My current Retirement Lifestyle vision statement (below) is really defining the activities in which I engage. See link here on my review of how my vision statement was refined through my retirement transition to this current statement:
Active, Connected, Creative, Contemplative.
These 4 vision areas and my Putting Positive Psychology into Practice Tenets really define my daily, weekly, and monthly lifestyle!
Here’s a quick review of what my Putting Positive Psychology into Practice Tenets are:
- Savor the little things in life – Enjoy life’s micro-moments (find joy in each day – Jolts of Joy), Spend time in nature (Awe Walks)
- Invest in Experiences, not things – when planning activities, think about them with pleasurable Anticipation; when doing activities, be Attentive in the present moment; and when they are over, Reminisce about positive past
- Practice Daily Gratitude – write down 3 every day
- Practice Kindness
- Social Connections – be intentional with social bonding & friendships (both far-away virtual and IRL local) – walk & talks, whine and wine, substantive conversations, compatible couples, hubby time
- Mindfulness/Meditation – breath work, yoga, daily journaling; use the Emotional Awareness Assessment tool
- Exercise – daily movement, functional fitness (strength/cardio), and body maintenance (eat well, medical check-ups)
- Adequate Sleep
- Activate Signature Strengths from VIA Strengths (link here for finding yours) – Design your life to use your strengths more
- Encourage a Positive Future-Focused Mindset: Stop “catastrophizing”; Stop Compare & Despair mindset (shift to Compare & Admire or Compare & Inspire); Eliminate the shoulds in your life and replace them with wants; Stop “hearing” expectations; Let Go of Resentment; Shift judgment to compassion; Practice self-acceptance
- Find Purpose/Calling
Some of the different and fun things I am currently implementing in each area of my retirement lifestyle vision are:
- Active (Body/Physical) – restarted beach yoga (Red Tide seems to be gone!), more walk & talks with girlfriends (get those steps in!), and doing great on the execution of my Out-&-About for Fall plans.
- Connected (Heart/Emotional)– intentional connections are put on my calendar, including far-away friends (example: I started doing cross-stitch together with a friend as we Zoom – hi RB!) and more new-friend (local) relationship development (patience in the getting to know you stage). I’ve joined a local Ladies FB Meet-up group to find more people with common interests.
- Creative (Soul/Spiritual) – I continue to feel inadequate in this area but still doing cooking (new recipes and repeat recipes), gardening, writing/blogging, and the daily crossword puzzle. I’ve got a couple of crafts things I still hope to engage in this fall.
- Contemplative (Mind/Psychological) – exploring some feminist writings; trying new meditation app (Balance), actively working on shifting beliefs (Compare & Despair, the should’s/expectations).
It’s been over a year with a focus on these 4 areas and Putting Positive Psychology into Practice Tenets as my approach to living now in retirement. And it “feels right”!
Do you have a lifestyle vision statement that is working for you?
Photo Credit – me; sunrise visitor this week (and probably last sunrise for a bit with time change!)