5 R's of retirement

Keep calm and reward yourself in retirement

Members of the education community understand the three R's. But for retirees, it comes down to the five R's – five pillars for a happy retirement - according to author Dave Bernard.

  1. Reward yourself. Be as busy or leisurely as you wish. That freedom is its own reward.
  2. Rejuvenate your life. With the pace of work, you can get stuck into certain behaviours and habits. Now’s the chance to make a fresh start.
  3. Refocus your energies. Now, you will have time for things in life that may not have received the attention they deserved – family, friends, and health, not to mention your passions outside of work.
  4. Renew your interests. Revisit old pastimes or pick up new ones – whatever engages and inspires you.
  5. Respect your limitations. Instead of regretting what you can no longer do, rejoice in your current activities. Treat yourself with care.

Sources: I Want to Retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to be and Navigating the Retirement Jungle,  Dave Bernard.


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