How To Enjoy Retirement

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This was written by Keith Weber, the author of Rethinking Retirement, who has "been there, done that" just like you... read it. It just might help you, and his website will too!

Having spent 20 years as a Certified Financial Planner™, I saw a lot of people who couldn't wait to retire away from jobs they hated, only to struggle with "finding themselves" in retirement.

After being diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 40, I began experiencing the same struggles myself (Who am I and What will I do with the rest of my life?) and eventually sold my financial planning practice to focus on helping others deal with the emotional / psychological issues that retirement brings. To that end, I worked with several psychologists and life coaches to determine what it takes to be happy, fulfilled and active in retirement.

It sounds simple, but it boils down to finding balance and fulfillment in

Six Key Life Arenas:

1. Engage in a fulfilling purpose - Whether that be continued work for pay or volunteering, you have to have a personally meaningful reason to get up in the morning.

2. Practice financial maturity - Very few of us have all the money we'll ever want, and that insecurity around having “enough” is the # 1 fear/anxiety during retirement. Learning to control your short-term desires and manage your money to support your deepest and most heartfelt goals is the key to overcoming that anxiety.

3. Maintain family and social relationships - No man is an island. Staying connected to family and friends is the best way to fight loneliness and depression.

4. Maintain health and wellness - Stay physically and mentally active. Challenge yourself physically and continue to stimulate your mind by remaining a lifelong learner.

5. Continue personal development (including Spirituality) - Who have you been and what kind of person would you like to be? Learn to move consciously in that direction.

6. Engage in leisure interests - What do you like to do just for fun? For many retirees it's been so long since they've had time to pursue a hobby “just for fun” they've forgotten what it is they love to do. Rekindle old interests or take up something you’ve always wanted to do.

Keith J. Weber, CFP®, CPRC is the author of Rethinking Retirement: How to Create the Life You Want Without Waiting to Retire.

He also has a retirement website: that examines each of these arenas in greater detail and provides a self-assessment to help you begin to examine each of these areas in your life.