Burned out and anxious: 3 years to retirement
(St. Louis, MO)
So glad I stumbled on this website. I've been a happy, enthusiastic person for most of my life but now, at 61, I feel burned out on my job but that I need to stay 3 more years until I turn 65 and can get on Medicare.
I feel anxious almost all the time, and yet I'm taking positive steps.
My company is letting me go part-time and I will soon be filling some of my free time helping a couple third graders with reading (OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring).
I've been leading sing alongs at memory care facilities for three years (my mother died from Alzheimer's two years ago, and I started singing with her). I get satisfaction from that, yet I'm still anxious.
It helps to read other people's stories and know I'm not alone in these feelings, but I sure wish I could "snap out of it." Even as I'm typing this, I'm thinking, "Deep breaths."
I'm definitely a Type-A personality who likes to have control, and this aging thing feels like a lot of stuff OUTSIDE my control.
Thanks for reading.