The “S” word is a very very bad word.
Yes, I’m talking about STRESS.
And for a lot of you, you may have spent the majority of your day today caring for everyone but yourself.
I know the other “S” word….self-care….can be a bit overused these days but honestly, caring for yourself and your needs is one of the best ways to manage stress, pre-retirement and during retirement.
If you’re getting close to retirement AKA living’ the dream, or you’re already there — you may be worrying about things like not having enough money, or losing relationships…so it’s time to take a deep breath and think of what you can do to ease these woes…
Take a bath, read a book, meditate, take a class at the gym, go out with friends…whatever floats your boat.
Other ways you can battle stress?
Eat a balanced, nutritious diet
Get more sleep
Start a gratefulness journal
Enjoy a hobby or learn a new one
And seriously, lower your expectations for that “perfect’ retirement life and take one day at a time. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Right now, I want you to take a deep breath and write down one thing you’re grateful for and it’ll be your first step in self-care today.