Healthy Aging: The Challenge of Leisure

The transition to retirement is a major milestone and Acropolis helps our clients make a successful transition.  Retiring is often equated with having more leisure time.  However, clients should have a strategy for healthy aging.

Leisure is an important part of life which provides many benefits.  A few of these are: time to recharge our batteries, give us something to look forward to, and provides a change of pace in life.

However, if leisure becomes our primary activity, then those benefits diminish.  In other words, things change when leisure becomes the focus of life.  Most people need some stimulation and reason to live.  Our mental, physical, and emotional self were not built to “have nothing to do.”

More often than not, in my experience, the more ambitious and successful a person has been in their career, the harder it is to transition to a life of pure leisure.  It has been said that there is a big difference between “time-filling” activities and “fulfilling” activities.  Unfortunately for many successful people, pure leisure is not “fulfilling”.

Those that have made the transition successfully have found ways to balance their leisure time with other activities to keep them engaged, productive, and growing.

At Acropolis we are blessed to see a lot of people transition to retirement and we like to provide some help along the way.  Over the next few weeks, we will talk about some the key things to think about when approaching retirement.  The topics we will address include:

  • Family
  • Social
  • Mental
  • Physical
  • Spiritual
  • Financial
  • SMART Goals
  • Interests as a Component of Healthy Aging

I learned that having kids is much easier than raising kids.  Likewise, transition to retirement is easier than having a successful retirement.  Fortunately it is a lot easier to have a successful retirement than it is to raise kids.  I hope we can help with outlining some of the steps to make the path both easier and more rewarding.