Anxiety About Retirement

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tuckerd1, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. tuckerd1

    tuckerd1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Paint Rock Valley, Alabama
    How many of you that are retired had anxiety attacks as you neared retirement?

    I am now. I have 25 days to go and it appears I am stressing out about my pending retirement. I'm not one to stress out over things, but this is bothering me. I am 61 and have been workingsteadly since I was 16. I spent 8 years in the Navy and 3 years in college, but I look at those as the same.

    I will be in decent shape money wise so that isn't the issue. I guess it is the single largest life change other than being drafted and/or becoming a father that I have undergone.
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Northeast Georgia

    I retired from the Army in 1996 and plan on retiring from the Post Office next year (388 days, but who's counting). I don't remember having any anxiety about the one from the Army, at all. Just look at it as one chapter in your life ending and another one opening.
  3. SARG

    SARG Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    I suspect you won't regret it after awhile.

    I guess it's all about the math. After all .... this life is a one way trip.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  4. tango1niner

    tango1niner New Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    rural upstate NY
    Congratulations are in order. Don't stress about it. You will be fine. I retired 4 yrs. ago and find I am busier now than when I was working. It is wonderfull. My wife retires in 6 mos., she can't wait. The only advice I can give is: If your home is not paid off you should pay it off as quickly as possible and rid yourself of debt. Do not hold a mortgage for the write off, that is BS.

    Congratulations again and good luck!
  5. GunnyGene

    GunnyGene New Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Been there, done that. Twice (USMC and Boeing). Currently I'm 13 years into my 3rd career as I like to call it. I won't say I had any 'anxiety' attacks in connection with my retirements; but the prospect of being hanged in the morning, does focus the mind. ;):D
  6. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I had anxiety for one day......
    It too, passed.
    Years of fast-paced, not-enough-time,
    5hrs sleep/night, wife sayin' 'slow down,
    you ain't no spring chicken'........
    Took her advice, and it took a while.....
    Now, I look at all that needs to still be
    done, evaluate it for importance, try to
    get [some] project done or at least worked on
    a little bit.....each matter the size,
    large or small........
    And now have the option to use the 'Spanish'
    that I have learned thru the years.......
    .........MANANA....!!!! :):)
    [In English, it means 'tomorrow'......
    in Spanish, it means 'not today']

    I have 13 Zillion dollars that I got from
    an obama worries, mate. :(
    He fittin' to buy me a new bathroom
    and pump my gas !

    I now have the time to spend/share with
    my lovely bride.....and that's worth more than $$$$
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  7. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Don, I'm going into my third year of retirement and it's not so bad.

    I still work a few days a month to get a break from shooting, camping and fishing.

    I'm usually awake before 4 am and in bed asleep by 10 PM.

    I like it.
  8. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2012
    mountains of wv.
    i have no regrets about retiring.
    i do miss some of the people i worked with, then there is some i dont care if i ever see again
  9. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sitka, Alaska
    Retired in '93 and moved from the People's Republic of New York to Alaska. No anxiety attacks whatsoever, but the number of projects I'd been putting off for years has grown - or perhaps I'd just lost track of how many I'd accumulated while planning for retirement. No big deal, I just keep my assigned Honey Do chores and retirement projects in proper synch (about a 10:1 ratio it seems) and life is good.
  10. bamajoey

    bamajoey Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    Same here. I retired 11 years ago at the old age of 54. The only anxiety I had was waking up every morning knowing I had to go to work. I still don't know how I had the time when I was working to do the things I do now and still work. Best thing that ever happened. Wifey retired 5 years ago, so we have lots of time to do the things we like best, travel, fish, travel, work in the garden, travel, and play with the grandkids. Did I mention travel.:D
    Don't worry, keep busy, and you will wish you could have done it years ago.
  11. Hugh357

    Hugh357 Member

    Feb 15, 2012
    I too was anxious about retiring in 1997. I asked friends, workers about retirement, however the ultimate decision came down to me. I was in a high stress job and was in charge of 90 appraisers, who all had their own idea how things should be done. I too had worked all my life after college and army. Once I got my pen and pencil set from the powers to be I never looked back. If you are only retiring because you can you need to look at your job. Do you enjoy what you are doing? Do you get along with your coworkers for the most part? Do you enjoy for the most part going to work every day? If you answer all those questions to the affirmative then why are you leaving? If there are things you do and would like to do more of but have been unable to because of your job then that is a good reason to leave if you are financially able to do so. Is there something else you would rather do? Then leave and do it.
    It is a MAJOR life move. Think it out financially. The last thing you want to do is have to look for a part time job, unless you want to.
    Best of wishes.
  12. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    I will be 63 next month. Home is paid for. My only problem is healthcare. My wife is 10 years younger and my job covers her. She has a heart condition so she can't go without healthcare. May have to work until they kick me out or I drop over dead.
  13. m77user

    m77user Active Member

    Sep 8, 2012
    Jefferson City, Mt.
    retired. Really Exciting Thing Is Really Everyone's Dream. I am taking a part time job. Retirement is not mandatory. Hope you get over the stress, or uncertainty and get on with enjoying your new found free time. Congrats.
  14. Rogeritall

    Rogeritall Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Take up all the hobbies you never had time for when you were working... Also, if you get too bored you're still allowed to work part time, and there is always volunteer work at hospitals or church.

    Due to health problems I've had to go into semi retirement at the age of 50 (now 52), and it was a terrible shock to my way of life. But, part time work and volunteer stuff has helped, not to mention hobbies likes shooting and reloading when my health allows. It seems like there is always something to do. I've been blessed.

    Best of luck and good fortune to you... :)
  15. jedwil

    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Texas Hill Country
    My worry is that, due to Obamacare, I will be forced to retire before I am ready. I'm 62 and would like to work about 6 more years.
  16. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    Move between WA and points south
    I went at 53 1/2 back in '99 and haven't missed the full time job yet. We have done some workcamping which if you find a good job is fun. I did, a few months back, see a summer job as a range master at a shooting range, that could be fun.

    So far, I haven't seen the downside of retirement other than you don't get holidays off, no vacation, no big fat bonus check, etc.

    Health care can be a problem but what bozo is promising, you will be ok.
  17. ejkoechling

    ejkoechling Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2012
    Imperial, MO
    congrats. I have 4 years to go and will be out at 53 ( provided I get the 1200 hrs I need for the 4 years.) Have another career lined up part time at local gun shop and some part time at golf course. Can't wait to start over
  18. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Near Fairbanks
    I am happily retired. Would suggest that if your are
    a "people person" that you find an activity that puts
    you around a lot of people. Enjoy being out of the rat race.
  19. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sitka, Alaska
    Was just chuckling recalling my dad's retirement back in '77, age 61, after logging 30 years with the CAA/FAA. My mom, a stay-at-home housewife for those thirty years, then went out and found herself a part time job because dad was driving her nuts puttering with retirement projects, leaving tools parked in handy locations (like on her sewing table) etc. It took a bit of adjusting, but they both survived his transition to retirement.
  20. Redhand

    Redhand Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Your biggest worry will be finding enough time to get done what you want to,and wonder how you got anything done while you were working. The best part of retirement is working a job because you don't have too. Get yourself a good quality metal detector and get out and find what you and others have lost for years. It's FUN,addictive,great excercise and it really wakes up your imagination. Have a great one.:confused::eek::D:D:D:rolleyes::D:D:D
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