By Cynthia Barnett
Now that youíve retired, you have entered an entirely new
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
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
stress is affecting your life.
Make sure that you answer these questions carefully and
1. I keep spending too much time on unappealing activities and
less time doing things that I really want to do.
2.I often feel I donít have enough time for myself or for my
3.No matter what I do, I canít seem to get enough done and
always feel stressed, tired, overcommitted, and/or exhausted.
4.Since retirement, I donít feel that Iím accomplishing my
5.I often feel guilty when I canít do the things that make me
If all of your answers were ďfalseĒ then youíre on the right
track. Congratulations, youíre leading a balanced life and
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
or listening to purpose driven tapes? Are you attending
seminars? The key here is to really hone in on what is most
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
write them down and clarify how you can achieve each one.
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
getting them done, youíll enhance your self esteem
and feel powerful.
4.Take care of yourself. Fourth, you must always factor in
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
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
article on women in mid-life who have reinvented themselves.
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