Every journey to and through retirement is unique and personal. In part two of this three-part series, we will look at the role that stress plays in your retirement.
For many of us retirement means we’ll have more time to do the things we enjoy with the people we love. At least that’s the plan. And a big part of that plan is being aware of and understanding your physical and financial well-being.
But what if retirement actually brings about almost half of the most stressful events in life?1 Many of these events often take place at the same time and the accumulated stress can put your heath and happiness at risk.2
A little stress now and then is not something to be overly concerned about – in fact, a little stress can be good for you. Ongoing stress, however, can lead to serious health issues, including:3
- Mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety
- Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis and ulcerative colitis
The good news is that there are ways to identify, reduce or counterbalance the stress in your life. Take inventory with our interactive tool designed to give you insight into your current stress level and the impact that stress can have on your lifestyle in retirement.