**Stress and Retirement
-While retiring can be a reward for years of hard work, it can also trigger stress, anxiety, and depression.
-Initially, escaping the daily grind and a long commute, workplace politics, or a difficult boss, for example, can seem like a great relief.
-However, many new retirees find that after a few months the novelty of being on “permanent vacation” starts to wear off.
-They may miss the sense of identity, meaning, and purpose that came with their job, the structure it gave their days, or the social aspect of having co-workers.
-Instead of feeling free, relaxed, and fulfilled, you feel bored, aimless, and isolated.
-You may grieve the loss of your old life, feel stressed about how you’re going to fill your days, or worried about the toll that being at home all day is taking on your relationship with your spouse or partner.
-Some new retirees even experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
-The truth is that no matter how much you’ve been looking forward to it, retiring from work is a major life change that can bring stress as well as benefits.
-In fact, some studies have linked retirement to a decline in health.
-One ongoing study found that retired people, especially those in the first year of retirement, are about 40 percent more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke than those who keep working.
-While some difficulties adjusting to retirement can be linked to how much you enjoyed your job (it’s less of a wrench to give up a job you hated), there are steps you can take to cope with the common challenges of retirement.
-Whether you’re already retired and struggling with the change, planning to make the transition soon, or facing a forced or early retirement, there are healthy ways to adjust to this new chapter in your life and ensure your retirement is both happy and rewarding.
**The Relaxation Response
-The relaxation response is the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
-It basically undoes the work of the stress response after a stressful situation.
-The relaxation response happens when we feel safe, nurtured or taken care of.
-It can block effects from your body’s response to stress.
-This is good for your mental and physical health.
**Effective Relaxation Techniques
-The most effective relaxation technique is one that works for you!
-Different relaxation techniques will help different people at different times.
-What works for you this week, may not work next week.
-But it might work again next month.
-Our needs vary and so it’s important to have a toolbox of relaxation techniques to help you on a regular basis.