Six Tips for Harmony in your Next Chapter

Life changes.  That is one thing we can count on. Leaving full-time employment is a major life change.  In fact, on the scale of top stressors, retirement is rated as number 10.  How you experience those changes is directly affected by your thinking, and will directly affect your sense of well-being. That is why I want to share the first Six Tips for Harmony in your Next Chapter.

I read an article today about Life Domain Harmony. The article was disputing the idea of work/life balance because of the many domains in our life. We have personal domains, spiritual domains, physical domains, love domains, family domains, as well as work domains. Finding harmony in these domains is a more humane way of looking at “balance.”

I have put together a list of 12 empowering ideas that can have a positive impact on your well-being and harmony in your life. Rather than share all 12 now, I am going to divide this up into two-weeks’ worth of ideas. I am hoping this gives you the opportunity to focus on one or two of the first six to try this week. Next week you might want to pick a couple more.

Please let me know what you will be thinking about this week.

  1. I count my blessings. List each thing that you have to be grateful for. Remember to include the smaller items, like warm socks or dark chocolate. Expressing your appreciation reminds you of how rich you are.  I try to end my day by thinking about three things I am grateful for that day. Try it!
  2. I dream big. Expand your wish list. Who said we have to stop dreaming as we age?  This is the time to take the limits off your dreams, expand your bucket list.  Just because you want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro doesn’t mean you will.  But if you never add it to your wish list, you certainly will never climb.
  3. I practice forgiveness. Lighten your load by clearing away any resentment you’re holding onto from the past. Set reasonable boundaries while you respond with compassion when others disappoint you. Pardon yourself too.
  4. I give generously. Sharing your blessings makes you more powerful and joyful. Volunteer in your community and speak kindly to each person you meet today. Research shows that those who volunteer are less depressed, experience a greater sense of control over their lives, have higher self-esteem and happiness, and tend to live longer.
  5. I take responsibility. You are in charge of your life. Hold yourself accountable for the outcomes you create. Celebrate the fact that you have the power to determine your own future.
  6. I connect with others. Connections as we age are vitality important. Loneliness is a major cause of depression in older people. Surround yourself with loving and encouraging family and friends. Participate actively in your faith community. Join a club with members who share your interests. Take a class.  Volunteer.  Find ways to stay connected and build a sense of community

A positive attitude increases your happiness. Question your old assumptions so you can replace them with a new sense of certainty about yourself and your future. Adopt empowering beliefs that build up your confidence and prepare you for What’s Next.

Start today. You’ll be glad you did!

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