If you’ve worked a five-day week (and in many cases much more) for the last 40+ years, suddenly going to an unstructured lifestyle can be a jolt, to say the least. Too often, the reality is that individuals experience boredom in retirement.
This lack of structure leaves many directionless. But it can be difficult to have this conversation with a partner or loved one. After all, how do you tell someone you think they are lacking purpose or focus in their life?
Written by Victoria Tomlinson
Victoria Tomlinson is chief executive and founder of Next-Up. Next-Up supports employers with a range of services for directors, partners and employees to help them understand the impact of retirement on mental health and create a plan to use their skills and experience in new ways to ensure wellbeing. A key part of our role is to inspire people with ideas and contacts, beyond traditional expectations. A former director of EY, she is an international speaker on unretirement, personal branding and using LinkedIn strategically as well as on leadership and women on boards. She mentors chief executives and directors, start-up businesses and ex-offenders. Victoria is Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University and chaired an advisory board for University of Leeds.