldn’t. You may choose to travel, learn new hobbies, or spend more time with family. Unfortunately, the honeymoon phase never lasts forever – even during retirement.
Stage 4: The Retirement Disenchantment Phase
As the honeymoon phase comes to an end, many people begin to experience a period of disenchantment. This emotional phase of retirement can be dangerous as it can lead to serious depression and feeling of loneliness or emptiness. It is important to know that this is a normal phase, and it is ok to ask for help if you need it. Having the right social, emotional, and medical support during the disenchantment phase is critical to moving on to the final stage of retirement.
Stage 5: Emotional Balance & Stability Throughout Retirement
The final stage of retirement brings emotional balance and stability. During this phase, you will go back to your initial retirement planning and preparation and evaluate where you are in reaching your retirement goals. Now that the reality of retirement has begun to settle in, you are able to make clear choices on what you want the future to look like. Having already gone through the other emotional stages, you will now be ready to balance the excitement of retirement with the things you want to accomplish.
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