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Old 12-22-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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I retire in a month. I am so accustomed to getting up at 5:30 and getting stressed by traffic and work that it seems hard to believe I won't have to anymore. Now that retirement is near, I notice how people look frazzled on their way to and from work - always in a hurry - and will be so glad to be out of that mindset. Did it take you a while?
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:40 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Just pretend it's Sat or Sun for a few days. But save your shopping and errands for weekdays. And for the first few weeks, don't make yourself a schedule for anything. You can have a list of things to do, but don't set yourself a timetable. You will de-stress pretty quickly.
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:16 PM
 
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It is a big change and can take 6-12 months for some people. Time to work out new patterns for holidays, vacations, spending, hobbies, etc.
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Yep, it's an individual thing. Some people adapt to change more quickly and more easily than others. A week or two might do the trick for some, while others might need more than a year. OP, you'll just have to see how things work out for you!
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:27 PM
 
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It took me 2 seconds 😀
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:59 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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As long as it takes. I thought the minute I qualified for 5 year pension, I would give everybody one of my favorite finger. But that didn't happened. I mellowed a few weeks before I retired. Amazing.
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Old 12-22-2015, 04:08 PM
 
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It took me 2 seconds 😀
Me too only I think I started to de-stress beforehand.
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Old 12-22-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Ever been on vacation? It is the same, but without the dread of returning to work. For me, I started to smile (retirement-wise) after six days when the reality sunk in. Today is business day eight of my retirement.

With that said, I live in an area where traffic is not an issue. It was a pleasant 20 minute drive (gotta love small town life!), give or take a minute every work day. My work related stress only had to do with being AT work. The last month was stress free as I no longer gave a "bodily function" about work-beyond properly training my replacements, who were work friends.
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:36 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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I retire in a month. I am so accustomed to getting up at 5:30 and getting stressed by traffic and work that it seems hard to believe I won't have to anymore. Now that retirement is near, I notice how people look frazzled on their way to and from work - always in a hurry - and will be so glad to be out of that mindset. Did it take you a while?
I reached a point where I didn't think about work and what may be happening there. Then I quit thinking about the people there. One day I realized a co-worker I had remained good friends with, was a friend and I no longer thought of her as a co-worker and we never talked about work or the people there. It took about two years for me to not care and let that part of my life go. That's when I realized I was relaxed and work was just a nice memory that no longer affected me one way or another.
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:53 PM
 
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This is all very helpful info. Thanks!
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