Retirement planning is not only complex, it is of the utmost importance. Retirement without sufficient income guaranteed through one or more pensions, real estate holdings or your savings is tricky and quite dangerous to peace of mind. It demands not only highly inspired creativity but a miracle at best. However, retiring with more than sufficient income can be just as problematic – if you do not take your retirement emotions into account.
Wealthy retirees discover all too soon that their immense villa by the sea in an exotic Central American country such as Belize, Guatemala, Ecuador or even Mexico does not necessarily spell retirement bliss. No amount of sunshine, ocean breezes, expatriate social life, local folklore or open-air restaurants can take the place of a retiree’s natural inner joy which flows stubbornly and freely regardless of circumstance.
Such inner joy experienced throughout retirement – despite circumstance – is something attained not only through careful financial retirement planning and management, but through careful planning and preening inner landscapes of emotion and mood.
What does this involve? It means getting rid of inner emotional sludge, revising harmful emotional habits and developing a strong self-love. It cannot be found in its permanent state in one bottle of alcohol after another, as so many retirees assume.
With all eyes on financial retirement planning, working out and implementing emotional strategies for retirement remains a crucial, but often neglected, part of retirement planning. This doesn’t necessarily mean dozens of trips to a therapist’s office. There is an amazing amount of information online to help anyone seriously interested in developing strong, emotional strategies for retirement. Google topics such as evolving toward joy or “retirement bliss” or “strategies for self-love.”
Why not try online counseling? Many professional counselors offer online counseling done via email or, at times, telephone conversations. You could be on your yacht in the Caribbean and still get all the help you need to iron out the emotional kinks in your retirement life. Shop around, and pick one offering easy access and affordable terms, for you may want, and need, to use them over and over again.