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Lockdown in retirement

Lockdown in retirement is tough.  With half of the world in some sort of isolation, a blog about active retirement is difficult to write.  All of the great ideas about the bucket list, making new friends, travel – the all seem a bit pointless.

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And yet here we are still, breathing in and breathing out.   How to make the most of this time?

Some lockdown in retirement rules:

  • Try to lead a healthy life.  Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get plenty of  sleep.  Try to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs.  Be aware of your weight, blood pressure, diet, mental state.
  • Don’t stress over the little things. Everyone has good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.
  • Always try  to stay up to date with what is happening in the world.  . Read newspapers, social media, watch the news, contribute an opinion.  Go online and read what people are saying.  Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks.
  • Avoid spreading fake news – share content from trusted sources, don’t always react to the latest quote, meme, suggestion or trend.  It’s up to all of us to be responsible, whatever shade of politics we come from.
  • Try not to use phrases like: “In my time”, or “in the old days” Those days are gone, and by and large they weren’t that great anyway. Some things in life were better, some were awful – but you have to live in the now and recognise that the past has gone.
  • Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can still, cook, read, dance (in your own home of course), do a jigsaw.  The world may no longer be your oyster, but it’still a prawn.
  • Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are – no point in raising your stress level needlessly.
  • Pains and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the life.  They are, as far as we know, better than the alternative.
  • If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone – apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.
  • Laugh. Laugh away your worries Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life.
  • Try to dress smartly in public, keep the hair as decent as you can, don’t spend too long in bed each morning.  Sieze the day still applies.
  • Limit the alcohol consumption- no preaching, enough said.
  • Try new technology – don’t be afraid of Zoom, Skype, all of the social contact apps that are keeping us connected.  Give it a go – what’s the worst that can happen?

Lockdown in retirement is tough – the plans, the hope, the dreams all on hold.  The stock market in retreat, bad news all around, it is difficult to keep maintain a positive outlook.

But this time will pass, and the message for this time is the same as it has always been – make the most of today within the limits of what you’ve got or can make.

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