Most major life-changing events, such as marriage or divorce, involve an ongoing process of emotional adjustment. Retirement is no exception. You may grieve the loss of your old life, feel stressed about how you’re going to fill your days or be worried about it affecting your relationship with your spouse or partner.
Many new retirees find that after a few months the novelty of being on “permanent holiday” starts to wear off. You may miss the sense of identity, meaning, and purpose that came with your job, the structure it gave your days or the social aspect of having co-workers.
Some new retirees even experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety triggered by increased loneliness and decreased social connections.
If you are worried or struggling seek help. Talk to your local Age UK to see what advice they can give you to help prepare for retirement.