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“5 Things You Should Do to Optimize Your Wellness After Retirement” With Adri Kyser and Beau Henderson

Spend more time with family and friends and stay socially active. As human beings, we crave connection and a sense of belonging. Staying socially active and spending time with your loved ones can boost your mood and decrease your chances of feeling depressed, isolated, and lonely. My dad is 75 years old and still going strong. Being surrounded by his family and extended family gives him a sense of belonging and keeps him engaged in the family dynamics.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

What advice would you suggest to your colleagues in your industry to thrive and avoid burnout?

What advice would you give to other leaders about how to create a fantastic work culture?

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. Retirement is a dramatic ‘life course transition’ that can impact one’s health. In some cases, retirement can reduce health, and in others it can improve health. Can you share with our readers 5 things that one should do to optimize mental wellness after retirement? Please share a story or an example for each.

  1. Spend more time with family and friends and stay socially active. As human beings, we crave connection and a sense of belonging. Staying socially active and spending time with your loved ones can boost your mood and decrease your chances of feeling depressed, isolated, and lonely. My dad is 75 years old and still going strong. Being surrounded by his family and extended family gives him a sense of belonging and keeps him engaged in the family dynamics.
  2. Practice Meditation and brain exercises. Many scientific studies have shown that Meditation is fantastic for the health of your brain. It helps to reduce stress, promote metal clarity, increase memory functions, and improves your sense of self and wellbeing. In 2011, Sara Lazar and her team at Harvard (read about her research here) found that mindfulness meditation can change the structure of the brain! Isn’t that amazing? Her research found measurable changes in brain regions associated with; a) memory b) sense of self c) empathy d) stress. These changes appeared in subjects who practiced mindfulness meditation for only eight weeks. Brain exercises keep your brain stimulated. They also increase focus and promote brain health.
  3. Find a hobby or become a mentor — having someone you can mentor, volunteering your time to a project or social cause you care about and/or finding a hobby that brings you joy are essential for your mental and emotional health. These activities help you cultivate a sense of belonging, bring a sense of fulfilment and focus, and keep you engaged in the community.
  4. Keep learning and/or try new things — this helps to keep your brain active and performing at it’s best. It also creates new behavioral patterns and creates new nerve cell connections and neural pathways that slow down the aging process of the brain. (connecting distant areas of the brain based in new habits and behavior)
  5. Travel- I love to travel and explore new locations, meet new people, and learn about their history and culture. Science has proven 5 health benefits of traveling abroad including a reduction of stress and a lowered risk of depression. This study also points out that travel brings a deeper sense of joy and happiness. More than any material possession can provide, traveling will help you create new memories, experiences, and learn new things all while keeping you physically and mentally active.

Can you share with our readers 5 things that one should do to optimize their physical wellness after retirement? Please share a story or an example for each.

  1. Stay active — go for a walk, take on gardening, play golf, or find ways to stay physically active. Physical activity will help your body stay healthy and strong. According to the article “Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain”, dancing, remarkably, has a profound effect on reversing the brain’s signs of aging. (This study was recently published in the journal of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience) I firmly believe that physical, mental, and emotional wellness is essential for a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. Staying physically active can do wonders for your overall health and the quality of your life. Remember, we don’t stop moving because we grow old. We grow old because we stop moving.
  2. Eat healthy — a healthy diet is a foundation for great health. It helps your body get the nutrients it needs to perform at its best. A healthy diet can help you sustain a healthy body weight, increase your energy levels, and reduce risks of disease. After all, you are what you eat. If you choose highly processed food that are full of empty calories on a regular basis, you will feel tired, lethargic, and deprive your body of what it needs to function at its optimum level. A bad diet increases your chances of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels, and even affects your mood in negative ways.
  3. Give Yoga, Tai Chi, or Pilates classes a try. These mindful practices are excellent resources to keep your body and mind healthy, strong, and agile. They also help reduce stress, promote a sense of well-being, and boost your mood and mental focus.As we age, we tend to lose our balance more. Yoga helps you work on your balance. Practicing Yoga on a regular basis greatly reduces our of risk of falling as we get older.
  4. Travel- I love to travel and explore new locations, meet new people, and learn about their history and culture. Science has proven 5 health benefits of traveling abroad including a reduction of stress and a lowered risk of depression. This study also points out that travel brings a deeper sense of joy and happiness. More than any material possession can provide, traveling will help you create new memories, experiences, and learn new things all while keeping you physically and mentally active.
  5. Get a pet. Having a pet brings happiness, love, and companionship. All key emotions for physical and emotional wellness. A dog is a man or woman’s best friend and you will be more likely to get out of the house and take the dog for a walk. Having a cat or a dog can also help lower your blood pressure and reduce stress.

In your experience, what are 3 or 4 things that people wish someone told them before they retired?

  1. Start saving money as early as you can. If you think you’re saving enough money, you are not. Save some more.
  2. Invest your money wisely and find someone that you trust to help you manage your investments.
  3. Make a plan and review it every year.
  4. Go for the experiences, you don’t need all of the extra “stuff”.

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story?

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them :-)

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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Beau Henderson

Author | Radio Host | Syndicated Columnist | Retirement Planning Expert