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Destination Retirement: What Are Your Options

Destination Retirement: What Are Your Options

It might seem odd, but many people feel anxious about their retirement. Instead of thinking about opportunities one gets when he is completely free, doesn’t have to go to work and can keep all time of the day to himself, they consider retirement to be the endgame of life, when no one expects much of you and you cannot expect much from the future. However, these depressing thoughts are nothing but misconceptions.

In the modern world, retirement is more and more often considered a new beginning rather than an end. After years of work, you finally have time and money to enjoy yourself. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your golden years.

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1. Travel

Many retirees use this period of their lives to catch up with their dreams and finally visit all the foreign countries and faraway locales they always wanted to go to. If you travel smart and don’t lug about a lot of useless possessions, it may actually turn out to be cheaper than staying at home, at the same time providing a host of unforgettable experiences.

2. Move Abroad

Moving yourself and your assets abroad may be the wisest decision of your life. Some countries may offer the same standard of living at considerably lower costs, others offer better safety, still others can boast of a fantastic climate and friendliness to expats. Just make sure you understand all the implications of this action and the reality of the place you want to move to. For example, professional financial advice in Dubai will be quite different from what you might get at home – because the legislature and customs are quite different as well.

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3. Learn a New Skill

Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t matter how old you are when it comes to learning new skills. The barrier is in your head, not in your nature – if you believe there is no point in learning and that you are too old for this, of course you are going to fail, even if you manage to trick yourself into starting something new. But if you approach the task with enthusiasm, you can master any skill. Learn a craft, study a foreign language, try your hand at drawing or painting – the choice is yours. Perhaps you always wanted to do something but never had time – now is the perfect moment to see if you can really be any good at it. In addition to occupying your time with a new and fascinating activity, it will keep your brain at work – which can greatly slow down the onset of age.

4. Take up a Hobby

If your life up to this point has been ruled by work, you may find it hard to adapt to a new, slower lifestyle. Recent retirees often feel restless and bored simply because now that they don’t have to work they have nothing to do. Taking up a hobby or two may fill the emptiness and suddenly make life much more fulfilling. It may be a good idea to start this some time before retirement – this way you will be able to avoid such a drastic change of pace.

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5. Stay Active

Even if you decide not to work after retirement, make sure you don’t retire from life. Stay active, be engaged in the world, do things you like. Work part-time, stay connected to your friends and family. Set goals for yourself, continue the life you’ve created during your working years – the fact that you are retired certainly doesn’t mean you are no longer a part of this world.

Retirement is a huge, life-changing step – but if you play your cards right, it is going to be enjoyable, not daunting.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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