When retirement has a negative impact on your mental health...

There are a number of reports which indicate that retirement can have a negative impact on your mental health. That the loss of status, connection, identity and drive can lead to depression, and that this is particularly prevalent amongst men. This is not surprising given that retirement represents a significant life change and can result in much upheaval to life as we know it. It does, however, beg the question is the transition into retirement the sole catalyst for poorer mental health or is there something else at play?

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How can yoga help you bring your retirement plans to life?

To the men out there! If you knew that yoga could benefit your retirement plans and goals, would you give it a go? Whilst it seems that almost every Gen Y-er and millennial owns a yoga mat and has a favourite class, there is much trepidation surrounding yoga for many Baby Boomers. Worries abound such as how to get your body to bend like that, what to do when you enter a class, and the ultimate fear of falling asleep and snoring! Men in particular tend to be sceptical, perhaps because they worry about looking silly or a little too much in touch with their feminine side.

Before you laugh it off, can I ask you to do a quick self-assessment – how’s your quality of sleep, what’s your mobility like and how easily does your body allow you to do your everyday tasks? If you toss and turn during the night or worry about how you are going to jump in and out of that 4X4, set up the camper trailer or take long hikes in retirement, yoga might be just the thing for you!

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Sleep well and love life in retirement!

What if someone told you that improving the quality of your sleep would positively influence your experience of retirement? That the quality of your sleep impacts how you step into each day and respond to the opportunities and challenges that are presented to you?

The value of sleep is unfortunately often overlooked as we struggle to fit more and more into our already busy days. In recognition of this I share the advice of wellbeing coach and change specialist Bev Roberts, of Living Fabulously with Bev, who approaches wellbeing holistically and emphasises the importance of sleep, an approach which is strongly supported by research.

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