Always Tired

I am three weeks into retirement and wondering what is wrong with me, always tired and fatigued and wanting to sleep.

I am nearly 68 and in my health. On the job, I was on the go the whole time and thought nothing of it.

I Don't sleep well, having to get up a couple of times a night to use the bathroom which of course breaks into my sleep. We have just had a week away and I felt pretty fine being on the go. Have another week away shortly hoping I can feel the same.

Hoping to get some casual work and volunteer work, but of course same as others, not likely to happen until Covid goes. Having to make myself go out for walks. I have arthritis so of course lack of sleep and sitting or lying around doesn't help matters.

We have been having some hot humid weather which saps my energy.

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Always Tired - Its OK and will pass
by: Anonymous

Hello Always Tired,

If you've been checked out medically and things are OK, I would not worry about it. You are only three weeks into a new life-the mental adjustment affects the physical feelings.

For me, my working life was always stressful, always traveling, always short on sleep. In the early months of retirement, sleep was chaotic until my being adjusted to not being on a constant schedule. Took over a year or so to really settle into being retired after working so long.

Retiring from work is in some ways similar to what happens with any object in motion that comes to an abrupt stop-it bounces and oscillates. Oscillate into a new path of your own and the rest will take care of itself.

Spiritually Active
by: William HI

You may be exercising the mind and body, but missing or lacking spirit.

You can do something that is not Covid related which acts like a spiritual exercise; by doing something with flowers/Gardening, fish/fishing, animals/pet care. You may also boost people connectivity through a You-tube account within each subject.

by: Canadian Retiree

It’s not unusual to feel tired after retiring. It’s an emotional time in our lives as we bid our work life farewell.

My husband worked graveyard shifts for over 30 years and had to adjust to regular sleep schedule after retiring.

I had a bout of insomnia after my retirement. Just take it easy. Exercise helps.

Congrats on your retirement and all the best.

by: Franklin

I retired in January. I had a 24/7 kind of job and I wasn’t sleeping well. The work load doubled and I called it quits. For the first week or so I slept, a lot. As time went on that tapered off to 8-8 nine hours per night.

I suspect that I needed it, as you might. Change is hard and I anticipated that I would need a good 6 months to really settle in to a new way of life.

Like you, I ran the show and was always "go,go,go". But I have watched person after person leave, retire, move on. Their memories fade and after 5 years few really remember them. I don’t think I’ll be different.

I loved what I did. But life is short. It was time for the "next evolution ".

Give yourself time. Relax, don’t "do". Just breathe and reflect on what you want this next phase to be.

Make an appointment with your physician
by: Michael - Sunny and Warm Venice Florida

As a man, I know I am supposed to reduce my liquids by 6PM in order to reduce nighttime bathroom trips. This may apply to women as well.

If nighttime bathroom trips are a new and more frequent occurrence, you should make an appointment with your physician for a complete physical exam to rule out any health problems.

Your tiredness and fatigue could also be a physical issue or form of depression caused by your recent job loss. A physical exam will be most helpful to you at this point.

In addition, make sure that you establish a new routine of regular sleep patterns and daily exercise.

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