Step 5 – Adjusting to a new lifestyle
Adjusting to a New Lifestyle
Be aware of your feelings and don’t be surprised if it takes some time to get accustomed to a new routine, household surroundings, and people. It’s important to note that even those who have prepared for retirement for many years, and who executed their plan exactly as they had intended, have sometimes had difficulties adjusting to a new way of life. This change can be even more pronounced for those who have to make a move under less than favorable circumstances related to illness, death of a spouse or caregiver, or financial constraints.
Whether you’re moving as a result of a well-executed plan or due to unexpected circumstances, time for adjustment is expected and necessary. Though everyone differs, there are three factors that have been shown to correlate positively with a successful adjustment to a new lifestyle—level of optimism, support network, and level of activity. People who maintain a positive outlook, who reach out to their peers and family for support, and who continue to be active in social, religious, and physical activities are much more likely to experience a shorter and more pleasurable adjustment period than those who are pessimistic, who retreat inwardly, and who discontinue their regular activities.
Our “Downsizing made easy” guide discusses the emotions you may experience and provides a number of ideas and suggestions for helping make an adjustment to a new living arrangement a little easier.
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