Retiring? 10 Key Ways to Cope with Your Transition

Retirement is a new stage in life that can begin at any age from 55 on. I like to refer to this 20-25 years as the Encore Years or Prime Time. It’s a stage that ends somewhere around 85 years old.

As with any transition, it can be a stressful time as you adjust to the many changes in your life. If you are about to enter this stage in your life or are already retired, you may find these suggestions helpful:

  1. Take an honest look at yourself; it is time to do an inventory. What are your strengths, weaknesses, values, and skills? How are each of these influencing (positively or negatively) your transition?
  2. Step up your self-care. Major changes can be physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever. Talk over with someone you trust how you plan to focus on your self-care.
  3. Engage your curiosity. What is going right or wrong? What can you do better? What is working really well? Notice how you feel when you are using your strengths.
  4. Focus on what you want this time in your life to be like. What you focus on tends to increase. Keep your eye on what is important to you instead of what you don’t want.
  5. Be aware of your thoughts. When they are negative, you can change them to neutral or positive. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness. Take time to be grateful.
  6. Let go of how things are “suppose to be” and accept how things are. Find things to appreciate.
  7. Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual help with all transitions. 
  8. Keep things in perspective. Do not let yourself get stuck. You may need to try a new perspective. Remember, the only constant is change.
  9. Surround yourself with positive people. Avoid those who are negative or are threatened by the changes you are making.
  10. Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, there may be a time when you need to seek outside support from friends or professionals.

I love helping people entering this new stage in life tap into their dreams and make informed decisions that make this time personally rewarding, meaningful, and joy-filled.

Check out the four pieces of my Retirement Puzzle and sign up for my complimentary 6 Steps to a Rewarding and Meaningful Life in Your Encore Years ( and see what step you are at. 

Until next time,


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