Proactively maintaining your health through exercise, diet and regular medical check-ups
The link between exercise, stress reduction and increased longevity is well known. Diet also has an impact on mood, health and life expectancy. Research shows that those who regularly attend to exercise, diet and medical check-ups have significantly lower levels of depression than those who only look after one or two of these health aspects.
Planning for retirement – both financially and for an active lifestyle
Some people are goal setters and planners, while others prefer to take an unplanned approach and live life as it comes. Neither approach is right or wrong, however, it has been shown that those people who planned for retirement report lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression and higher levels of satisfaction in retirement. Planners begin to get involved in activities outside their working lives well before retirement, and this makes the transition much easier.
Receiving pre-retirement advice or education
People retiring often have little idea of what lies ahead of them and sometimes the retirement dream is very different from the reality. Those who turn to friends and relatives for information may not get the right answers, as everybody’s views and expectations of retirement are different. Research shows the amount of pre-retirement advice and education people receive translates to higher retirement satisfaction and more positive attitudes to life.
For more information and strategies for each of these factors, see Enjoying Retirement – An Australian handbook of ideas, strategies and resources, Michael Longhurst, June 2018