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I found a great article, written before all of the COVID stress, that suggests ways to reduce stress. Quite often, we cannot control the things going on around us, but we can control our reaction to them or how deeply we dwell on those things we cannot change.
This article, entitled 10 Things to Stop Doing If You're Stressed, offers these suggestions:
1) Stop ruminating
2) Stop losing sleep
3) Stop eating junk
4) Stop leaning on frenemies
5) Stop overloading your schedule
6) Stop your cognitive distortions
7) Stop putting off exercise
8) Stop negativity
9) Stop missing opportunities
10) Don't ignore your stress
Most of us were probably guilty of most of these things (with the possible exception of overloading our schedule!) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Let me encourage you to take care of yourself, enjoy the summer sunshine, and seek help if you are struggling with stress. You don't have to go it alone.
Happy retirement is not always what you think it is. For some, it can mean freedom from a stressful job. Others find happiness in retirement through finding new purpose, new hobbies, new volunteer opportunities. Some have built-in happiness through serving their family or their church in meaningful ways.
Often, happiness does not depend on how much we make or how "comfortable" we are but on how fulfilled we are. The old adage from Scripture in Proverbs 18:24 says "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly..." (KJV) and I think the same principle is true in happiness -- whoever wants to be happy must show himself happy. Find contentment in what you have and where you are and you will be content.
We specialize in helping people have a happy retirement. This includes finding your purpose, as well as having adequate income. You are not a number to us, but a whole person. If you are approaching retirement and would like to have a conversation, reach out to us.