As we have downsized our life and have entered into a phase of semi-retirement -defined as slowing ourselves down to plan and spend more quality time looking into our future. Doing research into what has worked for other people–some of the research is frightening, breath— and take comfort in the plan, in the process.
Being thankful for Yoga to help us with the transition–this could help others: like Dwayne-
Retirement wasn’t working for Dwayne. A deliberate, thoughtful man, Dwayne spent 25 years with a Fortune 500 company rising through the ranks to Company Vice President of Logistics. When he retired, Dwayne expected to fall easily into a life of leisure – rising late, doing what he wanted when he wanted, and traveling frequently with his wife Mary. Now, three months post-retirement, he finds his days endlessly boring, spent mostly sleeping or watching television. He doesn’t like golf, gardening is too hot, and Mary has her own activities which don’t include him.
As many retirees discover, leaving one life to begin another is difficult. A May 2013 study by the UK’s Institute of Economic Affairs reports 40% of retirees suffer from clinical depression, while 6 out of 10 report a decline in health.
The truth is, even though most professionals look forward to retirement, the loss of a job can be unexpectedly traumatic. According to psychologists, jobs provide mental health benefits including:
- Feelings of contribution and being appreciated
- The satisfaction of solving problems and learning new things
- Relationships with fellow workers
- Daily routines eliminating mental decisions about “what to do next”
The key to a positive retirement is to ensure these benefits don’t get lost, but are simply experienced in a different way. Yoga is a great way to feel alive, connected, healthy, vibrant…the list goes on….
One on one yoga sessions are a private, intimate way to introduce yourself to poses, be comfortable to ask questions, and gain confidence before practicing with a larger group. Although any group practice should be accepting and welcoming–it’s yoga.
Cheers and Blessings ~