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Retirement is a tremendous milestone to reach for any professional. It’s a period in one’s life where you’re finally able to pursue trips, hobbies, projects – anything that wasn’t possible while having to work from nine to five every weekday. But even though retirement is exciting and something every professional has looked forward to, they often overlook the certain physical and emotional changes that come with it.

Below are three big changes a retiree may experience.

Boredom

Usually, a retiree worked the same type of jobs for many decades. This job took up a majority of their time and they became an expert in the industry. Once they retire, the thing they spent a majority of their time doing is now missing. Having a lot more free time can easily lead to boredom especially if you’ve completely stopped working. To cope with this transition, retirees should consider pursuing old hobbies or trying new things or even working a part-time job.

Losing friends

Graduating high school. Graduating college. Getting a new job. Starting a family. These are all events that lead to losing friends due to distance between one another or time constraints, and retirement is no difference. However, this challenge is even more difficult to deal with as a retiree. Because as people get older, they don’t go out to socialize like they once did. Instead, they opt to stay in with their partner or family or even move away to a new, more manageable home.

To cope with this transition, retirees should make an effort to keep in touch with close friends, especially those that live near them. Joining organizations, whether clubs for hobbies or professional ones, is also a good idea. You’re never too old to get to know new people and it’s important to stay busy.

Physical changes

This change is especially true for professionals who had an active job. These retirees may gain wait or find themselves fatigued often after retirement. However, the same issue is true for office professionals. Just by breaking the routine of waking up and going to sleep at the same time can cause physical changes.

Retirees should set a work-like schedule that includes exercise and diet to cope with this transition. Living a new lifestyle after retirement shouldn’t cause a retiree to stress out. Instead, it should be an exciting period with endless possibilities, such as adopting a new hobby or physical activity to get involved with throughout the days.

By recognizing the changes listed in this article, those who are coming up on retirement can now prepare in advance. By bracing for the upcoming changes and having a plan in place, retirees will be able to lead a rewarding and fulfilling life in retirement.