Questions To Ask Yourself When You’re Nearing Retirement
Retirement symbolises complete liberation. It’s the ultimate reward after a lifetime of hard work. Whether you decide you want to slow down and appreciate life at a more leisurely pace – or speed up and embrace the adventure! Your retirement is your time to finally step back and do life without limits, whatever that looks like to you. But there can be lots to consider when it comes to waving goodbye to working life.
In this article, we cover a few of the questions to ask yourself when you’re nearing retirement.
Am I financially prepared?
Perhaps one of the more daunting elements of retirement is no longer having your usual salary to depend on. Not everyone has savings to fall back on or a big enough pension to live as comfortably as they might like to. That’s why it’s a good idea to consider your options when it comes to retirement. There can be some helpful solutions such as releasing equity from your property, selling any additional properties that are in your name, and much more.
How do I want to spend my time?
This is a personal question that only you can answer. No two people’s retirement goals are ever the same. While one person may want to enjoy peaceful days at home and spend more quality time with family and friends, another may wish to go on an around the world adventure! Make a plan of exactly how you’d like to spend your golden years.
What do I want to achieve?
This could be anything you’ve always wanted to accomplish but never had the time or resources to do. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a new language? Or how to play a particular musical instrument? Maybe you want to start a local group in your community. Perhaps it’s always been on your bucket list to run a marathon! Whatever your goals are write them down and start working on how you could achieve your goals. This is your time to finally invest in your personal aspirations.
How can I improve my well-being?
Whether you’ll be entering retirement on your own, or with a partner, it’s important to keep your well-being in mind. Those who are used to being busy working 5 days a week (or more!) can often find it difficult to adjust to the lack of pace when they retire. Consider things that will keep you happy and fulfilled in this time. You might want to move closer to your children, family, and friends to ensure you always have people around you that can easily visit, or you may wish to set a routine that you stick to, giving structure to your days. Whatever works for you, happiness is the key to any successful retirement!
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