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How To Achieve A Balanced And Healthy Lifestyle In Retirement

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By Cynthia Barnett

Now that youíve retired, you have entered an entirely new phase of life, a life filled with new challenges, adventure and hopefully one that brings you complete and total satisfaction. However, if youíre like most people, change isnít always easy and is sometimes stressful. This stress is completely normal but may be compounded if you donít learn how to balance all the demands on your time. With this in mind, weíve developed an innovative questionnaire and article to teach you how to determine how stress affects your life and how balancing it will lead to a more healthy and balanced lifestyle. Sound interesting? Well, sit back, grab a pencil and letís access how stress is affecting your life.

Make sure that you answer these questions carefully and honestly:

1. I keep spending too much time on unappealing activities and less time doing things that I really want to do. True False

2.I often feel I donít have enough time for myself or for my priorities. True False

3.No matter what I do, I canít seem to get enough done and always feel stressed, tired, overcommitted, and/or exhausted. True False

4.Since retirement, I donít feel that Iím accomplishing my retirement goals. True False

5.I often feel guilty when I canít do the things that make me happy. True False

If all of your answers were ďfalseĒ then youíre on the right track. Congratulations, youíre leading a balanced life and have a very low stress level. If you answered ďtrueĒ to 1 or more questions then you can really benefit from these 5 steps which will help you more effectively balance your life:

1.Find your purpose. First and foremost, you must take some time for soul searching. During stillness, you must determine what it is that you truly value and what are your priorities. List them from 1-10. Be very specific about what is important to you and how you plan to strengthen those priorities. For instance, letís say that your first priority is to live a more purpose driven life. If so, what type of activities are you doing to help make your dreams a reality? Are you reading books or listening to purpose driven tapes? Are you attending seminars? The key here is to really hone in on what is most important.

2.Develop a workable plan. Second, now that you know what priorities are important to you, you must develop a workable plan to donate time to each one. To accomplish this, you should write them down and clarify how you can achieve each one. Decide now what steps you will take to fulfill your priorities.

3.Become committed. Third, you must become committed to your plan and realize that you canít do everything. By being committed to achieving your most important priorities first and getting them done, youíll enhance your self esteem tremendously and feel powerful.

4.Take care of yourself. Fourth, you must always factor in time to take care of yourself. By being focused on your health and developing a healthy lifestyle, youíll make sure that you have the stamina to effectively balance your priorities. Therefore, take time to access your current health situation and if necessary, make any needed changes or improvements.

5.Enjoy this time. Fifth, you must be willing to enjoy this precious time. Be grateful that you are gaining control over your retirement goals and take pleasure in being able to live a balanced life.

In conclusion, you can have a healthy and balanced life by finding your purpose, developing a workable plan, becoming committed, taking care of yourself and enjoying yourself.

About The Author: Dr. Cynthia Barnett is a ĒrefiredĒ educator who had reinvented her life moving from the school house to an entrepreneurial venue.. She is the author of ďStop Singing the Blues: 10 Powerful Strategies for Hitting the high Notes in Your Life, and RE-FIRE, Donít Retire: 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Retirees She was featured by Time magazine for their article on women in mid-life who have reinvented themselves. If you are ready to ďRE-FIREĒ your life sign up for my free 7 day audio mini course on the 7 biggest mistakes retires make and how to avoid them for an extraordinary life at www.refiredontretire.com