New to the 'Retirement Club'
by RC-Bisbee, AZ
After working 37 years in a high-stress Public Health position + being a single parent for most of those years, I retired 3 weeks ago at the age of 62. The stress was affecting my health and I was burned out.
I am sleeping 10+ hours/day. I try to go to bed between 10-11 pm but automatically wake at 6:30am just to realize I don't have to get up and go to work, Often I'll fall back asleep and awake at 9-9:30 ready to start my day. I feel like a huge weight is off my shoulders. My blood pressure is the lowest it has been in several years and I have already begun losing weight as I am not eating as much.
I set a goal to accomplish at least 2-3 tasks each day and if I get the energy to do more then, I do so. My doctor said that needing to sleep alot and not wanting to do much of anything is normal after being in 'high gear' all these years; that I need to listen to my body and take little steps to take better care of myself; don't feel guilty - and most importantly- don't plan on getting involved in any major activity for at least a year.
I still feel as if I am on vacation and most likely won't realize that I am actually retired for quite some time. My new 'job' is to achieve good health and do things that make me content/peaceful.
Little things- like watching a bunch of bees colonize flowers in my garden for 10 minutes, sitting on my front porch savoring a good cup of coffee reading the newspaper, being able to sit and contemplate life quietly. I figure after all the years of hard/stressful work, I deserve it!
Best Wishes to each of you!