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How can retirement make you stressed?

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All this week on The One Show Michael Mosley is looking at how stress can affect our daily lives.

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Michael Mosley meets Jenny, a recently retired teacher currently struggling with the change in pace. She's found that having little to do and few people to talk to is making her anxious.

Retirement stress is quite common, says Michael. The people that struggle with it, often mention dealing with boredom and the feeling that they have lost their role in society.

Michael convinces Jenny to join a local art group to socialise. Research shows that retired people with support networks report significantly lower levels of stress and a greater satisfaction with life. Not only that but studies have shown that people with a wide range of social contacts are better protected against colds and some diseases.

 

Ways to cope with retirement stress

Think positive - A 2002 study at Yale University found that thinking positively helps you to live longer.

Create a structure for your new phase of life - Get yourself some interests, consider a part time job or even volunteering.

Get a hobby - If you're getting close to retirement and you don't have any hobbies already - find some! The state of being absorbed in a creative or fun activity is a great way of relieving stress.

Can retirement really be that stressful? What do you think? Have your say, below.

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