For most workers retirement is concurrent with aging. They feel the final phase of existence has begun. The end of life, that has been distant for so long, has come more clearly in the view thus making suppression of awareness of human mortality more difficult to ignore. Retirees may feel like material that is ready for disposal. The depersonalization of gifts eg. Watches or framed prints for all retirees may consolidate the feeling of ultimately being just an unit for disposal.
Retirement is a time of great uncertainty. You have lost your status, your job, your friends, your health is declining including your libido, your self esteem is down, your income is reduced, you have many idle hours and you wonder what to do with them, your spouse also wonders what to do with you. It is now you are starting you marriage life. All those years you have been married to your job and so you were strangers. Repackaging yourself is not easy. With men it is very challenging because with them their identity is tied to work. They become objects of pity and many of them live in a denial for sometime, but later they accept the reality. Accept the reality and move on:
- Serve your community.
- Boost your mental health.
- Make new friends and maintain connections with old ones.
- Participate in physical activity.
- Learn a new skill and keep training your brain.
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat healthy.
- Try new technologies.
- Help design your community
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