Health & Wellness Month Over 50s Lifestyle

How having a purpose in life is the key to Health & Happiness in Retirement

June 16, 2017
Purpose retirement


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Purpose key to health & happiness in Retirement

As we age it is easy to fall into a rut or if we are alone we can withdraw into ourselves.

Without a purpose to get up and going in the mornings life can become depressing and it is unhealthy for us – both mentally and physically. I found that out when I retired!

I worked full time most of my life , raised a family, saw the children become adults and live their own lives and then suddenly as an ‘empty nester’ I felt lost and confused.

Taking early retirement to spend time with my husband who is 9 years older was something I looked forward to but after a few months the gloss had started to fade. Not because I didn’t want to spend time with him, but because I felt restless and didn’t really have a plan.

We all look forward to retirement but it can sometimes come as a shock to some of us to find that we no longer have purpose to our days. Everyone thinks it will be wonderful to ‘have time to do all of those things we have always wanted to do’ but in reality settling into retirement is not that easy.

I would love you to click over and Read the rest of the post with my tips to finding a purpose in your retirement….

 Purpose in retirement

How did you feel when you retired?  Were you ready or like me was it a shock to the system?

What do you feel is your purpose in retirement?  It might just be to enjoy and appreciate every day.

Purpose in retirement

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  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill June 16, 2017 at 18:38

    Hi Sue – great to see you launching Donna’s Summer Series – I’m on next week and looking forward to being a part of it.

    • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill June 16, 2017 at 18:39

      Just realized this is another guest post as well – you have certainly been busy !

      • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2017 at 09:12

        Yes they come in waves usually Leanne!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2017 at 09:12

      I’m looking forward to her Summer Series as well, Leanne. Have a great week and no doubt we will chat. x

  • Reply Shirley Corder June 16, 2017 at 20:09

    Hi Sue. My husband’s retirement came as a huge shock to me. Although I’d retired from nursing years before (thanks to cancer) I regarded myself as a full-time writer. So I hadn’t “retired”. Suddenly I found myself with a husband at home all day, and I had to drastically change my routine and become a not-so-full-time writer. At the same time, we moved into a two bed-roomed cottage in a retirement village. Now THAT was a shock to my system. We were the youngest in the village, but somehow that didn’t matter when I kept seeing fellow residents hobble past my window with their walkers! I soon came to realise they were lovely people, and they weren’t all using walkers! Life is good. But it did take a while for me to recover from that initial shock! Many things cancer cannot do

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2017 at 09:11

      That appears to be a common problem when people retire Shirley. Trying to keep our own lives and routines but also accept our partner being around more. It has taken me a while to adjust but I think this year I am finally really letting go and enjoying my retirement. Have a beautiful week Shirley x

  • Reply penpen June 17, 2017 at 05:58

    My husband says retirement is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do–and he’s had to rebuild his legal practice several times. I’m semi-retired and I find the “semi” gives me purpose. Nothing like having to meet a deadline. The key for both of us, though, has not been to find things to pass the time but to invest time in something we really want to do, achieve or contribute. It ain’t easy.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2017 at 09:08

      You have hit it on the head ‘not just passing the time doing things but finding something you really want to do’. I love that attitude. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt June 18, 2017 at 07:15

    Sue, your retirement lifestyle is such a shining example of how it should be done! Your fit, engaged, have meaningful projects and self-motivated. I read your entire article and it rocks, just like you do!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2017 at 08:59

      Oh thank you Terri! I am reading this on a Monday morning and you have started my week with such a warm feeling from your beautiful comments. Have a fabulous week and thanks so much for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Erin @ June 18, 2017 at 22:43

    Excellent tips! Love your blog name. Enjoy this time in life. ??

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2017 at 08:53

      Hello Erin! Thanks for visiting and I hope you visit again. It is a fun name for a blog but as I turn 60 this year I’ve had to add ‘& Beyond’ because I won’t stop Sizzling that is for sure! Have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply Jodie filogomo June 27, 2017 at 23:02

    It’s funny how the term retirement can mean so many different things to different people. I really loved your article, Sue!!
    Finding something meaningful for us, is so important!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2017 at 07:27

      Thanks Jodie! Yes I still can’t really get used to retirement that is why I blog! Having a meaning or purpose really helps me make the most of my life.

  • Reply Busy or just filling time? - Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond July 25, 2017 at 01:02

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