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Chaos May Affect the Retirement Lifestyle
Some people thrive in chaos, but most of us need schedules, structure and peace of mind to thrive in today’s world and to achieve the retirement lifestyle we want. As retired adults, you may not have the same type of schedule as you did when you were in the work world. But some retirees find themselves just as busy or even busier when they retire. Without some thought, you could easily say yes to too many of the wonderful activities at Westminster Village. The activity calendar is full so that everyone has choices.
Learn how to say no to others
Many people may think that as a retiree you have all the time in the world. It’s true that your time may be more flexible and more open now, but others may take advantage of your freedom from work. Each of you can be the master of your schedule by saying no when you have too much on your calendar. Most people understand that saying no is not a negative towards a person or a project. And, it’s easier to say no at the beginning instead of having to back out in the middle of the project. Saying no benefits everyone.
Order at home can make things easier
Chaos in your home can also affect you. Some people need order before they can complete projects. Dishes and laundry done, beds made and house cleaned. But how do you keep things in order when you’re already busy? First, if you like everything to have a place, but you have lots of things, maybe it’s time to purge. The common rule for purging belongings is “if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it.” When the experts say less is more, it is often true.
If you like everything to be ordered and clean, then perhaps you can do a little every day to make sure rooms are clean and tidy. You might even consider doing a load of laundry every day as you have time instead of all of it in one day.
People can cause chaos in any life
Divest yourself of toxic people in your life. People who are negative or continue to take advantage of your good nature will constantly create chaos. If these are acquaintances, it’s probably best to simply leave them behind. It may be difficult to tell them to hit the road but also necessary. If they are long-time friends, have a frank talk with them. They might not even realize that their behavior is causing stress and chaos. Be prepared. They might change the behavior or discontinue the friendship. But, put the decision in their court.
Healthy active adults can sustain balance
Your health and wellness can also affect the balance of your life. If you’re constantly tired or always unwell, it will be difficult to keep up with responsibilities and fun activities. Get plenty of sleep, (seven to eight hours every night), exercise and eat a balanced diet.
Avoiding chaos doesn’t mean that you can’t have an active, full calendar. It just means that you’ll be in a better, less stressful mindset to enjoy them all. Avoiding an over-scheduled calendar and staying on top of things at home and with friends can mean a much more peaceful and less chaotic lifestyle.
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team