Retirement means more time to do the things we enjoy with the people we love.
But, did you know?
- Retirement can bring about almost half of the most stressful events in life1
- Many of these stressful events often take place at the same time1
- The act of retiring all by itself rates high on the list2
- Stress can put your health and happiness at risk2
There are strategies designed to increase resilience and reduce stress in retirement or as you head into retirement. But before you learn ways to bounce back quicker from life’s inevitable adversities, take a moment to assess your overall stress risk.
Are you curious?
Take a quick look at the Life Stress Inventory. Developed by renowned scientists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe, the Life Stress Inventory is the leading scale in the field of psychology for measuring the link between stress and illness. You’ll then discover surprising ways to enjoy a happier, healthier retirement.
The Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory
Developed by renowned scientists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe, the Life Stress Inventory is the leading scale in the field of psychology for measuring the link between stress and illness.
Whether you score high or low on the stress inventory, it’s good to have an idea about the role stress can play in your life.
Select each life event that you’ve experienced in the past year.
Keep your stress at bay – with play!
Play leads to joy, and joy leads to resilience, according to psychologist Dr. Roger Hall. How? Dr. Hall says frequent moments of joy trigger good brain chemicals that build up over time to make us more resistant to life’s hardships. And play is a surefire (and fun!) shortcut we can use to create those frequent moments of joy.
The amazing benefits of play
- Reduce Stress
- Ward off depression
- Improve cognitive health
- Lower the risk of dementia
- Make us more resilient3
Schedule time to play. The key to building resilience is frequency. How you play is up to you, but Dr. Hall says that making it an intentional, prioritized part of your life will help you reap the healthy benefits over time.
The stress-reducing power of a plan
Financial stress can add to your worries and cause an otherwise happy retirement to derail. And with all the other life stressors we worry about, why not create a plan designed to help ensure money isn’t one of them?